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Hello hope everyone is well! 

I was really hoping someone could give me some advice, my husband has been offered a job in queensland and they want to sponsor him, he has submitted his skills assessment and we are supposed to be starting the process for a 186 visa. Me and 2 of my 4 children have an eye condition called optic nerve atrophy mine and my daughters visual acuity with glasses is 6/19 or 20/50 my sons is slightly better at 6/15 does anyone know what the minimum visual acuity is to pass the medical? There is no cure so no medication no operations we need no help looking after ourselves and have been told its very unlikely we would ever be completely blind. My son has a computer that we provide for him to help him at school, so other than an occasional eye test there is no costs related to it. If we declare it and get a report from our ophthalmologist what do I get her to write or is there a set report she needs to follow? I'm stressing out about this soooo much I really don't want to destroy my husbands amazing opportunity, does anyone have any advice? 

Thank you so much sorry for the essay x

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A basic eye test is part of medical. You can wear glasses for it.  Not sure about pass rate though.  The criteria is all about cost to Medicare and access to services and I think it unlikely you would fail on those grounds unless the cost of ophthalmics is very high.

If you require a special report you will be told what to get, although taking a basic report with short and long term prognosis for each of you will help the person doing the assessment to understand your condition and won’t hurt.  


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13 hours ago, Andreamorey said:

my husband has been offered a job in queensland and they want to sponsor him, he has submitted his skills assessment and we are supposed to be starting the process for a 186 visa. Me and 2 of my 4 children have an eye condition called optic nerve atrophy mine and my daughters visual acuity with glasses is 6/19 or 20/50 my sons is slightly better at 6/15 does anyone know what the minimum visual acuity is to pass the medical?

The eye test is the same as you'd get at your optician.  

However, that won't be the most important thing.  As Rammygirl mentions, whenever an applicant has a chronic illness or a permanent medical condition, there will be further investigations.  Since you're coming to live in Australia permanently, Immigration will look at the longer term prognosis of the disease -- specifically, whether you or your children are likely to cost the taxpayer an excessive amount in medical or support costs.  You can get a report from your ophthalmologist by all means, but Immigration may ask for other reports. They'll tell you exactly what you need and when. 


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It's really only likely to be an issue if your kids need ITVI (Itinerant teacher vision impaired) support in schools and they need braille or enlarged print resources or other augmented technology. If they aren't eligible for any disability services because of their impairment then it shouldn't be an issue (I forget what the general VI criteria is but it should be up on the Queensland Ed website) 

 

Edited to say, eligibility for disability services is here https://education.qld.gov.au/student/Documents/eap-handbook.pdf

If the children fall into that category (I don't know from just reading it) then you would be wise to seek advice from one of the agents who specialise in medical conditions.  It's not enough to say "we wouldn't use those services" it's a matter that you could use those services and they can be costly over a period.

Good luck.

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As I have previously posted (in summary):

If one family member (even if not applying for a visa) fails the 186 public interest (medical) criteria, all visa applicants would be refused visas.

Unlike the transtion pathway, there is no health waiver for the 186 direct entry pathway.

Medical reports, other than those by accredited treating specialist correctly addressing the relevant schedule 4 criteria, carry very little weight.

If a Medical Officer of the Commonwealth (BUPA) makes an adverse medical finding, immigration will let you know that they have adverse information and are considering visa refusal/s and give you an opportunity to comment. If you let it reach this stage, you are in serious, expensive trouble. There are somtimes strategies avaiable to minimise the risk of refusal.

It is possible to undertake the required medical examinations before lodging a visa appliction, but the MOC's assessment would not be availble before visa application/s were subitted; paid for.

 

 

 


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