It’s Now Easier Than Ever to Get Your Visa

If you’re in Australia and you’ve applied for a temporary visa, we have good news: you may NO LONGER need to undertake a medical examination or have a chest x-ray to meet immigration health requirements.

This new, streamlined visa processing arrangement announced by the Australian Department of Immigration, is applicable if you are already in Australia and have applied for one of the following visa subclasses:

  • 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
  • 476 – Skilled Recognised Graduate
  • 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage
  • 485 – Temporary Graduate
  • 500 – Student
  • 590 – Student Guardian
  • 600 – Visitor
  • 870 – Sponsored Parent (Temporary)
  • 995 – Diplomatic (Temporary)

You will still need to undertake relevant medical examinations and/or chest x-rays if you:

  • have applied for a medical treatment, temporary protection, or a provisional visa,
  • expect to incur medical costs or require medical treatment,
  • are intending 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.

Already booked in for a medical examination?

Don’t worry. If you have an appointment scheduled with Bupa Medical Visa Services, and you no longer need to have a medical or chest X-ray, Bupa will contact you via SMS; your appointment will be cancelled, and you’ll receive a refund.  If you don’t hear from Bupa, please do attend your appointment if possible.

You can read more about the health requirements for temporary visa applicants here

Need Further Help?

Arranging a visa to live and work in Australia can be time consuming and costly. With long standing experience, the Ayers Group (a People2.0 company), can assist you by confirming your visa eligibility, helping prepare with your application and even providing preliminary approval. Furthermore, as one of few companies approved by the Australian Department of Home Affairs (Immigration Department) to hire and on hire international workers, we can take you on as our own contractor under an arrangement that enables you to sub-contract your services to multiple companies around the country.

If you’re not already talking to the Ayers Group about arranging your visa, it’s time to get in touch. See how we can help you today.