Hi all..... I'm stressing out!!!
I arrived in Adelaide (from the UK) in 2007 on an e457 visa, and shortly afterwards met a wonderful Australian lady, we were married in 2008 and we have since gone on the have 2 beautiful children.
I applied for a partner visa in 2010 and didn’t hear any more until 2011 when my medicals were deferred, I was asked to provide a specialist report on my condition.
Specialist reports were provided but I have just received a letter from immigration stating that the medical officer of the commonwealth has advised that I do not meet the health requirement!
What is my medical condition you may well ask?? Well… I have some arthritis in my spine for which I take regular medication! It does not affect my work, I have been working full time for the same company & promoted twice since coming out on the 457, it doesn’t affect anything, most of the time I don’t even know it’s there, my specialist even told the medical officer that my condition is well controlled. So what’s the problem…
The problem is that when I came to Australia I was on some cheap medication (anti-inflammatory’s) but since being here I have been put on a new drug with less side effects, unfortunately it turns out that this new drug is pretty expensive and the medical officer has simply added up the cost of the medication over the next 40 years (my expected life span?) and come to a rather large number!
I have been given an opportunity to (and 28 days) to put a case to immigration stating why I think they should waiver the health requirement??
Have any of you been through this before? I have no idea where I stand right now and it’s stressing me out thinking that I may have to drag my wife and children away from their family here in Adelaide!!!
Any advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated... J