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Old 01-13-2010, 01:21 PM
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I have just been reading through the forms for the medical and found that you have to declare if you have received benefits due to medical reasons. My partner is applying for a partner visa and he has previously been on disability for 6 months related to depression (which was trigger by the fact that he is significantly overweight).

Im worried that this is going to prove problematic for him to pass his medical so I was wondering if anyone else had been through a medical with similar circumstances? I had already been concerned about his weight being an issue (he has been losing weight for the last year, but has a long way to go), but I did not realise his disability claim might also influence this.

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Old 01-14-2010, 12:56 PM
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Hi Jenifer Marie,

In regards to the medicals submitted for permanent migration to Australia, the primary reason for the medical assessment (aside from confirming the applicant does not have any contageous medical issues), is to determine if the applicant may potentially become a sigificant burden to the Australian Public Health System. If granted a permanent visa as your spouse, your partner will then be eligible for apply for full Medicare coverage, which obviously means he would have access to government funded medical care.

The fact that your spouse is significantly overweight combined with the disclosure of receiving 6 months of medicals benefits, is likely to result in the Department requesting further information and medical tests regarding his current health status. This doesn't mean that his medicals will not eventually be cleared, however you cannot know for sure until he completes his medicals and you are informed of any further requirements.

I am sure they will want full details of the medical benefits he previously received, so be prepared to supply this as well as potential supporting documentation of any progress he has made since that time (i.e. weight loss or psychological help due to his depression). Obviously if there are any more medical factors to consider, his medicals will be scrutinised even closer. The more supporting documentation you can provide the better - but you do not need to provide this unless your case officer actually requests it from you.

All applications are case by case, and even similar situations can result in different outcomes depending on details surrounding the application. I have never had a client with this specific medical issue so I can't give any specific comparisons, but I hope the information I provided above is of some use.

Michelle Zaretzky
Australia Migration Agent: 0958090
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