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Old 10-08-2010, 08:14 PM
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Additional medical tests for visa?

Hi everyone,
I am an American applying for a Subclass 309 visa with my partner, an Australian. All of our paperwork is now in except my FBI clearance (should be arriving soon) and my medicals.

The radiologist commented that I have a single calcified granuloma, which is an indication of a healed injury (and... one of the many causes could be a childhood exposure to TB).

I have never travelled (other than to Australia for 30 days last year), and the US is not a high risk country. I did however, grow up in the Midwest America where it is common to be exposed to Histoplasmosis (which in the US, is the most common cause of a calcified granuloma, and is a fungus that the body clears up leaving no symptoms, etc.). I have been previously tested with the TB skin test, which has always come back negative.

Anyway, enough of the medical talk... I am very concerned at what this might mean for our visa. I am an otherwise perfectly healthy 25 year old with no history of illness.

Has anyone had anything remotely similar? Has anyone been asked for additional tests? Does anyone know what to expect?

Thank you for all thoughts/ideas/experiences.


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Old 10-09-2010, 01:05 PM
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Hi there,
my partner's medical check showed that he had come into contact with Hep C at some point (likely from tattoos), although it is now dormant. It's not the same situation as yours but i've done some reading on the medical clearances as a result. From what I have read I think you can expect to do some further x-rays etc. Australia has the 3rd lowest rate of TB in the world and they will be very thorough with any applications that show TB or exposure to it. I read that 'old TB' that has formed calcifications or scars may reactivate in 10% of cases and that relocations/travel/the stresses it brings are often triggering factors.

If you are an otherwise perfectly healthy person i'm sure you'll be fine. But I would expect that you will have to do further x-ray testing and possibly show proof of treatment where necessary. And this of course may mean your application will take longer to process.

Try not to stress too much! I know it's hard not to.

Good luck


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