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How bad does Hepatitis B have to be for visa refusal?

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Guest Everlongdrummer

Hi guys,

 

Just curious if anyone knows this. Myself and my girlfriend are 8 months into a strong partner visa application and during her medicals she tested positive to Hepatitis B.

 

Immigration requested liver and blood tests - liver tests came back 100% OK - however the blood tests have come back HBsAg positive with evidence of chronic Hep B - this is understandable, she contracted it as a child and was treated, never had complications since.

 

However more blood tests have returned and the doctor has advised us she needs to come back in for some sort of an injection.

 

We were wondering if anyone knows, considering this is a family visa - how bad Hep B needs to be before they refuse the visa? Advice muchly appreciated. :unsure:

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Guest siamsusie

Hi there,

 

I cant answer your questions for you, hopefully someone will be along shortly.

 

If you do have complications and need the advice of a migration agent maybe you could consider George Lombard http://www.austimmigration.com.au/site/ who has a Dr. on board. I think the consultation fee is around $100 but well worth it imo.

 

Good luck

 

Susie

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Hey thanks for the reply. We might use the services of one of those agents for comment, we might wait until next friday as we have booked in with a infectious disease specialist for final comment before sending back to Immigration.

 

The latest test results show my g/f;s liver function test to be OK (no change over 2 years) and the liver ultrasound was good too.

 

The problem is the fact the viral load has shown a small amount of the virus still floating around (Viral Load 6.19 x10^1 (**/mL) --or-- 1.79 Log10 (**/mL) which we are unsure if this level is high enough to require medication or not.

 

Perhaps anyone who has done a viral load test may be able to comment otherwise we'll wait until the next appointment. We are hoping she won't need medication as this may result the MOC requiring a Health Undertaking + Visa rather than a refusal.

 

Never been more anxious and depressed in my whole life.

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Guest Everlongdrummer
Hi

 

I came across your posting. I sadly don't have an answer for you but I did want to know your progress... Only because I have a suspicion my expartner may have Hep B and I may have been exposed.

 

Cheers

D

 

Hey there, you're lucky I had email notifications on this forum otherwise I would not have seen your post.

 

My girlfriend got her visa October last year, and was just required to fill out a health undertaking before getting the visa. In u our experience, having Hep B doesn't automatically mean denial - it seems it would only be a problem if the Hep B is currently doing damage to your liver and you require expensive medication now rather than later.

 

My girlfriend's Hep B was active however at a very low level, and she is required to have 3/6 monthly blood tests to wait until the body starts to try and rid itself of the hepatitis, and when we need to start the treatments.

 

Hep B is not a terribly bad thing and adults are able to be cured from it if you keep on top of it.

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Hi

 

I came across your posting. I sadly don't have an answer for you but I did want to know your progress... Only because I have a suspicion my expartner may have Hep B and I may have been exposed.

 

Cheers

D

 

If you feel there is a chance you may have Hep B then get to your doctor and ask for a blood test and if you have then you can start any treatment.

 

The visa you are applying for will determine if you need to have any further blood tests. However If you are thinking of applying then it is better to have any treatment started and and if needed your doctor could issue a letter explaining you are having treatment and it is controlled. If you wait until you apply for a visa it could delay your visa application. In its self it is not a deal breaker. But get tested and find out what is happening, you are probably worrying for nothing.

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If you wait until you apply for a visa it could delay your visa application.

 

This.

 

Delayed our application by a good 6 months.

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Guest DexterDeras

Man, how was the application? Was it approved or denied?

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Man, how was the application? Was it approved or denied?

 

It was approved October 2011.

 

My GF has chronic Hep B - however it was not affecting her liver at the time of the medicals / decision, therefore she was OK.

 

I imagine that if the Hepatitis was attacking her liver and required her to be on medication, she might had been refused.

 

She has to have 6 monthly blood tests and as soon as the Hepatitis flares up she will be going on medication (paid by the government of course!)

 

Hope that helps to anyone in the same situation and feel free to ask any more questions.

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Guest Felice

Hi there,

 

Just wandering whether you arranged those medical exams yourself or on the request of MOC? If it is the former cases, what tests are needed?

 

How long did the whole process take? And did you submit any other comments from experts, such as a migrant agent, besides those from medical specialists.

 

I really appreciate your reply and your time!!!

 

All the best,

F

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Hi there,

 

Just wandering whether you arranged those medical exams yourself or on the request of MOC? If it is the former cases, what tests are needed?

 

How long did the whole process take? And did you submit any other comments from experts, such as a migrant agent, besides those from medical specialists.

 

I really appreciate your reply and your time!!!

 

All the best,

F

 

Hi there,

 

We processed our application through a RMA and were advised not to take a health test until asked. Immi aksed for it 6 months into the application and after completing the initial test discovered the Hep B. Immi then requested further test by a specialist, including further Hep B blood tests and liver ultrasounds, which were all sent to Immigration after completion (those tests look around 2 months).

 

After Immigration recieved final test results they took a further 2-3 months to decide on the Visa. The Hep B specialists that we saw were recommended by our personal GP, and it was important that they knew our situation so they could write the final letter to Immigration the correct way. Immigration then send the findings to Medicare for a response from then they decide on the visa based on their comments.

 

Hope that helps.

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Hi there,

 

We processed our application through a RMA and were advised not to take a health test until asked. Immi aksed for it 6 months into the application and after completing the initial test discovered the Hep B. Immi then requested further test by a specialist, including further Hep B blood tests and liver ultrasounds, which were all sent to Immigration after completion (those tests look around 2 months).

 

After Immigration recieved final test results they took a further 2-3 months to decide on the Visa. The Hep B specialists that we saw were recommended by our personal GP, and it was important that they knew our situation so they could write the final letter to Immigration the correct way. Immigration then send the findings to Medicare for a response from then they decide on the visa based on their comments.

 

Hope that helps.

 

Hi there, I find your post very useful. Just wondering whether you can ans few of my questions. I am applying for dependent visa 457. Which visa did your gf apply? I declared my condition I.e. chronic hep b on my medical. Even though the immi didn't ask for blood tests, I did it anyway just in case as I am pregnant also. Anyway, I went to the panel doctor, told him about my condition, and presented him with a specialist letter (which has included my blood results normal liver function tests, normal ultrasound and the fact that I do not need treatment just bloods every 6 months). It was written in February when I discovered my hep b and need a specialist letter for fertility treatment. The panel doctor said the letter is sufficient and even though it is not addressed to him/immigration. Hence it was sent together with the medical. Now I am worried whether they will accept the letter. I am concerned with the delay this might have caused. My husband is already in Australia and I am desperate to be with him and to make it to australia before I am not allowed to fly in advanced pregnancy stage.....

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Hi there, I find your post very useful. Just wondering whether you can ans few of my questions. I am applying for dependent visa 457. Which visa did your gf apply? I declared my condition I.e. chronic hep b on my medical. Even though the immi didn't ask for blood tests, I did it anyway just in case as I am pregnant also. Anyway, I went to the panel doctor, told him about my condition, and presented him with a specialist letter (which has included my blood results normal liver function tests, normal ultrasound and the fact that I do not need treatment just bloods every 6 months). It was written in February when I discovered my hep b and need a specialist letter for fertility treatment. The panel doctor said the letter is sufficient and even though it is not addressed to him/immigration. Hence it was sent together with the medical. Now I am worried whether they will accept the letter. I am concerned with the delay this might have caused. My husband is already in Australia and I am desperate to be with him and to make it to australia before I am not allowed to fly in advanced pregnancy stage.....

 

Hi there, my g/f was granted a partner visa under the family tree, not sure the code.

 

I think family visa's usually pull a little but more weight than employment visa's etc, however in regards to having Hepatitis B I would not worry about it. It seems like you have followed roughly the same routine as my g/f did. The letter that states that your liver etc is functioning fine, and the fact you only require 6 month blood tests to find when the Hep B does eventually blip up is the same as my g/f and she was granted the visa.

 

They take the specialist letter seriously, I made sure that the specialist knew of our immigration situation before they wrote the letter as to sway it in our favour (it helped that our specialist was also from overseas).

 

It's always worrying in the time before the decision but they are usually so busy processing papers that it may take a few weeks/months before they get to yours again.

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Hi there, my g/f was granted a partner visa under the family tree, not sure the code.

 

I think family visa's usually pull a little but more weight than employment visa's etc, however in regards to having Hepatitis B I would not worry about it. It seems like you have followed roughly the same routine as my g/f did. The letter that states that your liver etc is functioning fine, and the fact you only require 6 month blood tests to find when the Hep B does eventually blip up is the same as my g/f and she was granted the visa.

 

They take the specialist letter seriously, I made sure that the specialist knew of our immigration situation before they wrote the letter as to sway it in our favour (it helped that our specialist was also from overseas).

 

It's always worrying in the time before the decision but they are usually so busy processing papers that it may take a few weeks/months before they get to yours again.

 

 

Hi thanks for your reply. My medical has now been referred. So I just need to wait and see what happens. Just one question, when DIAC requested the blood tests and ultrasound, did they specify where you need to get done or you just arranged it yourself with your gp?

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Hi thanks for your reply. My medical has now been referred. So I just need to wait and see what happens. Just one question, when DIAC requested the blood tests and ultrasound, did they specify where you need to get done or you just arranged it yourself with your gp?

 

Good luck with your application

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Hi worriedhead, how do you visa application go? Are you applying for PR? If yes, which subclass?

 

 

Hi thanks for your reply. My medical has now been referred. So I just need to wait and see what happens. Just one question, when DIAC requested the blood tests and ultrasound, did they specify where you need to get done or you just arranged it yourself with your gp?

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Hi there,

 

We processed our application through a RMA and were advised not to take a health test until asked. Immi aksed for it 6 months into the application and after completing the initial test discovered the Hep B. Immi then requested further test by a specialist, including further Hep B blood tests and liver ultrasounds, which were all sent to Immigration after completion (those tests look around 2 months).

 

After Immigration recieved final test results they took a further 2-3 months to decide on the Visa. The Hep B specialists that we saw were recommended by our personal GP, and it was important that they knew our situation so they could write the final letter to Immigration the correct way. Immigration then send the findings to Medicare for a response from then they decide on the visa based on their comments.

 

Hope that helps.

 

Hi! Are you in Australia now? :) Would you mind referring the Heb B Specialist?

 

Thanks,

 

Annh

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Hi, I am have the same issue.... Could u plz send me ur mobile number ? I want to ask u for more detail. As I am so worry and tension at the moment. Cry everyday. I think u can understand how my feeling. Plz contact me. Thanks

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Hi, I am have the same issue.... Could u plz send me ur mobile number ? I want to ask u for more detail. As I am so worry and tension at the moment. Cry everyday. I think u can understand how my feeling. Plz contact me. Thanks

 

You would be better to start your own thread rather than ask questions on threads that are several years old with members who have not been active for years.

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You would be better to start your own thread rather than ask questions on threads that are several years old with members who have not been active for years.

 

In the circumstances discussed (anf for other medical issues) it is essential to proved specialists' reports in the required format.


Westly Russell Registered Migration Agent 0316072 www.pinoyau.com

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In the circumstances discussed (anf for other medical issues) it is essential to proved specialists' reports in the required format.

dear Wrusell,

Could you please explain more about the specialist' report format? How it look like? Thanks can u you send me an example if possible .... Will very appreciated, my email address is sunflower_moon2005@yahoo.com

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hi there  I have been Australia since 4 and half year.....I am spouse visa...my wife is a student..we are going to update our visa after  2 months...I am hep B positive ..my Ultra sound report is normal....my wife  hep B is Negative.....is it any problem for visa updating...i am worried about it ...plz suggest for me....

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On 19/07/2011 at 13:34, Everlongdrummer said:

Hi guys,

 

Just curious if anyone knows this. Myself and my girlfriend are 8 months into a strong partner visa application and during her medicals she tested positive to Hepatitis B.

 

Immigration requested liver and blood tests - liver tests came back 100% OK - however the blood tests have come back HBsAg positive with evidence of chronic Hep B - this is understandable, she contracted it as a child and was treated, never had complications since.

 

However more blood tests have returned and the doctor has advised us she needs to come back in for some sort of an injection.

 

We were wondering if anyone knows, considering this is a family visa - how bad Hep B needs to be before they refuse the visa? Advice muchly appreciated. :unsure:

Hi, friend!

i’m having similar issues with your girlfriend. I’m very worried & stressful. Can I have your email or number to have further question?

Please help me in this terrible time.

Thank you very much

 

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1 hour ago, Ellie said:

Hi, friend!

i’m having similar issues with your girlfriend. I’m very worried & stressful. Can I have your email or number to have further question?

Please help me in this terrible time.

Thank you very much

 

That post is from 2011.

You would be better advised to seek assistance from an agent specialising in medical issues. 

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