All visa applicants attending Bupa for a health examination must bring an acceptable passport in order to have their identity verified before the examination can commence, unless they fall within one of the “exemption categories” listed below or seek a waiver of the passport requirement.
Health examinations will not proceed unless applicants provide appropriate identity documents.
The following applicant/s are exempt from the requirement to provide a valid passport. Applicant/s who:
§ have refugee or humanitarian claims or requests before the department, or have previously been granted a protection or humanitarian visa (in which case they will hold an immigration issued credential (Immicard or PLO56). ImmiCards have not retrospectively replaced the visa evidence cards (PLO56s) issued prior to 23 March 2013 when ImmiCards were introduced. Visa evidence cards are still accepted by Government agencies and holders of these documents can still use their PLO56 to enrol for services they are entitled to
* is/are undertaking a health status assessment using form 1389
* are infants born in Australia, aged 6 months or less, who are eligible for an assessment on the papers or
* are vulnerable children applying for a Child visa (subclass 802) and evidence is presented that the child is being sponsored by a State/Territory child welfare department.
Waiver of passport requirement
A Visa Processing Officer (VPO) can waive the passport requirement if:
* the client falls into one of the exemption categories or
* the client has requested a waiver and the VPO is satisfied it is unreasonable for the client to provide a valid passport (see the non-exhaustive list of examples outlined in table) – case notes should be included.
The Visa Processing Officer then sends the “Instruction to Bupa – Passport Not Required” letter to BUPA advising that the applicant is authorised to proceed with the medical examination/s.
* Where the child is added to their parents passport, this is an acceptable passport, so long as the passport is valid.