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1 hour ago, oznomad said:

I dont think you are interpreting that correctly.

 

I am not interpreting anything. That is the actual wording on the Australian Services website that was updated in November 2019. That update is just 1 year ago. Will27 claims that everything is incorrect but he is wrong because things have changed a lot since he could remember. Requirements have changed for many thing for pensions.

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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

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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

30 minutes ago, Russell17au said:

I am not interpreting anything. That is the actual wording on the Australian Services website that was updated in November 2019. That update is just 1 year ago. Will27 claims that everything is incorrect but he is wrong because things have changed a lot since he could remember. Requirements have changed for many thing for pensions.

I assume he is talking about this:

 

"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."

 

You have interpreted it incorrectly.

Like I said, you can go back and apply tomorrow.

 

Edit* If you take this to the home country forum where it belongs,

someone will explain it to you.

 

There's pages of information there if you want to discuss it.

 

 

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What I have stated is what the Services Australia claim that they require. How many of you have gone back to Australia and applied for the age pension as soon as you have arrived there? NONE of you. So therefore you do not know what you are talking about and you are giving false information instead of giving the correct information that is listed on the Australia Services website. When I applied for my age pension I had to have lived in Australia for a minimum of 2 years BEFORE I could apply and since then many things have changed.

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1 minute ago, Will27 said:

You have to have lived in Australia for a minimum of 2 years before it's portable.

 

From what you're saying, an Aussie citizen could go back to Australia tomorrow after having lived 

in Thailand for 10 years and be told they have to wait 5 years before they get the pension.

 

That's not going to happen.

 

Like I said, take it to the home forum and it can be discussed in detail.

This post is about an Australian that is looking at his options because of the time he has on his visa and the way he could possibly get out of the mess he is in. So this is the right forum for that.

You are wrong again. To get the aged pension back when I got mine you had to have been living in Australia for 2 years it had nothing to do with portability back then.

 

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2 minutes ago, Russell17au said:

This post is about an Australian that is looking at his options because of the time he has on his visa and the way he could possibly get out of the mess he is in. So this is the right forum for that.

You are wrong again. To get the aged pension back when I got mine you had to have been living in Australia for 2 years it had nothing to do with portability back then.

 

This thread is for visa's, not the Aussie pension.

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3 minutes ago, Will27 said:

This thread is for visa's, not the Aussie pension.

Exactly. If OP wants to discuss the pension aspect he can post in the Home Country forum.

 

Please confine responses to the visa issue. I'm sure @ubonjoewill be by soon to reply on that

 

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but aside from the pension problem

why not use a visa agent to get you a one year visa, no need for money in bank 

not sure what the cost is, was 12,000 for a retirement visa last April for me

at least if you get this visa, its one less worry, and can renew the same way each year, no worries about 800k and other things 

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The OP has 2 choices;

1: use an agent for his visa

2: return to Australia and hope for the best for his pension

but eventually he will have to return to Australia to get his pension so he has some income as he has stated he has no income at the moment.

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Being stuck in Asia with little money and no income is not fun. Then on top of that are visa difficulties. If I was in that situation I'd be looking to get back to WA asap. 

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There are repatriation flights but he must register at the Australian Embassy for the dates of the flights. If he does not return to Australia and sort something out about money then he is going to be in even bigger trouble if he cannot get a visa this year and he will still have to do something about his visa next year with no income..

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Have a good look at the Centrelink pages. There are two issues involved: first, satisfying the eligibility requirements for the pension which include having resided in Australia for 35 years during the period from 16 yo to applying. If the total is less then the pension amount is reduced by 1/35th per year. The second is qualifying for the pension to be portable. The 2years comes into this section. 

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I like the OP have an OA retirement visa which I will apply to extend soon. I had thought of doing a border hop and letting it expire, re-entering on a tourist visa and then converting that to an O. Obviously reason being extensions on an OA will only be granted with 400K inpatient/40K outpatient health insurance and only for the period of coverage. 

All that went west with COVID so I will take the insurance. The OP will need to do the same.

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