30 Dec 2006 10:56 PM
This question crops up frequently on the different forums, so doing a search may well help.
You do have to provide details of non-migrating children and they have medicals if possible. The reason is because they might want to migrate in the future. For a skilled visa, the meds are governed by Public Interest Criterion 4005, and there is no waiver of the health requirement with 4005. Child-visas are governed by PIC 4007, however, where a waiver of the health requirement is possible.
Consequently, the idea is to ensure that your non-migrating children are healthy before allowing you to get PR in Australia and then - after 2 years - the right to sponsor your presently non-migrating children for Child Visas.
The most usual problem with non-migrating children is that they are usually minors and the parent responsible for their day to day care refuses to give consent for the children to undergo meds. A doctor cannot touch a child without parental consent, as you know. This problem has been overcome many times, because DIMA gives in if a solicitor or attorney confirms that all reasonable efforts have been made to persuade the non-migrating parent to co-operate but the parent refuses to do so.
02 Jan 2007 3:14 AM
Happy New Year to you too.
Yes, if the non-migrating children are in the UK then this is the logical place for their meds to be done.
Please see here:
If you click on the Health link, you will get the list of Panel Doctors in the UK plus Forms 26 & 160, which are the relevant medical Forms.
There are various exemptions from health-tests for children depending on their ages. Under a certain age, they do not need HIV tests or chest x-rays. I am not sure of the details but trawling the DIMA website (www.immi.gov.au) should reveal and presumably any Panel Doctor could also confirm. A quick phone call to any one of them can probably tell you exactly.