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Author Topic: Medical for immigration  (Read 1192 times)

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Offline wanderer37

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Medical for immigration
« on: April 04, 2012, 01:02:35 PM »
Just found out today that I need a medical test for immigration purposes in the country where i work (so I can get a work visa) .Basically my employer is going to find out I'm poz next week and I'm probably going to lose my job and need to leave the country. Kinda hard to desribe how I feel right now.

Offline contagion

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Re: Medical for immigration
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2012, 10:57:26 PM »
My sympathies wanderer. I do know that many countries like Singapore etc deny work visa based on your status. But I'm not sure how your status can be revealed to your employer. You should check out restrictions and know your rights from this website - http://www.hivrestrictions.org/
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Offline joemutt

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Re: Medical for immigration
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2012, 11:56:17 PM »
My sympathies wanderer. I do know that many countries like Singapore etc deny work visa based on your status. But I'm not sure how your status can be revealed to your employer. You should check out restrictions and know your rights from this website - http://www.hivrestrictions.org/

Like this : the employer assigns the doctor/lab who does the check-up/tests, or all testing goes through government-monitored labs. Some countries do not have specific laws concerning hiv but have compulsory testing for work permits for foreigners anyhow.
« Last Edit: April 09, 2012, 12:00:01 AM by joemutt »

Offline Valmont

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Re: Medical for immigration
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2012, 08:33:53 PM »
Best wishes... 

You employer cannot assign you another job in another country if things goes wrong???  Where are you living and working?

I hope things will go by a good way...  Be strong...
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Offline Dr.Strangelove

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Re: Medical for immigration
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2012, 05:28:51 AM »
I am sorry to hear that wanderer. I hope you get lucky and them finding out you are poz will not be a reason to fire you.
Since it seems sure that they will find out, have you considered talking to them before they find out by themselves? Maybe you could approach them openly and explain your situation and how you being poz is not a risk for your co-workers bla bla
It's just a thought. Depends on your company, rules and the country you are in, I guess...

I am also not in my native country at the moment. Finding out that I am poz has mixed up my plans quite a bit. I was planning to live here for longer but the healthcare system back in Europe is better (I'd like to get on a one pill, once a day treatment), so I will have to return home when my CD4s drop. Thankfully I have no work-related issues.

Let us know how your situation evolves...

Offline joemutt

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Re: Medical for immigration
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2012, 09:30:04 AM »
Sad situation.

Often permission to work/stay doesn't depend on company goodwill but on immigration (government) policy.
This is the case in e.g. Singapore, Taiwan. If positive results come back, deportation follows.

Indonesia has no specific law but same result through government  mandatory screening. You could refuse the test or fight it in a law court but this will not give the job (back).

Some countries/companies allow to bring in a health certificate from the applicant's side as a formality. No problem there.

Another variant is Thailand where hiv is no problem for Immigration laws but many a company will hide the hiv testing in a mandatory health check-up. But then most schools and universities for example don't impose a test and you just bring a pro forma certificate from a doctor of your choosing.

Good Luck.

Offline wanderer37

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Re: Medical for immigration
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2012, 09:20:31 AM »
Thank you all for your replies  :), making a difficult situation easier....

I am going to speak to my employer about not doing this test tomorrow and will keep you guys updated....

 


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