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I have what would be considered a pre-existing condition - a lower back issue that does not have a quick healing prognosis. It began as a herniated disc and just hasn't healed correctly from the surgery. It requires medication to treat the symptoms, however. The injury has not rendered me disabled at all, except that I cannot work "on the tools" any longer. I am now and Electrical Estimator, out of the industrial electrician field.
I am 33, my wife is 30 and we have two daughters aged 8 and 4 (if that makes any difference here...) and we want to move to Adelaide, SA

My question is this: Would a restriction bar me from approval of my application because of this back problem? Would any medical attention required for this issue be covered by medicare?

Thanks in advance for your assistance.
 

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Hi Salix -

You would need to declare this on your visa application, and DIAC would then get an estimate as to the projected 5-year cost of treatment. If that cost should be over $35,000 then you may need to submit a medical waiver request to justify why the costs are not "undue costs" to the commonwealth. I suggest if you end up in medical waiver territory, that you engage a registered migration agent to assist you as this area can be complex.

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Mark Northam
 

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HI , Just wanted to give you a positive for the day. I have my 820 ( approved nov 2012) and I have 3 buldging discs and and pinched nerve in my neck and left rotator cuff tear. I had to go see a specialist after my medical exam for immigration. The specialist said it was not going to be an issue as I have it under control. I take pain meds daily to keep the pain at bay. Surgery wont fix my neck so it is something I have to deal with. I received my visa no problem.
Good luck!
 
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