What happens after your partner visa medical?


After the partner visa medical

As we discussed in a previous post, the partner visa medical can only be completed by the visa applicant after the partner visa application has been lodged.


After you have completed the partner visa medical, the status of your visa application within Immiaccount (under the ‘Health Assessment’ tab) will change.


If the medical examination has been completed successfully and you have passed the health assessment, it will change to read:


Health clearance provided – no action required
All health examinations required for the specified visa subclass have been finalised. Processing of this person’s visa application can now continue. This will not occur until a case officer investigates the case in line with published processing times for the visa that has been applied for. Do not contact the department about health examinations in the meantime.


Importantly, other than this change to the Health Assessment status within Immiaccount, Immigration will not contact you or message you to tell you that you have successfully completed the medical examination.


What happens if you don’t pass the health assessment?

If you don’t initially pass the health assessment and so more medical information is required, immigration or BUPA (the medical examination provider) will normally send you (or your agent) an email that may request that you obtain, for example, further specialist medical reports.


If it’s conclusive from the initial medical examination that you don’t pass the health assessment (an example of this may be if you have HIV) then the Immigration department will normally send you (or your agent) a ‘section 56’ letter advising you that you have not passed the health assessment, why you have not passed it,  and that you have a right to request a waiver of the requirement that you pass the health assessment.


The time given to respond in the above two situations is very important – don’t miss the response deadline.



Feel free to contact me if you would like to book a consultation for more information about anything mentioned here.



Ross McDougall.

Immigration Lawyer & Solicitor.



This information is correct on April 2nd, 2024.  But keep in mind that immigration law changes from time to time.

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