Australia to Make Existing Visa Health Restrictions Agreeable
Come July 1, and the Department of Immigration & Citizenship of Australia would make visa and immigration rules much easier and agreeable. This will create a situation wherein comparatively more immigrants suffering from some or the other kind of disabilities and diseases would be given the permission to arrive on the soils of Down Under. Canberra has a remarkable cost threshold to decide if an overseas person suffering from any disability and/or illness will be a drain on the resources of the national health system.
In case the likely expenditure of treating a would-be migrant is higher than the major cost threshold, which is currently AUD$21,000, over a period of five years, the concerned person from abroad will be denied a permit or visa. From July 1, 2012 onwards, the said threshold will be hiked and made AUD$35,000, in the process, making it much easier for immigrants to land on shores of the Kangaroo Land.
Health issues are said to be behind bringing over 1 out of 10 people on the blacklist, even as a study clearly shows that this could be more due to financial issues as compared to health risks to the people of Down Under.
During the period of 2010-11--out of the total of 599 overseas people whose applications were not entertained on health grounds, post health examinations--392 candidates applications were not entertained in view of the cost of their likely treatment, or due to the fear that those applicants may later crowd the Australian health centres at the cost of the local people who could be needing urgent medical treatment.
Thanks to the present rules, the application of a candidate may be rejected in case the cost of any potential treatment he may require surpasses the threshold of AUD$21,000, over a period of five years, or three years for candidates who are 75 or more.
It needs to be mentioned that the right of entry to Australia is already denied to those suffering from HIV, heart conditions and/or cancer. The applications of those suffering from epilepsy, mental disabilities, or mental retardations are also similarly not entertained by Canberra.
Coming to the issue of threshold issue, though the mentioned AUD$21,000 Significant Cost Threshold has not changed for a decade, many stakeholders have continued to strongly urge for reforms related to health requirements. This made Immigration Australia to undertake an external evaluation of the requirements even while the review advised that the immigration body swell the threshold.
Meanwhile, a concerned person was quoted as saying that the present process should be urgently improved and reformed--the reason being it shows ancient, Jurassic mindsets involving the sensitive issue of the migrants' disabilities & their health requirements.
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