The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has announced changes to eHealth (electronic health) arrangements which will be effective from 1 August 2011.
There are two changes to the 100% eHealth arrangements being implemented on 1 August 2011:
• Applicants in certain countries/areas will need to lodge their visa application prior to completing medicals
• Applicants for Employer-sponsored visas (subclass 457, 856 or 857 visa) in these countries/areas will be exempt from this arrangement and will still able to undertake medicals prior to lodgement
From 1 August 2011, if you reside in:
Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia (Bogota region only), Hong Kong, Ireland, Macau, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom and Vietnam.
You must lodge your visa application before you can attend to visa medicals. Your visa processing officer at the Department of Immigration will give you either a “Health Examinations List” or a client identifier (known as a “HAP ID” or “Health Request ID”) which you must then provide to the panel clinic.
The main advantage with the eHealth system is that your medicals can be processed very quickly – usually within 48 hours. You are no longer required to complete medical forms and your results cannot be ‘lost in the mail’ as they are sent electronically.
Other countries offer eHealth processing, and you can find further information here.
If you wish to discuss how these changes may affect your application with Australian Migration & Visa Lawyers, please contact one of our Registered Migration Agents.