Can I get a work visa for Australia if I’m HIV positive?
I am a psychiatric nurse and have been hiv positive since 2004. I am taking truvada and efivarenz.
In 2007 I was refused entry to New Zealand because they said my medication was expensive and truvada new on the market also being HIV my chances of hospitalization where high.
I want to try Australia, do they have same policy on hiv migrant workers?
Currently, as in almost every country of the world, foreigners applying for most types of Australian visas, excluding temporary visitor visas, require a health check. The certified results are a required part of their immigration documents.
The Australian government Department of Immigration and Citizenship also wrote :-
“If the applicant is found to be HIV positive, a decision on whether the applicant meets the health requirement will be made on the same grounds as any other pre-existing medical condition. The main factor to be taken into account is the cost of the condition to the Australian community of health care and community services. Standard pre and post-test counselling must be provided by the doctor who examined the applicant.”
This link (updated February 2016) seems very positive about HIV not being a bar to longer visa’s, with the main criteria being to not be a cost to Australian health services. Of note, this page includes a reference to having undtectable viral load.
There is another link at Skilled Visa Health requirement with a section on AIDS/HIV.
However, nursing is one of the professions where HIV might still be an issue. The restrictions on HIV positive poeple working as doctors, dentist and nusses were lifted in the UK so long as the person is on ART with an undetectable viral load. In other countries this might not be the case yet.
Perhaps contact an HIV organistation in Australia, such as NAPWA (www.napwa.org) in case they can help.
This answer was updated in February 2016 from a question first posted in November 2011.