How the Health Requirement May Affect Your Eligibility for an Australian Visa

Many countries require visa applicants to undergo a thorough medical examination before the visa application is aproved. This article discusses some circumstances under which the results of a medical examination may influence whether your visa application is approved or denied.

What You Intend to Do In Australia

Your reason for wishing to travel to Australia may affect how the results of your medical examination are evaluated. For instance, someone who wishes to work or study to become a medical worker, such as a doctor, may have his or her study or work visa application denied if that person is found to have an infectious disease (such as Hepatitis). Such a disease may be transmitted to the people that the person will be interacting with in the course of doing his or her work as a medical practitioner. In such a situation, the officials responsible for considering your visa application may advise you to reapply once you have completed treatment for that condition.

The Duration of Your Visit

The health requirement may also affect your visa application depending on how long you intend to stay in Australia. For instance, the medical examination may reveal that you have suffered from tuberculosis, but the infection is no longer active in your body. In such a situation, the medical officer who examined you may be asked to give an opinion about your eligibility for a visa. That medical officer may recommend that you be monitored periodically in case you are applying for a permanent visa. Conversely, he or she may conclude that you pose no health threat to the Australian community in the case you intend to stay in the country for a short time, within which the disease can't recur and pose a threat to Australians.

Your Country of Origin

Your country of origin may also influence how the results of the medical examination are assessed. For instance, people from countries where major infectious disease outbreaks have been reported may be subjected to additional tests to rule out the possibility that they are carrying the infection to Australia. The known gestation period of that disease may be used to determine when you can enter Australia. For instance, if a disease is known to become active a fortnight after someone has been exposed to it then the authorities may ask you to travel more than a fortnight after being vaccinated against that disease.

As you can see, it may not be easy to determine whether the results of your medical examination will hinder your visa application, or not. You should therefore contact a migration agent so that he or she uses his or her expertise to recommend the best course of action in light of your individual circumstances.