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Migration problems if you have a child with a disability

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    Guest katieb

    Hello All,

     

    I have not posted in this forum for a few years but I just wanted to raise awareness to a situation that we have just experienced.

     

    We arrived in Adelaide 5 years ago on a temporary working visa (457) sponsored by my husbands employer (BAE Systems).

     

    After 5 years of being here BAE Systems (Australia) offered my husband a permanent position and therefore we required to apply for Permanent Residency.

     

    Our application was sponsored by my husband employer but unfortunately our initial application for residency was refused due to the fact that our 4 year old son did not meet the financial criteria due to the fact that he is Autistic. Immigration claimed that for the next 5 years it would cost the governments $225k to support my son! We were then requested to apply for a health waiver to support our application.

     

    My son is at the high functioning end of the Autism Spectrum and therefore will require minimal support during his schooling and therefore the figure $225K (Government standard figure) was not representative our son's condition or the care that he will require.

     

    To cut a long story short we were required to provided a number of specialist report for our son and statements of financial worth to contribute to our Health Waiver Application. After a further 3 month our application was finally approved. I don't want to scare people in a similar situation but just want to make people away of the potential impact of your application if you or a family member has a disability.

     

     

    I hope this helps someone has a better understanding of the process and issues.

     

    Katie

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    Guest AliinAus

    Congratulations on your application getting approved, unfortunately, we also know of someone who is unable to gain PR due to their childs disability. I'm sure your post will help others with similar circumstances. Thanks for coming back on to post.

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    Guest Guest6899

    good news.... my son has high functioning autism, we were told by a migration expert years ago basically not to waste our money, but we went ahead anyway. he was referred for a whole week before been granted our visas. we did not supply lots extra evidence just letter from school, autism outreach team ect. he doesnt drain any money out of the system, we do not claim for him and he has a private education. im unsure to why they came to that decision financially for you.

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    Guest Amigo1

    Katie,

     

    We are going through the exact same thing at the moment, could you possibly pm me please?

     

    thanks so much.

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    Guest Vinnie

    Hi Katie, We were requested to submit almost the same as yours. However, after submitted those documents end of June 2013, we have yet to receive any news from our case officer. The current case officer is the third case officer we had. She will not reply to us whenever we ask for the status. Do you actually call up to follow up? Please advise.

     

    Thank you.

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