Hepatitis B and Immigration/visa issues

Good day, Dr. Thomas Tu!

I do have a concern with regard to studying and working as a nurse in Australia.

I received a scholarship from Australia to study nursing there. However, way back in 2017, I found out that I have a hepa b, my medical stated it was “reactive”. Will I be declined if I apply for VISA? If yes, what must I do so I could still pursue studying nursing in Australia?

I believe that you are the best person to speak about this concern for you are more familiar with policies in Australia since you live and work there.

I hope to read from you soon! Stay safe!

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Dear @Dane ,

Thanks for the question and welcome to the community. I have created a new topic here because I think it’s an important issue that affects many people and it’s worth having it easily searchable.

Regarding migration, it is difficult to say right now.

For most people with Hepatitis B, it usually will not make you less eligible for a visa in Australia, but can make it more difficult. There are special considerations if you do want to work in healthcare. I am definitely not an expert in migration law and I think you might need specific support.

I would love for any Australian experts, who might have more experience in this to provide some additional input. (@simone.strasser, @MarkDouglas, @jessica.howell, @stao, @Nafisa.Yussf). Maybe @YellowWarriorsPH from the Philippines could also help in this case?

I could find the following resources that might help:

Hepatitis B is not considered a public health threat to the Australian community. However, it might be considered a threat when the applicant intends to work in healthcare and undertake exposure-prone procedures where there is a risk of contact between the worker’s blood and a patient’s open tissue. If this is a consideration, it is advisable that the applicant consults a viral hepatitis specialist experienced in the management of infected health care workers. The Department will seek a report from a prospective employer or institution about whether a person would be involved in exposure-prone procedures before a visa decision is made.

We generally don’t consider HIV or hepatitis to be a threat to public health. But if you have HIV or hepatitis and you apply for a temporary visa, we might consider your condition to be a threat to public health if you intend to work as (or study to become) a doctor, nurse, dentist or paramedic in Australia.

Hello Mr. @ThomasTu !
I am a chronic Hepatitis B patient. I want to apply to Australia for my Masters under Student Visa. But I am concerned about my Visa being rejected. Will my Visa be declined under grounds of Hepatitis B? What are my chances of studying and working in Australia as a Hepatitis B patient?
Please Help me get the answers! Thank You!

Dear @Aarati11,

I have Hep B myself and I am now an associate professor running my own research group here in Australia; there is no barrier to studying and working in academia in Australia as someone with Hep B. Having Hep B does not prevent you from applying for a visa and it should not be rejected just because you have Hep B. Best thing would be to apply!

Hope this helps,
Thomas

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