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Bridging Visa News: Medicare Australia

The Australian Government’s department of human services has recently released an update for the Medicare system that will effect some temporary visa holders. Below is a news extract from the official website of the department of human services.

If you’re an Unauthorised Maritime Arrival on a Bridging visa or hold TPV or SHEV, it’s time get a new Medicare card.

If your Medicare card is due to expire on or before 31 December 2017, you need to visit us if you’re:

  • an Unauthorised Maritime Arrival on a Bridging Visa, or
  • a Temporary Protection Visa (TPV) holder, or
  • a Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) holder

Don’t wait for your (medicare) card to expire.

We’ll have reduced staff and opening hours from 22 December 2017 to 2 January 2018.

What you need to do to get your new medicare card

Visit your nearest Medicare service centre as soon as you can to avoid possible delays.

Make sure you bring the correct documents with you, including

  • a completed Medicare Enrolment form
  • your passport or Immicard
  • your current visa details
  • a letter or email from the Administrative Appeals Tribunal if you’ve lodged an appeal against a refused visa decision

Original article sourcewww.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/news/important-medicare-update-some-visa-holders

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