The Australian Government is streamlining requirements for temporary visa applicants in Australia.
Temporary visa applicants in Australia will be required to undertake relevant medical examinations and/or chest x-rays if they:
- have applied for a medical treatment, temporary protection or a provisional visa
- expect to incur medical costs or require medical treatment
- intend to work as (or study to be) a doctor, dentist, nurse or paramedic
- will enter a hospital, aged or disability care facility (if higher tuberculosis risk)
- are pregnant and intending to have the baby in Australia
- will work or train at an Australian childcare centre
- are aged over 75 years (if applying for a visitor visa)
- have had previous household contact with tuberculosis or
- are requested to do so by the Department.
Eligible temporary visa applicants in Australia will not be required to undertake medical examinations and chest x-rays in order to meet the health requirement.
Applicants must complete questions on their form truthfully. If the Department is made aware of false declarations, the applicant’s visa may be subject to cancellation.
This measure applies to all eligible temporary visa applications currently with the Department and new applications made in Australia. The Government will review these arrangements in early 2023.
What visa subclasses do these arrangements apply to
These arrangements apply to:
- 401 Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity)
- 403 Temporary Work (International Relations)
- 405 Investor Retirement
- 407 Training
- 408 Temporary Activity
- 410 Retirement
- 417 and 462 Working Holiday
- 461 New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary)
- 476 Skilled – Recognised Graduate
- 482 Temporary Skill Shortage
- 485 Temporary Graduate
- 500 Students
- 590 Student Guardian
- 600 Visitor
- 870 Sponsored Parent (Temporary)
- 995 Diplomatic (Temporary)
What does this mean for existing medical appointments
The Department’s contracted service provider will be in touch with you soon to cancel appointments where they are no longer required and provide refunds.
Are refunds available for recently completed medical examinations
No – medicals already completed will be considered by the Department in the normal way.
Source: News (homeaffairs.gov.au)