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Old Aug 15th 2004, 2:41 pm
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Question The sponsorship of UK parents to the USA

We have two sons both green card holders living permanently in the USA. One is about to file for citizenship and may then apply to sponsor us as parents into the USA. We are both of early retirement age and would not wish to work in America.

Has anyone any comments or personal experience of this situation? We wiould be grateful for any input on this subject.

Thank you

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Originally Posted by Bob and Jenny Good
We have two sons both green card holders living permanently in the USA. One is about to file for citizenship and may then apply to sponsor us as parents into the USA. We are both of early retirement age and would not wish to work in America.
Has anyone any comments or personal experience of this situation? We wiould be grateful for any input on this subject.Thank you
Start saving for your medical Insurance !!
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OMG yes!! When I retire, we're moving back over there, unless things change here. I see what my grandparents go through just trying to buy their medication.....sad reality over here.
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Default Re: The sponsorship of UK parents to the USA

Originally Posted by Bob and Jenny Good
We have two sons both green card holders living permanently in the USA. One is about to file for citizenship and may then apply to sponsor us as parents into the USA. We are both of early retirement age and would not wish to work in America.

Has anyone any comments or personal experience of this situation? We wiould be grateful for any input on this subject.

Thank you
You wont qualify for medicare as you are non US citizens and have not lived here long enough to have paid into the system and qualified for medicare. Heres the website:

http://www.medicare.gov/

Without this you will find it next to impossible to find any private insurers willing to take you on and you would have to pay all your own medical bills. Thats a lot of money, a prolonged stay in hospital can cost you 10's, or even 100,s, of thousands of dollars.

Seriously unless your sons are very rich then forget it its just not feasible. I have resigned myself to my mother never being able to come over here unless I become a millionaire(come on that powerball).

Sorry i am sure its not what you want to hear but research the healthcare issue very carefully or you could find yourself very bankrupt very quickly over here.
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This has been raised before with the same conclusion. Probably best to work on the basis of long holidays, at least you can get trave insurance that way.

That also avoids the hassle of sponsering and Immigration do not seem to give 'Seniors' such a hard time with frequent visits.
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Originally Posted by Bob and Jenny Good
We have two sons both green card holders living permanently in the USA. One is about to file for citizenship and may then apply to sponsor us as parents into the USA. We are both of early retirement age and would not wish to work in America.

Has anyone any comments or personal experience of this situation? We wiould be grateful for any input on this subject.

Thank you
It's like Duncs et al said ... healthcare is a very BIG issue; I know because I successfully sponsored a parent. Also keep in mind that the child that sponsors you will have to sign an affidavit of support and supply two years of tax returns (at least that is what I had to do, I doubt it has got any easier). One positive thing: immediate relatives of US citizens get priority treatment. Good luck.

One other good thing, I understand that it is possible to buy into Medicare once a senior GC holder gets US citizenship, currently costs around $360 pcm, but it takes a sponsored parent at least five years to become a US citizen (three if they end up marrying a US citizen, not likely but who knows) and this "buyin" might be plugged or become cost prohibitive, and the coverage is likely limited and may offer very little relief with regard to prescription drug costs; anyway, do your own due diligence, I might be wrong about this.

Also, it is my understanding that a senior is not required to do the US citizenship test. Again, good luck.

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One other good thing, I understand that it is possible to buy into Medicare once a senior GC holder gets US citizenship, currently costs around $360 pcm, but it takes a sponsored parent at least five years to become a US citizen (three if they end up marrying a US citizen, not likely but who knows) and this "buyin" might be plugged or become cost prohibitive, and the coverage is likely limited and may offer very little relief with regard to prescription drug costs; anyway, do your own due diligence, I might be wrong about this.
Taken from http://medicare.custhelp.com

You will be eligible to apply for Medicare if you have paid into Social Security for at least 10 years or you are eligible to receive Social Security benefits on your spouse’s earnings. If you do not meet these requirements, you can still get Medicare hospital insurance (Part A) by paying a monthly premium if you are a citizen or a lawfully admitted alien who has lived in the U.S. for at least five years.

Also, anyone who is age 65 and a citizen or a lawfully admitted alien with five years of residency in the United States can sign up for Medicare Part B. Medical Insurance and pay a monthly premium.
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And just to make things that much more positive, sorry to be so negative Bob and Jenny, Medicare doesn't always cover the whole enchilada. My grandparents have supplemental insurance (AARP) and have always had to keep that up, even now in their late 80's. They get a discount on their prescriptions, but not always enough.

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Taken from http://medicare.custhelp.com

You will be eligible to apply for Medicare if you have paid into Social Security for at least 10 years or you are eligible to receive Social Security benefits on your spouse’s earnings. If you do not meet these requirements, you can still get Medicare hospital insurance (Part A) by paying a monthly premium if you are a citizen or a lawfully admitted alien who has lived in the U.S. for at least five years.

Also, anyone who is age 65 and a citizen or a lawfully admitted alien with five years of residency in the United States can sign up for Medicare Part B. Medical Insurance and pay a monthly premium.
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Kool. Thanks for the clarification.
You're welcome! Doing research on it at the moment. Also, forgot to add that your figures are looking about right regarding costs according to my guesstimation.
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Originally Posted by Bob and Jenny Good
We have two sons both green card holders living permanently in the USA. One is about to file for citizenship and may then apply to sponsor us as parents into the USA. We are both of early retirement age and would not wish to work in America.

Has anyone any comments or personal experience of this situation? We wiould be grateful for any input on this subject.

Thank you
They will not be able to sponser them until they are sworn as citzens, then thay can apply etc. I am in a similar situation myself.
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They will not be able to sponser them until they are sworn as citzens, then thay can apply etc. I am in a similar situation myself.
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