I'm moving to Australia with family - will I get a visa if one of my children is sick?

I'm moving to Australia with family - will I get a visa if one of my children is sick?


If you are planning on moving to Australia with family, there's a lot to consider. But it can be particularly challenging if one of your children is sick. Whether you will be eligible for a visa to Australia will ultimately depend on the type of visa you have applied for and the type of illness your child has.

Health Examination Requirements

All Australian permanent resident and working visa applicants are required to undergo health examinations. This requirement is part of the visa application process to determine if you and your family meet the health requirements which have been put in place to protect Australia from high health risks, costs, and to prevent overuse of Australia’s scarce health resources.

If your child has a specific health condition, they may also be required to undergo additional tests. Medical examinations can be a lengthy process and the child or the parent’s child or guardian will generally be responsible for the payment of these costs. However, certain types of Australian work visas require your potential employer to guarantee payment of these costs. To find out if this is applicable to your situation, please contact us for a confidential discussion.

Failure to Meet Requirements

If your child fails to meet the health requirements your visa application may be refused, however, this will depend on the type of visa subclass you have applied for.

Some visa subclasses will allow a health waiver to be applied in certain circumstances. If the Department of Immigration and Border Protection are satisfied that the granting of the visa would unlikely result in your child’s illness causing undue costs or further pressure on health care and community services in Australia, they may provide your child with a waiver.

It is important to note, however, that no health waiver is available to your child if they have;

  • Active tuberculosis;
  • HIV and Hepatitis;
  • Yellow fever and or;
  • Ebola virus disease.

A waiver can only be used for certain visa types, for example, the subclass 457 visa. There are over 30 visa subclasses which allow the use of the waiver.

Applying for an Australian permanent resident or working visa is generally a complex and costly process, which may be made even more complex when you have a child with an illness. This is why we strongly recommend you call Pathway Lawyers & Migration Agents to arrange an appointment with one of our migration experts to discuss your options.