Medical Treatment Visa subclass 602

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Medical Treatment Visa subclass 602: What this Medical Treatment visa lets you do

This Medical Treatment visa allows you to:

  • stay in Australia for medical treatment
  • study for up to three months, unless you are younger than 18 years old and your circumstances change while you are in Australia
  • travel to Australia either:
    • once to enter the country until the treatment plan is completed, or
    • as many times, as you want while your visa is valid.

Medical Treatment Visa subclass 602: Before you apply

The Medical Treatment visa (subclass 602) has replaced the following visas:

  • Medical Treatment (Short Stay) visa (subclass 675)
  • Medical Treatment (Long Stay) visa (subclass 685).

If you hold one of these visas, it will be valid until the date you were given when your visa was granted.

Your passport

Please refer to preparing your application, for information on:

  • certifying and translating documents into English
  • communicating with the department of immigration and border protection
  • using a migration agent
  • authorising another person to receive information from the department of immigration and border protection
  • receiving assistance with your application.

Medical Treatment Visa subclass 602: No further stay condition

You cannot apply for this Medical Treatment visa if you already hold another visa that has a ‘No further stay’ condition.

Contact the department of immigration and border protection if you are not sure whether your current visa conditions prevent you from applying for a further visa while you are in Australia.

Medical Treatment Visa subclass 602: Cost

The visa application charges are listed in Fees and charges.

Applying outside Australia: There is no application charge for this Medical Treatment visa if you apply from outside Australia or if you represent a foreign government.

Other costs

You might have to pay other costs, such as the costs of health assessments, police certificates, or any other certificates or tests. You are responsible for making the necessary arrangements.

Medical Treatment Visa subclass 602: Who could get this Medical Treatment visa

You might be able to get this Medical Treatment visa if you:

  • have a medical treatment plan or medical consultation in Australia
  • are going to donate an organ to someone
  • are coming with a patient or organ donor who is applying for this Medical Treatment visa
  • are going to receive an organ from someone who travels to Australia with you
  • coming to Australia as a patient under the arrangements between the Western Province of Papua New Guinea and the Queensland Department of Health
  • are in Australia, and you are 50 years of age or older, and you have been refused a permanent visa on health grounds only.

To be granted this Medical Treatment visa you must also

  • meet financial, health and character requirements
  • not have a medical condition that could be a threat to public health
  • not hold either of the following visas:

o       a  Domestic Worker (Diplomatic/Consular) visa (subclass 426)

o       the  Domestic Worker stream of the Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403).

Financial requirements

You must provide evidence that you have enough money to support yourself while you are in Australia. You must also show that you have enough money for your travel and treatment.

You must also show that you have made arrangements for:

  • your treatment
  • other expenses related to your stay in Australia
  • the expenses of anyone who comes with you to Australia (this includes an organ donor’s expenses).

You must show that payment for any treatment in a public hospital has been approved by the treating hospital.

Health requirements

You must meet certain  health requirements. The health examinations you need will depend on your personal circumstances, including your period of stay, country of citizenship, time spent in another country during the last five years and your intended activities in Australia.

Note: Different requirements will apply if you are undergoing medical treatment in Australia.

The results of your health examinations are generally valid for 12 months.

You are able to  organise your health examinations upfront  before lodging a visa application.

Character requirements

You must meet certain  character requirements. You must be prepared to provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age. Do not arrange for police certificates until the department of immigration and border protection ask you to.

Debts to the Australian Government

You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this Medical Treatment visa can be granted.

Provide biometrics

You might be asked to provide  biometrics  (a scientific form of identification) as part of the application.  Countries and visa subclasses included in the biometrics program  has more information.

Medical Treatment Visa subclass 602: How to apply

This information explains what you need to do to apply for a Medical Treatment visa (subclass 602). You can be in or outside Australia when you apply.

You can apply for this Medical Treatment visa whether you are in or outside Australia:

In Australia: If you apply in Australia, you must be in Australia when the visa is granted.

Outside Australia: If you apply outside Australia, you must be outside Australia when the visa is granted.

Prepare your documents

You need to provide documents to prove the claims you make in your application. These documents are listed in the  document checklist.

Some documents could take some time to obtain. You should have all the required documents ready when you lodge your application to reduce any delays in processing.

Lodge your application

You can apply for this Medical Treatment visa using the following form:

  • Form 48MEApplication to visit Australia for medical treatment (Class UB Medical Treatment)  (200 kB PDF).

In Australia: Post, fax or deliver by courier service your application to the  Canberra office  in  the Australian Capital Territory. You can pay by credit card, debit card, bank cheque or money order made payable to the Department of Home Affairs (www.homeaffairs.gov.au).

Outside Australia: Lodge your application at one of the  immigration offices outside Australia.​

Medical Treatment Visa subclass 602: More information

There is more information to help you  prepare your application, such as certifying and translating documents into English, communicating with the department of immigration and border protection, using a migration agent, authorising another person to receive information from the department of immigration and border protection, and receiving assistance with your application.​​

Medical Treatment Visa subclass 602: After you have applied

After you have lodged your application and documents, the department of immigration and border protection will let you know that they have received your information.

Wait for a decision

The department of immigration and border protection have  visa processing times  for each visa.

Your application could take longer if you need character or health checks (including x-rays), if you need to provide more information, or if your application is incomplete.

Outside Australia: If you apply for this Medical Treatment visa from outside Australia, do not make arrangements to travel to Australia until you are advised in writing that you have been granted a visa.

In Australia: If you apply for this Medical Treatment visa in Australia, you could be able to get a  Bridging visa  that allows you to stay in the country lawfully while your application is processed. If you are given a Bridging visa A, you can apply for  Bridging visa B (BVB)  to travel outside Australia while you wait for a decision.

Provide more information

You can provide more information to the department of immigration and border protection, at any time until a decision is made on the application.  If you want to correct information you provided, use:

  • Form 1023 Notification of incorrect answer(s) (99 kB pdf).

The department of immigration and border protection could also ask you for more information. You will have to respond by a set date. After that date, they can make a decision about your application using the information that they have.

If another person gives the department of immigration and border protection information that could result in you being refused a visa, the department of immigration and border protection will  usually give you the opportunity to comment on the information.

You might also be interviewed. If you are asked to attend an interview in person, bring your passport or other identification and any requested documents to the interview.

Report changes in circumstances

You must tell the department of immigration and border protection if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.

You can use the following forms:

  • Form 929 Change of address and/or passport details (86 kB pdf)– if you move to a new address or change your passport
  • Form 1022 Notification of changes in circumstances (77 kB pdf)  – if there are other changes in your circumstances.

If you do not provide the department of immigration and border protection with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and may be denied permission to board your plane.

Withdrawing your application

You can withdraw the application at any time before the department of immigration and border protection make a decision about it. To do this, send the department of immigration and border protection a letter or email to ask for the withdrawal. Your request must include your full name and  date of birth. You should also include the number the department of immigration and border protection gave you when you applied, if you know it  — this could be a file reference number, client ID, or a Transaction Reference Number.

If you  are 18 years of age or older, you  must sign the letter of withdrawal or send a separate email or letter.

Medical Treatment Visa subclass 602: Visa decision

If the visa is granted, the department of immigration and border protection will let you know:

  • when you can use the visa
  • the visa grant number
  • any conditions attached to the visa.

You will not have a  visa label  placed in your passport.

Outside Australia: If this Medical Treatment visa is not granted, the department of immigration and border protection will send you a letter or email stating why the visa was not granted.

In Australia: If this Medical Treatment visa is not granted, the department of immigration and border protection will send you a letter or email stating:

  • why the visa was not granted
  • your review rights (if any)
  • the time limit for applying for a review of the decision (if applicable).

Medical Treatment Visa subclass 602: Document checklist

You need to provide documents to support your application for this Medical Treatment visa. The department of immigration and border protection can make a decision using the information you provide when you lodge your application. It is in your interest to provide as much information as possible with your application.

Provide certified copies of original documents. Do not include original documents unless the department of immigration and border protection specifically ask for them. Police certificates should be original documents. Documents not in English must be accompanied by accredited English translations.

Use this checklist to make sure your application is complete.

Visa application requirements differ from country to country.

If you are applying outside Australia, your nearest  immigration office outside Australia  will tell you exactly how to  lodge your application and what documents to provide.

Forms

  • A completed application form:

o       Form 48ME  Application to visit Australia for medical treatment (Class UB Medical Treatment)  (200 kB PDF).

Charges

  • If you apply for this Medical Treatment visa in Australia: pay the visa application charge.

Apply in Australia: Charges

  • Pay the visa application charge.

Documents to show identity

  • Certified copies of the biographical pages of the current passports or travel documents of all people included in the application (these are the pages with the holder’s photo and personal details and the issue/expiry dates).
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs (45 mm x 35 mm) of each person included in the application.

o       These photographs should be of the head and shoulders only against a plain background.

o       Print the name of the person on the back of each photograph.

  • If your name has changed or the name of anyone included in your application has changed: a certified copy of evidence of the name change.
  • If you are younger than 18 years of age: evidence that every person with a legal right to decide where you live consents to your travel to Australia on this Medical Treatment visa. If one or both parents are not coming with you, provide:

o       a statutory  declaration  giving their permission

o       Form 1229  Consent form to grant an Australian visa to a child under the age of 18 years (125 kB PDF).   If you use this form, you will have to attach a certified copy of your parent’s or guardian’s government-issued identification document (such as a passport or drivers licence) with their photograph and their signature.

Medical documents

If you are seeking treatment in Australia or donating an organ:

  • A letter from the treating doctor in Australia outlining your medical condition and the treatment that will be required, including an estimate of the timeframe and cost of this treatment.
  • Evidence you have enough money to support yourself and anyone who comes with you while you are in Australia. This should include letters from any Australians who will be supporting you during your stay.
  • A letter from the treating doctor or hospital saying they are satisfied with arrangements for payment.
  • If you are going to be treated in a public hospital, the letter about payment arrangements must:

o       come from the financial officer or the administration department of the public hospital

o       confirm that no Australian will be disadvantaged in accessing medical services as a result of your treatment.

Character requirements

  • If anyone included in the application has served in the armed forces of any country: certified copies of their military service record or discharge papers.

Medical Treatment Visa subclass 602: How long your visa lasts

This Medical Treatment visa is usually valid for the duration of the treatment plan, but the department of immigration and border protection will make a decision based on your personal circumstances. The intent is to give you time to have your medical treatment.

In Australia:  The visa is usually granted for up to 12 months.

Outside Australia:  The visa is usually granted for up to three months.

Medical Treatment Visa subclass 602: What this Medical Treatment visa lets you do

This Medical Treatment visa allows you to:

  • stay in Australia for medical treatment
  • study for up to three months, unless you are younger than 18 years old and your circumstances change while you are in Australia
  • travel to Australia either:

o       once to enter the country until the treatment plan is completed, or

o       as many times, as you want while your visa is valid.

Medical Treatment Visa subclass 602: Your obligations

You and your family must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws. You cannot work in Australia, except under limited circumstances. You can study for up to three months.

Leave before your visa ends

You are expected to leave Australia before your visa ends. You can apply for another visa in Australia if you need more medical treatment and have a medical treatment plan. Medical Treatment visas are usually granted for a short time only, and you are expected to return to your home country.

Medical Treatment Visa subclass 602: Report changes in circumstances

Tell the department of immigration and border protection if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth or death in your family.

You can use the following forms:

  • Form 929 Change of address and/or passport details (86 kB pdf)  – if you move to a new address or change your passport
  • Form 1022 Notification of changes in circumstances (77 kB pdf)– if there are other changes in your circumstances.

Source: The Australian Department of Home Affairs (www.homeaffairs.gov.au). Please visit www.border.gov.au to get updated information.