The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has released new medical requirements for visa applicants. The changes, which take effect on July 1, 2023, include a new requirement for all visa applicants to undergo a mental health assessment.
The DHA says the new mental health assessment requirement is part of its ongoing efforts to protect the health and safety of the Australian community. The assessment will be used to assess visa applicants’ mental health status and ensure that they are not a risk to themselves or others.
In addition to the new mental health assessment requirement, the DHA has also updated the list of medical conditions that may result in a visa applicant being refused entry to Australia. The updated list includes a number of new conditions, such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and certain types of cancer.
The DHA has also clarified the requirements for visa applicants who have previously been treated for a medical condition. Under the new rules, visa applicants who have been treated for a medical condition in the past will need to provide documentation from a medical professional stating that they are no longer a risk to public health.
The DHA says the changes to the medical requirements for visa applicants are necessary to ensure that Australia’s borders are protected and the health and safety of the Australian community are maintained. The new requirements are likely to have a significant impact on visa applicants, particularly those who have a mental health condition or a history of a medical condition. Visa applicants who are affected by the changes should contact the DHA for more information.
Here are some additional details about the new medical requirements:
– The mental health assessment will be conducted by a qualified medical professional.
– The assessment will include a review of the visa applicant’s medical history, as well as a mental health assessment.
– The results of the mental health assessment will be used to determine whether the visa applicant is a risk to themselves or others.
– Visa applicants who are refused entry to Australia on medical grounds may be able to appeal the decision.
The DHA has published an explanatory statement that provides more information about the new medical requirements on its website. Visa applicants who are affected by the changes made by the amendment instrument should contact the DHA or migration agent for more information. Call Alex Halim and Associates now to ensure a successful visa application!