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Student Visa Updates: Health Examination Requirement and Refusal Trends

19th April 2024 | SuccessVisa

Student Visa Updates: Health Examination Requirement and Refusal Trends

Are you planning to pursue your education in Australia? It's crucial to stay informed about recent updates regarding visa requirements. The Department of Home Affairs has issued a significant update regarding student visa applications, specifically concerning the health examination requirement. Here's what you need to know:

Understanding the Issue

Recently, there has been a notable increase in student visa refusals due to applicants failing to meet the health requirement. This issue arises when applicants do not provide evidence of having completed a health examination as part of their visa application process.

The Health Examination Process

When lodging a student visa application, applicants who are required to undergo a health examination receive an auto-generated health request letter. This letter provides a 28-day window for the applicant to complete their health examination. Additionally, applicants are instructed to contact the Department if they require additional time to fulfill this requirement.

Consequences of Non-Compliance

Failure to complete the health examination within the stipulated 28-day period, without making any contact with the Department, may result in a visa refusal. The Department reserves the right to make a decision based on the information available if:

- The applicant has not initiated or attempted to schedule a health examination.
- There is no evidence of a health examination in progress or pending.

Ensuring Visa Success

To ensure a smooth visa application process and avoid unnecessary refusals, it is imperative for applicants to prioritize completing their health examinations within the provided timeframe. Proactive communication with the Department, especially in cases where additional time is required, can also be beneficial.

How SuccessVisa Can Help

At SuccessVisa, we understand the complexities of the visa application process and are here to assist you every step of the way. Our experienced team can provide personalized guidance on meeting visa requirements, including health examinations. For further information and guidance on navigating the visa application process, contact SuccessVisa atΒ infosydney@successvisa.com.au