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:
- Dangerous to Australians
- 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
- 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.