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Hi there,


I'm currently on a mild dose of anti-depressants and have been for 3 years now. I am taking them for an old anxiety problem (not actually depression). My husband has recently passed his plumbing trade assessment and we are waiting for the children's passports to come through before we proceed with the online 175 visa application. Can you tell me if the fact that I am on medication is going to hinder us at all when applying for the 175 visa? I am worried when it comes to the medicals. Also do you know exactly what the 175 visa costs at the moment and if it is all payable upon submission of the online visa application? Many thanks for your help.

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Comment by Paul Johnson on May 25, 2011 at 2:18



You're not compelled to join a private health care scheme, but it does make sense.  Some medication can be covered by Medicare or by your insurer, but you'd need to discuss that with your provider, otherwise you will pay both the premium and the cost of the medication.  I suggest you do a bit of research, as I have no experience (never even been to a doctor here).

Comment by Alexandra Savage on May 24, 2011 at 20:37
Hi Paul. You have to join a private medical care scheme I believe don't you? Is medicaiton then free or do you pay that aswell as your premium? Thanks
Comment by Paul Johnson on May 23, 2011 at 3:52
I don't think it will count against you, but you might want to investigate how much your medication will cost here; remember it's not free healthcare.
Comment by Alexandra Savage on May 22, 2011 at 21:27
Thanks John, what about the medication side please?
Comment by John on May 22, 2011 at 21:22

Hi Alexandra


Happy to help. According to the Australian Immigration Department, the cost for a 175 is 


Skilled - Independent (Migrant) visa (subclass 175)

Charge Type Charge Amount

1st instalment


2nd instalment



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