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Old 06-29-2012, 01:44 PM
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Health Q and age gap?

Hi, I am a 29 year old female born and bred in Australia.

I am engaged to an American citizen (Texas) and we are hoping to apply for a PMV, probably early next year (2013). I have a question regarding the health requirment. My love has diabetes and takes blood pressure medication, with this mean visa denial? And if so, are we likely to be eligible for a health waiver? His diabetes is type 2 and controlled by an oral medication (metformin) and he is fully functional and able to work etc. No other health conditions aside from a sore back.

This has been bothering me a lot, aside from the health issues I am fairly confident we will get approved for the PMV and then a temporary partner visa (and eventually a permanent visa) but these niggly health issues and what they may mean for our application is scaring me....a lot.

Also, we have a 12 year age gap - he is 41 - will that set off flags for immigration and i'm guessing if they do see flags then my honey will need an interview? Is a large age gap in and of itself ever used as grounds for a refusal? Or will it just mean they want more evidence of the genuineness of our relationship? Will it likely cause no problems at all?

Thank you so much for your help xxxx


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In regards to the health question - it shouldn't be too much of a concern for immigration purposes. The Australian government has one big no-no - which is active TB. Everything else they look at how much it will cost the government. No doubt you've had a read of this already.. Significant Costs and Services in Short Supply
My understanding is that the government look at the now, not the future. So well controlled diabetes and hypertension should't be an issue. However - for your partner's sake - diabetes and hypertension spell renal issues later in life so your partner should be keeping strict blood sugar control and eating/exercising well to ensure diabetes and blood pressure control.

I doubt very much that a health waiver would be possible in this situation just as I doubt well controlled diabetes and well controlled hypertension will fail a health check but if you were refused, you could investigate further.

The age gap shouldn't be too much of a problem. Immigration does recognise that people can't exactly choose who they fall in love with. What they want to see is evidence of a genuine and continuing relationship... anyway you're applying for PMV - temporary visa. You don't need an awful lot of evidence for that.


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Thank you so much for your advice! It is very much appreciated.

I am glad that well controlled diabetes and blood pressure (and he is very good with his diet and all other aspects of his health after his diagnosis) should not pose a problem for immigration. Yes, I read about active TB and also that cancer and anything with a high liklihood of needing an organ transplant are the issues that most often bring a refusal. I wasn't sure where diabetes or high blood pressure would stand. I guess if they take it on a case by case basis they should see that my love is still very functional and well and truely able to work and pay taxes - no requirement for a disability pension (or carers pension for me).

Thanks again for your advice xxxx


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