alanmcgarragh

having a baby after visa granted

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    Just thought I would post a cautionary tale about a recent experience.

     

    I will begin with the great news back in Nov 2012 when we were granted our 190 visa for me my wife and 3 year old (happy days) we then planned our reccie visit to Adelaide for March 2013 this came and went without a hitch, upon returning we found out my wife was expecting a baby in December 2013 (happy days) April 2013 contacted immigration case worker for advice as would like to have baby in uk so family can see little one before we move for good, information received was that this is not a problem as all we needed to do was to get a birth certificate and passport for the baby when she arrives and send it to them and she would be added to the visa no charge (very happy days)

     

    17th December 2013 10lbs 8 ounce baby girl arrives (very happy days) next day birth cert obtained and passport applied for, as soon as passport received this is sent to case worker as previously agreed.

     

    at this point movers booked and paid for, house disposed of, flights booked, temp short term accom booked and paid for and looking forwards to 1st March departure (Happy days)

     

    Then Boooom, email from Case worker stating they gave wrong advice and we would now need to apply for a child visa which can take from 3 to 14 months and the applicant cant be in Australia when application lodged or granted and it costs $3000 + medical fees as well not to mention the thought of loosing all the money already forked out if we have to cancel march departure ( not very happy days)

     

    Thankfully the case worker and DIAC have understood the position they have put us in and are working hard to resolve the issue so baby can travel with us and not have to leave the country to get a visa granted, this has been a very stressful few days and one no one should have to go through so please take this advice if you find yourself in the situation of having a visa granted then finding out your having a baby.

     

    Don't stay in UK until baby has been born, have it in Australia as the baby would automatically be granted the right to stay in Australia, no cost and no hassle

     

    Not out of woods yet but phew!!! I can start to enjoy the thought of being in Oz again in March (happy days)

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    As far as I know you can get a tourist visa for your baby (congratulations by the way) and then apply for the child visa once they are here. They get a bridging visa until they gain pr, but as long as they are not school age yet it should all go well.

     

    It sounds like your co got confused with what happens when parents with pr give birth in Australia. Hopefully they sort something out for, but I've never heard if them waiving fees (fingers crossed for you). Good luck.

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    Hi Blossom, thanks for reply, that's pretty much what will happen as a last resort if they cant sort out things before we go, I have now sorted holiday visa out for little one to travel and we may have to complete a sub class 802 when we land, don't blame any one as the CO has been great , we all make mistakes and theirs is a hard enough job at best of time i'm just glad we can go when planned and while I don't wont to pay another $3500 for the 802 visa I will just smile and hand it over lol

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    We had a baby in between application and moving. We just added him on as another dependent to my husbands 475 visa. Didn't cost any more for the visa but he did have to have a medical too xxx

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    Hi Jo, That's interesting, had your visa been granted or was it still in the processing stage, our 190 PR visa had been granted and we had been to Adelaide and validated it so not able to just add her on but thankfully I think they are sorting it now and cant wait.

     

    regards

    Al

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    I love your post, AlanMcGarrah! Made me smile. A sense of humour will carry you through the tough times; inevitable along the road to Oz and beyond, in the early days, until you get properly 'dug in'. Don't give up; I'm sure you'll be absolutely fine. Congratulations on your new baby girl, btw! Well done, and good luck in your new life in the Land Down Under. xx

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    Guest Colleenr

    Hi Alan, can you update me with how it played out for your family, have found ourselves in the same situation and trying not to stress about it. Was so relieved to get the visa process over and done with, gutted that we're going to have to start it again for our little girl. Got flights booked for June so not going t be enough time to get her visa in the uk. Any advice much appreciate, :-) x

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    Hi Colleen, firstly congrats on getting the visa and more importantly on the new baby, with us it played out ok in the end as our case worker had made the mistake in telling us that it was okay to have the baby in the uk then just add her to the visa when she was born, we where advised to just go to Australia as planned with the little one on a 12 month tourist visa then contact the case worker when we landed, which we did and thankfully they just added her to the visa at that point.

    I've made the assumption that baby has arrived,(if not have the baby in Australia) my advice to you would be to speak to your case worker asap as you will have to lodge an application for your daughter as soon as possible, this doesn't mean she wont be able to travel in June with your daughter but she would be on a holiday visa, which if her visa hadn't come through within 3 months of arrival in Australia you would have to take a flight out and back to somewhere like NZ or any other non Oz country, not the best I know but cheaper than cancelling your flights, we were told that her visa could take up to 12 months but that's an outside estimate and I'm sure your case worker can help but you need to act quickly, and try not to stress it will be worth it in the end, we have settled quite we in Adelaide and made some great friends (mainly brits lol) and looking forwards to our first xmas in the sun by the beach, Good luck and let me know how you get on

     

    Regards

     

    Alan

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    Guest Thinuli

    Hi all.

    Its a very interesting discussion, we ( me , wife and my daughter)got our 190 visa on last july 7 th. On august i got to knw that my wife is pregnant again. Her estimated delivery date is 2015 april 29, we booked our ticket to adelaide in february.

    My question is do i need to inform the immi department regarding pregnancy before ariving?

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    Hi all.

    Its a very interesting discussion, we ( me , wife and my daughter)got our 190 visa on last july 7 th. On august i got to knw that my wife is pregnant again. Her estimated delivery date is 2015 april 29, we booked our ticket to adelaide in february.

    My question is do i need to inform the immi department regarding pregnancy before ariving?

     

    My thinking is no as your baby will be born in Australia, im guessing a 190 visa is a PR visa and not a temp visa, If PR then your new arrival will able to be just added to your visa and I believe eligible for oz passport but it wouldnt be bad idea to discuss with your case worker as wouldnt be in anyway detrimental to travel, good look congratulations and merry xmas

    Alan

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