What is a Health Wavier?
The Australian Migration Act (1958) and Regulations (1994) stipulate that most visa applicants need to meet Public Interest Criteria(PIC). The Health related PIC stipulate the health requirement that must be met before the visa grant.
To meet the health requirements to get the visa grant, an applicant and the family members must get a health clearance by getting the medical examination results assessed from the Immigration department. If the applicant or family member applying for a visa does not meet the health requirement then, they will not get visa grant until they get health clearance.
Health Examination for different type of Visas
Permanent and provisional visa applicants
- TB Screening test – either Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) or Interferon-Gamma Release Assay (IGRA) if you are from a higher risk country for tuberculosis or are applying for a refugee or humanitarian type visa for the applicants whose age is between 2-11 years
- Medical examination and chest x-ray for the applicants whose age is between 11-15 years.
- Medical Examination, Chest x-ray and HIC test for the applicants whose age is 15 or above.
- There are few more test such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Syphilis test.
Temporary visa applicants
The temporary Visa depends on what visa you are applying and the duration of your stay in Australia.
If you are planning to stay in Australia for more than 6 months, then chest x-ray will be required if the applicants age is 11 years or above
How health waivers are exercised
The applicant themselves cannot apply for health wavier. The visa officer will contact the applicant directly in case you are not meeting the health requirement and are eligible for health wavier.
The officer might ask the applicant to give more information about why the health wavier should be exercised on their case. The Visa officer might also ask to complete formal submission template telling them the reason of the health wavier.
The Immigration authority consider each wavier on a case-by-case basis, they consider a number of factors while taking decision on health wavier.
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