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Ubon Joe - I need your advice.

I have a Non-OA retirement visa permitted to stay until 18th December 2020.

At my last report I was told to return on the 6th December. 

Because of the Covid I was unable to return to Oz in March where I was going to apply for the pension

I made an application for a pension online in July but they rejected it last week because I was not in Oz at the time of the application.  

With no income I have used up a good part of my 800,000 baht in the bank.

Borders are still locked in WA and I don't fancy doing two weeks in quarantine due to the costs.

What do you see as my alternatives - if any  and what will be the possible consequences?

 

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There are a lot of people stuck overseas. Many have been unable to return to Australia in a timely way to apply for their Old Age Pensions. While the Australian Government is generally sympathetic, Ce

You could use an agent to cover money in bank issue and obtain 12 month extension before Dec 18.  Or you could see what's happening with 60 day extensions at that time.  Lastly you could fly

No. You have to be in Australia to apply for the OAP. If granted you receive the pension from the date of application.   You have to stay in Australia for two years for you pension to become

You may not find any life saving paddles anytime soon.

You state you have no income over and above the 800k visa extension money which you are now using to live here.

You found out the hard way that you can't apply for the pension from overseas, and even if you could travel easily to make the application, it is not portable until you have served your 2 years in Australia.

If you are relying on the pension to provide your subsistence money in Thailand it can't happen for that period. I don't think there's any good short term solutions for you particularly in regard to the Aussie pension.

 

 

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You have 2 options

1: use an un-reputable agent that can falsify the documents 

2: Contact the Australian Embassy and register for a repatriation flight back to Australia.

The Australian borders are not closed to its own citizens returning on repatriation flights

But what ever your choice is, you will still have to return to Australia for 2 years to qualify for your pension to be portable

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Check this website

https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/age-pension/who-can-get-it/residence-rules

To get Age Pension you generally need to have been an Australian resident for at least 10 years in total. For at least 5 of these years, there must be no break in your residence.

 

If you are living in Thailand then you have broken your residency with Australia. So you may have to go back and live there for a minimum of 5 years with no break to be eligible to apply for the aged pension

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18 hours ago, uncleP said:

I thought you had to be in oz for two years to get your government pension.

Have to be there to apply,  can't take pension out of country for 2 years

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Thanks for all the well-meaning replies.  I feel aggrieved by the way I have been treated by the OZ system. I worked as a dental practitioner for an unblemished 52 years during which time I witnessed  hundreds of passport applications without remuneration, or thanks from the govt.   Apparently I was trustworthy enough for that job.  I find myself in this situation due mainly to the Covid-19 panic and not being able to apply for the pension on a trip booked for last March.

Government departments are making hand-outs of what must be many millions of dollars to people affected by the lockdowns.  I spoke to a Centrelink rep (with a foreign accent) a couple of times and requested a review but he was unmoved and pulled the "you must be in Oz to apply" chestnut. (They sat on my online application for 3 months). Besides that they falsely calculated I had an income of over $7000 a fortnight, but of course they did not want to admit that mistake. I applied for different bank loans but they were rejected because I have no income. Apparently the banks are better informed than Centrelink.  

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10 minutes ago, xerostar said:

Thanks for all the well-meaning replies.  I feel aggrieved by the way I have been treated by the OZ system. I worked as a dental practitioner for an unblemished 52 years during which time I witnessed  hundreds of passport applications without remuneration, or thanks from the govt.   Apparently I was trustworthy enough for that job.  I find myself in this situation due mainly to the Covid-19 panic and not being able to apply for the pension on a trip booked for last March.

Government departments are making hand-outs of what must be many millions of dollars to people affected by the lockdowns.  I spoke to a Centrelink rep (with a foreign accent) a couple of times and requested a review but he was unmoved and pulled the "you must be in Oz to apply" chestnut. (They sat on my online application for 3 months). Besides that they falsely calculated I had an income of over $7000 a fortnight, but of course they did not want to admit that mistake. I applied for different bank loans but they were rejected because I have no income. Apparently the banks are better informed than Centrelink.  

Sorry to say, but that's not a chestnut.

 

It has been part of the criteria for as long as I can remember.

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