Most visa applications require you to be healthy. You may be required to do an ‘immigration medical’ for your visa application. Even if a medical check is not part of the normal process for your visa application the Australian Government can require you to pass a medical check.

Some visa applications have a rule that if one member of the family fails their medical, the whole family will be refused the visa.

An ‘immigration medical’ may be as simple as a chest x-ray, or as complex as a full physical examination, plus blood tests, an x-ray and specialist reports.

The Australian Government will be concerned if you have a medical condition that may be:

  1. Dangerous to Australians
  2. Costly, or likely to use up scarce medical resources

The Australian Government doctor assesses:

  • Physical appearance
  • Blood pressure
  • Chest x-ray results
  • Blood test results
  • Medications
  • Medical history
  • Lifestyle issues

If you have a medical condition that may be of concern to the Australian Government, get legal advice before you make a visa application.

Medical check results are normally only valid for 6 or 12 months, depending on the results. If your medical results expire before a decision is made on your visa application, you will be required to do another immigration medical.