Health Waiver

Most visa applicants need to meet Public Interest Criteria (PIC). There are Health Related PICs. Health related PICs (4005-4007) require that the health requirement that must be met before the grant of a visa.

To meet the health requirement, a visa applicant must undergo immigration medical examination and be granted a health clearance.  If the visa applicant has not met the health requirement, a visa cannot be granted unless a health waiver is available and applied.

Failing the health PIC means that the applicant (or non-migrating family member) was assessed by a Medical Officers as having a disease or condition that is:

  • likely to result in health care and community service costs that are regarded as ‘significant’, or 
  • prejudice the access of Australian citizens or permanent residents to such services.

Where PIC 4005 applies, there is no provision for a health waiver to be considered.

However, for certain visas where PIC 4007 applies, a health waiver can be exercised.

Health Waiver is available to the applicants of:

  • Refugee and Humanitarian visas
  • certain skilled, business, and other non-humanitarian migration visas
  • Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector student visa
  • Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482) visa

Requesting a Health Waiver can be a sensitive and complicated process. At Shire Migration, we can explain to you whether a health waiver is available in your case and will assist with the procedure of applying for a waiver.

Contact us today to discuss how we can help.