Australian Visa: health criteria

Australia has very strict health requirements that must be satisfied when it comes to grant of particular subclass of visa. If the health requirements are not satisfied, then the visa will be refused.


What is the health criteria?


All applicants for an Australian partner visa orfiancé visa must satisfy Australia’s stringent health criteria in order to be granted a visa.


Likewise, all primary and secondary applicants must pass the health requirement for the grant of a particular visa.


If an application, eg: for a partner visa, includes primary and secondary applicant, then the general rule is, that if one person fails the health criteria, they all fail.


This has been referred to as the ‘one fails, all fail’ rule.


There are however circumstances where someone who fails the health criteria can nonetheless be granted a health waiver and as such a visa.


The health requirements that must be satisfied are generally determined by the visa being applied for, the length of time that the applicant is intending to remain in Australia, and lastly whether any special significance requirements exist. It is also important in assessing the health requirement to look at which country the applicant is from and where they have previously resided. If there are special significance requirements then the health requirements may be above the minimum required.



Health tests


Health test that may be required include medical and radiological examinations.

The costs for such test must be paid for by the applicant and are not included in the relevant visa application charge.

The costs for the health tests should be factored into any visa application, and can be considerable when the application includes several secondary applicants, and even immediate members of the primary applicants family who are not intending to migrate.


Family members must test too


Even if immediate members of the primary applicant are not intending to migrate to Australia, they too must satisfy the health criteria. This is often referred to as the ‘one fails, all fail system’. For example if a partner visa or fiancé visa applicant lodges a visa application he or she must satisfy the health criterion that is in force at the time of application. That applicant may have a dependant family member, a child for example, who is not included in the application to migrate. Nonetheless the non-migrating child must pass the health criteria too.


If the child fails the health criteria and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) is unable to waive health requirement for that child, then the primary application will be refused. There are however certain exceptions where it is deemed unreasonable for a non-migrating family member to undergo a health assessment.



Expiring tests


When undergoing any health tests for an Australian visa they are usually valid for 12 months from the date the test was undertaken.

Applicants should be aware that if the processing of their visa application takes more than 12 months, and the health tests were undertaken more than 12 months ago, they will have to re-do their test at their own expense.

Unless required to do so to submit your visa application, it is recommended that you wait until you are advised to undergo a health test.



Health requirements: Australian partner visa


For partner visas, applicants must undergo both a medical and radiological examination using the approved forms.


If the examinations are undertaken outside Australia, then they must be performed by an approved medical specialist.


You should wait until you have lodged your application before having any examinations. Your case officer will advise you what examinations need to be undertaken.


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