Australian visa rejection medical reasons. There are various types of medical reasons for Australian visa rejection. The Australian government and its people put a premium on your healthiness and the status of health of everyone who wishes to travel to the country either to stay here permanently or temporarily. In fact, it is an understatement to say that health and medical examination as a condition for the granting or refusal of an Australian visa is important: It is a top priority. It ranks very high among the concerns of the government when it comes to the safety and security of its people.
But, while at it, there’s no hard and fast rule on the granting or refusal of your visa application. What the Department of Immigration can cite here are guidelines as to why you may be granted or denied a permit to enter the country.
Australian visa rejection medical reasons
When it comes to the screening of visa applications in the aspect of health, the concerned authorities are guided by essentially three factors:
- Protection of the Australian community from threats to public health and safety.
- Protection of the Australian health care system from significant costs.
- Protection of the Australian health care or community services that are in short supply
Protection of the Australian community from threats to public health and safety.
This condition is a no-brainer. The consequences of some foreign visitors that have infectious diseases being allowed entry into the country can be frightening. History tells us that many countries had lost the lives of their citizens from the communicable diseases that were brought to their shores by foreign guests.
Protection of the Australian health care system from significant costs.
If you are suffering from a disease or medical condition, the government will look into the possible impact of such disease on the costs of health care if you are granted a visa. Health care expense reaching AUD40,000.00 is deemed significant. This amount incorporates the figures on health and welfare service per capita.
Calculations of the significant costs are done, thus:
- If you are a temporary visa applicant, your period of stay in Australia will be taken into account
- If you are a permanent visa applicant, it will be over a five-year period of your stay or three years if you are 75 years of age or older
The disease or the medical condition does not cause the failure of the application to meet the health requirement on the ground of significant cost because it will vary depending on the severity of the case.
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There are, however, five common diseases that have been the usual reason for the failure of the application to meet the health requirement. These are:
- intellectual disability
- HIV infection, which we have already discussed earlier
- functional impairment
- kidney disease or failure
If a Medical Officer of the Commonwealth (MOC) evaluates you as unable to meet the health requirement on the grounds of significant cost, your visa application will be refused. But you can avail of the health requirement waiver if the visa you are applying for has a provision for it. For more details about health waiver, please refer to the article on PIC 4007 Health Requirement Waiver.
Protection of the Australian health care or community services that are in short supply
Another factor that can influence the granting or refusal of your visa application if you have an illness or medical condition relates to what we call prejudice of access of the Australian citizens and permanent residents to health care and community services that are in short supply.
You will not meet the health requirement if your health situation adversely affects the “prejudice of access,” meaning it limits the opportunity of the country’s citizens and permanent residents to enjoy such services.
Australia’s Department of Health names two health services that are in short supply. These are organ transplants and dialysis.
As in the previous guideline, if an MOC finds you unable to abide by the health requirement on account of a disease or medical condition that potentially requires the use of health care and community services in short supply, the department will refuse to grant you a visa. However, you can still appeal the decision if a health waiver is available on the visa you’re applying for.
Diseases which may cause your visa rejection
Speaking of contagious illnesses, one serious disease that always pops up in the discussions is tuberculosis (TB for short). It is so serious that it has been declared an epidemic in many parts of the world and is considered a global emergency.
TB testing is a must in the visa application process, especially if you’re applying for a permanent type of visa. If on the other hand, you’re applying for a temporary visa, you may still be asked to undergo the process for purposes of risk management.
Let us make it clear here that the country’s immigration health process targets active tuberculosis, which is the most infectious form of the disease and poses the greatest threat to the overall health of the Australian community.
What if you are positive for tuberculosis?
If the result of your chest x-ray shows that you are possibly infected with TB, you will be required to undergo further checks to find out whether the disease is active or not.
If it is inactive, you may pass the health requirement, but you may be asked to sign a health undertaking. But if the infection is active, the department turns down your visa application. However, you are given the chance to receive treatment. After which, the Medical Officer of the Commonwealth will evaluate your condition whether you are already fit to be granted a visa.
HIV and Hepatitis
Two other diseases that are considered for testing when you apply for an Australian visa are human immunodeficiency virus (more popularly known as HIV) and hepatitis. Generally speaking, these are not considered threats to public health.
These can only become a threat to the community’s overall health situation if you are infected with any of the diseases and you intend to work in the country’s healthcare system either as a doctor, nurse, dentist or paramedic and you undertake medical procedures where there’s a risk of your blood getting in contact with your patient’s open tissue; or if you have certain level of the virus in your system.
HIV test is required if you apply for a permanent visa and you are at least 15 years of age and you intend to work in the healthcare industry through the occupation we mentioned earlier.
This test is likewise needed if you apply for a permanent visa and you are less than 15 years old and are in the following circumstances:
- Applicant for an adoption visa
- Have had blood transfusions
- May be positive for HIV based on some medical records
- Have a biological mother who is (or was) HIV positive
Hepatitis test, on the other hand, is required if you are pregnant; a minor refugee traveling alone; applying for an adoption, humanitarian or protection visa; or planning to work as or to study to become a doctor, nurse, dentist or paramedic in the country.
Polio is also included in the list of diseases that the health authorities are keeping an eye on. It is caused by a highly contagious virus that attacks the central nervous system.
Australia may have effectively contained the spread of the virus through thorough vaccination campaign, but it is still recommended that appropriate measures are put in place.
Hence, if you come from a country that has the potential to spread the disease globally, you are required to present a valid certificate of vaccination. This requirement follows the directive from the WHO and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
In the case of yellow fever, the department encourages you to keep an international vaccination certificate if you are at least one year old, and within six days before your arrival in the country, you have stayed overnight in a country declared to have cases of the disease. The spread of the diseases is not just the concern of the Australian government.
How Nowak Migration can Help
Applying for an Australia visa can be a contentious undertaking if you happen to have a disease or medical condition that may affect the three factors we have just discussed. But it does not mean you should easily give up your hope of obtaining one.
There are agencies that can help you navigate this tricky situation. One such company is our very own Nowak Migration. We have the track record to show the applicants like you who are granted the much coveted Australian visas despite their health status.
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