The Australian government has exempted most temporary visa applicants from certain application requirements.

Key Points:

  • As of Oct. 18, temporary visa applicants are not required to complete a medical examination or have chest x-rays taken based on their nationality, previous residence or proposed length of stay.
  • Temporary visa applicants are still required to compete the medical examination and take chest x-rays if they have applied for a medical treatment, temporary protection or a provisional visa, are pregnant and intending to have the baby in Australia or are over the age of 75 (if applying for a visitor visa), among other reasons.
  • This temporary measure is applicable to all pending and new temporary visa applications submitted in Australia.

Additional Information: Australian authorities will not refund those who have already completed the medical examination and chest x-rays. More information regarding Australia’s health requirements for visa applicants is available here.

BAL Analysis: Australian authorities exempted most temporary visa applicants from the medical examination and x-ray requirements to streamline entry processes and reduce application processing times. Authorities will decide whether to extend the temporary exemption in early 2023.

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