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Old Jul 9th 2017, 6:53 am
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Hi I was wondering if you can give me an idea whether we stand any chance of being able to emigrate over to Brisbane, Australia to be with my two sons and their families They have been in Australia for over 7 years.
My husband and myself were born in 1951 therefore we are both 65 this year. I have osteoarthritis and both hips have been replaced. My husband suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and it is controlled by tablets.
I have a daughter who has always lived with us born in 1978 therefore 38 this year. My daughter has suffered from mental illness and slight learning difficulties therefore she has never been able to work. Eventually after trial and error she has been stable for over a year now and attends different day groups here for people with similar problems.
We seem to have an awful lot of problems so I don't think there is much chance of us being allowed to emigrate but as you can imagine as there are only the three of us here and all the rest of my family and grandchildren at the other side of the world I worry about what will happen to my daughter when my husband and I are no longer here to look after her and her two brothers so far away.
I would be grateful if you can let me know what you think.
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Old Jul 9th 2017, 7:30 am
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I am sorry to say that I think you will be out of luck. Others with more intimate knowledge of australian immigration rules should be along later with more pertinent advice.
So far as I can gather from threads on BE , visas for aged parents take many years to obtain , if at all , and cost a fortune. The other problem is will your health problems mean you, your husband or your daughter cost the australian Health authorities money? If so , this is another stumbling block. Like many countries Australia really only wants immigrants who will contribute to the countries economy and makes it difficult for others. Do not give up hope completely yet as those with more knowledge and experience of these matters may have suggestions. You can always visit your sons but as you say, the biggest problem is what happens to your daughter when you are not around to care for her? I feel sympathy for you and others in similar circumstances.
we have an 81 year old friend in UK whose only daughter lives in OZ . She gave up on aged parents visa years ago and suffers from various ailments so she can only visit. She does go every year for about 2 months tho'!
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I'm sorry I don't have any useful advice to give you as I'm an older Aussie who's moved the other way to live with my Brit husband. I just wanted to wish you the best of luck, you're obviously great parents and it would be wonderful if you could get your visa.

As mentioned, there are a lot of very cluey members here who will hopefully be able to advise you. You might have to wait a bit for a reply though, being a Sunday. Good luck with it all
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You might both squeak in with the CPV but I fear your daughter would be the stumbling block - with her disabilities it is likely that she would fail the medical and even if you two went for it alone she would not be able to follow. I think you will be consigned to holidays only but you will need to do some planning about poa and care of your daughter when you are no longer there for her.
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It depends on the nature of your daughters disability and the costs to the state for care.

Australia applies monetary limits on what a migrant is reasonably expected to cost the tax payer. This can be complex and as a result I would recomend speaking to a specialist migration agent for a proffessional assessment. One of the most respected in this is George Lombard.

There are visas that don't take that long to process such as the contributory parent visa. However, they are expensive. In the many tens of thousands for a couple.
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I agree with Stormy's suggestion of speaking with a MARA qualified agent who's experienced with visas for people with medical/health issues. When so much is riding on it it's well worth giving yourself the best chance.
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