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Australian student visa (subclass 500) issue

I have accidentally messed up with the visa application, and have made it seem like I have a serious medical condition. I have mild asthma and put this on the visa but they have asked me to conduct a health assessment. I also have flat feet, but did not mention this on the visa.

It is imperative that I get this visa as I am going on a year abroad there so need to know quite quickly what to do.

Do you think I should undergo the health assessment or reapply for the visa entirely?

What would happen at the health assessment?
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Original post by Abigail shiels
I have accidentally messed up with the visa application, and have made it seem like I have a serious medical condition. I have mild asthma and put this on the visa but they have asked me to conduct a health assessment. I also have flat feet, but did not mention this on the visa.
It is imperative that I get this visa as I am going on a year abroad there so need to know quite quickly what to do.
Do you think I should undergo the health assessment or reapply for the visa entirely?
What would happen at the health assessment?

Immigration authorities get very upset with people who use deception when applying for visas. You can get a long (or even permanent) ban on applying for a visa in the future.

I've read that Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, and the UK share data on visa applications; so being found to have used deception in applying for an Australian visa may well prevent you from getting a visa for NZ, USA, and Canada.

Why did you not mention having flat feet?

You should undergo the health assessment. If you reapply and omit a medical condition you declared previously that might in itself invite further enquiries being made.

I don't know anything about Australia's policy on such things, but it strikes me that mild asthma (particularly if well controlled) is unlikely to be a significant concern.

A quick web search found a page from a company who appear to do these assessments -- https://northernvisamedicals.co.uk/australia/ -- you could try contacting them to ask what it would involve where asthma was one of the conditions being assessed.

My guess would be that they would listen to your chest, do a peak flow test, and then have a chat about what medication you're taking, how often you take the medication, how the condition affects your daily life, whether you've needed significant treatment at any point (for example, a nebuliser), have you been admitted to hospital for treatment, etc.

Again, you need to be up front and honest. Yes, that might conceivably result in your application being turned down. But what you really don't want is for your immigration file to be noted that you've engaged in deception during the application process. That will have future implications much worse that simply not getting a student visa.

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