Health requirements for temporary visa applicants
The government ease the restrictions on temporary visa applicants with a disability or health conditions. This will have very significant, positive implications for applicants for subclass 482, student and visitor visas in particular, where there is a disability-related issue.
For many years we had a situation when the sponsorship of foreign worker was close to impossible in cases when this worker or one of the family members of sponsored worker had disability or health conditions. The rule stated that the sponsored foreign workers and members of their family (does not matter if members migrate or not) must be free from disabilities of illness which would be likely to require health care of community services result in more than $49,000 in costs. The estimate included the cost of state disability services despite temporary visa holders being ineligible to access those services.
Recently the provisions of government – funded disability services changed. State Disability services have now been almost entirely replaced by services provided under the new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which is Commonwealth-founded. Eligibility for NDIS is confined to Australian citizens and permanent residents, including protected New Zealand citizens. Temporary visa holders are ineligible for NDIS services.
The Department of Home affairs informed they would not longer take state disability services into account when assessing temporary visa applicants.
If your business tried to sponsor the foreign worker but the sponsorship was affected by the immigration health requirement, get in touch with Become Australian. We will help you to get a positive outcome for your sponsorship on the basis of these changes.
For questions about Australian visas and Immigration matters please contact a Registered Migration Agent Yana Asmalovskaya