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  • Writer's pictureCharlene Tan

DEPT OF HOME AFFAIRS: Streamlined Requirements for Temporary Visa Applicants in Australia

Some interesting news is that the Australian Government is simplifying requirements for temporary visa applicants.

This means that temporary visa applicants in Australia will not be required to undergo medical examinations or chest x-rays in order to meet the health requirement, based on their nationality, previous residence, or proposed length of stay. This is pretty good news as medical examinations are not only expensive, getting a booking can be difficult.

Applicants for temporary visas in Australia will still be required to conduct appropriate medical examinations and/or chest X-rays if they:

  • have applied for medical treatment, temporary protection or a provisional visa

  • expect to incur medical costs or require medical treatment

  • intend to work as (or study to be) a doctor, dentist, nurse or paramedic

  • will enter a hospital, aged or disability care facility (if higher tuberculosis risk)

  • are pregnant and intending to have the baby in Australia

  • will work or train at an Australian childcare centre

  • are aged over 75 years (if applying for a visitor visa)

  • have had previous household contact with tuberculosis or

  • are requested to do so by the Department.

Applicants must answer all questions on their application form truthfully. If the Department becomes aware of false declarations, the applicant's visa may be cancelled.

Do note: This is a short-time measure and applies to all relevant temporary visa applications currently filed with the Department, as well as new applications filed in Australia. The Government will evaluate this preparation in early 2023.

What visa subclasses do these arrangements apply to

These arrangements apply to:

  • 401 Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity)

  • 403 Temporary Work (International Relations)

  • 405 Investor Retirement

  • 407 Training

  • 408 Temporary Activity

  • 410 Retirement

  • 417 and 462 Working Holiday

  • 461 New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary)

  • 476 Skilled ‐ Recognised Graduate

  • 482 Temporary Skill Shortage

  • 485 Temporary Graduate

  • 500 Students

  • 590 Student Guardian

  • 600 Visitor

  • 870 Sponsored Parent (Temporary)

  • 995 Diplomatic (Temporary)

What that this mean for existing medical appointments

The Department narrowed service provider will be in contact with you presently to cancel appointments wherever they're now not needed and supply refunds.

Are refunds available for recently completed medical examinations

No – medicals already completed will be considered by the Department in the normal way.

Feel free to book a consultation for detailed advice and steps!

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