Interim Medicare Cards
If you live in Australia and have applied for permanent residency, you may be eligible for an Interim Medicare card.
- Be on a visa allowing you to work, or
- Prove your parent, spouse or child is an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen living in Australia
- This doesn’t include those applying for a parent visa.
Medicare Validity Period
The Interim Medicare Card is initially issued for 12 months to most applicants for the 309 and 820 Temporary Partner Visas, and is automatically renewed when that expires for a further 12 months.
However, the Interim card, after the first 2 years, is only re-issued for 6 months at a time.
This will then become a full medicare card, after PR is granted with the 100 or 801 Permanent Partner Visa grant.