Australian Embassy
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Visa Requirements

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This page provides information on visa requirements for applicants in China and Mongolia. Further information is available on the website of the Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) by following the links to Help and Support >> Meeting Our Requirements.

Before submitting your application, you should check any other specific requirements for the visa you are applying for.

Health Requirement

All visa applicants to Australia must meet the health requirement. You may be requested to undertake health examinations as part of the visa application process. This depends on your personal circumstances, the type of visa you are applying for, how long you plan to stay in Australia and the country you are applying from.

For the purposes of Australian visa applications:

  • China is currently listed as a higher risk country for Tuberculosis (TB). This applies both to Chinese citizens and other visa applicants who have spent more than 3 consecutive months in the last 5 years in China or another higher risk country.
  • Mongolia is currently listed as a higher risk country for TB. This applies both to Mongolian citizens and other visa applicants who have spent more than three (3) consecutive months in the last five (5) years in Mongolia or another higher risk country.

If you applying for a visa from China or Mongolia, you are likely to be requested to undertake health examinations if your circumstances fall into one of the following categories:

  • You plan to stay in Australia for six (6) months or more
  • You are aged 75 years or older and apply for a Visitor visa (subclass 600)
  • You are likely to enter a health care or hospital environment in Australia
  • You are pregnant and intend to give birth in Australia
  • You intend to work as (or study to be) a doctor, dentist, nurse or paramedic
  • You are likely to work or train at an Australian childcare centre, including preschools and creches
  • You have any significant medical conditions.
Did you know? If you have applied online for your visa you can check if you need to complete health examinations in the 'View health assessment' tab in ImmiAccount. You can also organise your health examinations online.


Please note that obtaining a health clearance does not guarantee that your visa will be approved. You must meet all other visa requirements to be granted a visa. We will not be eligible for any financial loss incurred by applicants who have paid for health examinations if the visa is refused.   

More information is available on the website of the Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) at Meeting Our Requirements – Health.

Immigration Panel Physicians

If you are requested to undertake health examinations outside Australia you must arrange your medical examinations with a panel physician. A panel physician is a doctor or a radiologist who has been appointed by the Australian Government to perform medical examinations on applicants for Australian visas outside Australia.

To find a panel physician, select your country from the list of Offices and locations on the Home Affairs website and follow the link to Panel Physician.

Health Insurance

You are responsible for all your health costs while you are in Australia. Chinese and Mongolian citizens are not covered by Australia's national health scheme (Medicare).

We strongly recommend that you take out adequate health or travel insurance each time you travel to Australia. Depending on the visa you apply for and your personal circumstances, you may be required to provide evidence of adequate health insurance or that you have adequate means to meet any health costs in Australia before we grant the visa. Your visa may also be subject to condition 8501 which requires that the visa holder maintains adequate arrangements for health insurance while in Australia. Breach of this visa condition could result in visa cancellation.

If you are required to  maintain adequate arrangements for health insurance in Australia, we encourage you to upload a scanned copy of your health insurance policy at the time you lodge your application. Your application may be decided without requesting this information. 

Please also note that obtaining insurance does not guarantee that the visa application will be approved. If you have paid for the insurance policy and the visa is refused, it is a matter for you to seek any refunds or repayments from the insurer. 

Information on what is considered an adequate level of insurance is available at Adequate health insurance for visa holders or at Attachment A

  • If you are aged 75 years (applying for a Visitor visa)

In recognition of the higher potential public health costs in respect of Visitor visa applicants aged 75 years older, you must demonstrate that you have adequate means to meet any health costs in Australia. If you are granted a Visitor visa, your visa will be subject to condition 8501.

We recommend that you provide evidence of private health insurance or travel insurance to cover your entire proposed period of stay in Australia. Please upload a scanned copy of your health or travel insurance policy at the time you lodge your application.

If you do not provide satisfactory evidence to demonstrate you have adequate insurance or other adequate means to meet any health costs in Australia, then your visa may be refused.

  • If you are the parent of an Australian citizen/permanent resident (applying for a longer validity Visitor visa)

If you identify yourself as the parent or step-parent of an Australian citizen/permanent resident and apply for a longer validity Visitor visa (with up to 12 month stay period), you must demonstrate that you have adequate means to meet any health costs in Australia. If you are granted a Visitor visa, your visa will be subject to condition 8501.

We recommend that you provide evidence of private health insurance or travel insurance to cover the first 12 months of your proposed visit.

If you are granted a longer validity visa you will also need to ensure that you are adequately covered on any subsequent visits, or your visa may be liable for cancellation.

If you do not provide satisfactory evidence to demonstrate you have adequate health insurance coverage or other adequate means to meet any health costs in Australia, then your visa may be refused or you may be granted a visa with a shorter stay period / validity than what you requested. 
 

Character Requirement

Everyone who wishes to enter Australia must be assessed against the character requirement.

For the Australian Government to determine whether you are of good character, you may be asked to provide military certificates, penal clearance certificates or provide us with further personal details as part of the visa application process.

If you are required to obtain a military or police clearance certificate, this will be indicated on the relevant visa application checklist or your case officer will advise you.

For detailed information on obtaining a penal clearance certificate(also known as a police certificate)  in China, select ‘China’ from the list of Offices and locations on the Home Affairs website and follow the link to Police Check.

More information is available on the Home Affairs website at Character requirements for visas.

Applicants for the Visitor visa (subclass 600) in the Frequent Traveller stream only must provide biometrics at an Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in China before lodging an application online. Appointments for biometrics collection at an AVAC can be made through our service delivery partner’s website at VFS global.

AVACs in China are not generally able to provide biometrics collection services for any other visa types. If you have received a request to provide biometrics and you are currently located in China or Mongolia, you can contact us using the Australian Immigration Enquiry Form to confirm whether you need to provide your biometrics.

More information is available on the Home Affairs website at Biometrics Requirement.

Appointing a Migration Agent or Authorised Recipient 

For information on using a migration agent or getting help to apply for a visa, refer to the website of the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA).

Under the Privacy Act 1988 we can only provide information about a visa application to the applicant, an authorised person or an appointed migration agent.

You can appoint a migration agent or another person to receive information about your application online in ImmiAccount.

If you did not apply online, you can complete Form 956 or Form 956A and attach it to your paper application.
See: Form 956 Advice by a migration agent/exempt person of providing immigration assistance
See: Form 956A Appointment or withdrawal of Authorised Recipient 

Fraud in an Application

You must provide complete and truthful information when you make your application.

It is a serious offence to misrepresent yourself, or one of your family members when making an application for an Australian visa or for Australian citizenship. This includes making false or misleading statements, or submitting false information or false documents with your application.

It is your responsibility to make sure that all the information provided in your application is truthful and complete, even if someone else helps you with your application or completes your application for you.

Most visa applications are subject to Public Interest Criterion (PIC) 4020 which allows certain visa applications to be refused where false or misleading information is provided to the department. In addition, the applicant and their family members may be barred by law from being granted a visa for up to ten (10) years.

For more information on PIC4020, see Providing accurate information

If you made a mistake or provided an incorrect answer in your application, you should notify us as soon as possible. You can do this online via ImmiAccount. If you did not apply online, you can complete Form 1023 - Notification of Incorrect Answers and submit it to us through the Australian Immigration Enquiry form.

Please note that applicants for all subclasses of visas may be subject to verification checking, which may include telephone interviews, third-party telephone checks, document examination, checks made with document issuing authorities, face-to-face interviews and site visits.  


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Page last updated 9 September 2019