Medical Treatment visa (subclass 602)

Features


This visa allows people to travel to Australia:

  • for medical treatment or consultations
  • to support someone needing medical treatment who holds or has applied for this visa
  • to donate an organ.​

Eligibility

You must have arranged a medical consultation or have a medical treatment plan in place in Australia or either:

  • be coming to donate an organ to someone or
  • be coming with a patient or organ donor who is applying for this visa or
  • be coming to receive an organ donated from outside Australia or from a non-Australian citizen or non-permanent resident
  • be coming under arrangements between the Western Province of Papua New Guinea and the Queensland Department of Health or
  • be in Australia, 50 years of age or older and been refused an Australian permanent visa on health grounds only.

You must not:

  • have a medical condition that could be a threat to public health
  • hold a subclass 426 visa or a subclass 403 visa (Domestic Worker stream).

Length of stay

Until the treatment plan or consultations are completed

Cost

From AUD 285

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The process

Processing time

75 per cent of applications processed90 per cent of applications processed
28 days59 days

Last updated 16 November 2017 (for month ending 31 October 2017)

Processing times vary.

For more information read Global visa and citizenship processing times

Eligibility

Who could get this visa

    You might be able to get this 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 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 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:

Financial

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

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

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 we 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 visa can be granted.

The visa

About this visa

The Medical Treatment visa (subclass 602) is for people to have medical treatment or medical consultations in Australia. You cannot apply for this visa to have medical treatment for surrogate motherhood.

What this visa lets you do

    This 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.

Cost

Applying in Australia: From AUD285

Applying outside Australia: There is no application charge for this 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.

Use the Visa pricing estimator to estimate the cost of your application.

Visa pricing estimator

Note: The estimator does not calculate additional costs.

Location

You can apply for this visa when you are in or outside Australia.

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

Applying outside Australia: If you apply outside Australia, you must be outside Australia when your visa is granted.

How long your visa lasts

This visa is usually valid for the duration of the treatment plan, but we 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.

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.

If your visa application is approved with condition 8602 you must not have an outstanding public health debt while in Australia including the cost of any health related services received in Australia. This does not include health costs otherwise covered, such as by health insurance, Medicare (if eligible), or treatment for certain community health risks such as tuberculosis. If you incur a debt that is left unpaid, your visa eligibility may be affected.

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.

Follow these steps

  1. Before you apply

    Previous visas

    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 us
    • using a migration agent
    • authorising another person to receive information from us
    • receiving assistance with your application.

    'No further stay' condition

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

    Contact us if you are not sure whether your current visa conditions prevent you from applying for a further visa while you are in Australia

  2. Gather documents

    Documents

    Prepare your documents

    You need to provide documents to support your application for this visa. We 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 we specifically ask for them. Police certificates should be original documents. Documents not in English must be accompanied by accredited English translations.

    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.

  3. Apply

    Apply for the visa

      You can apply for this visa using the following form:
    • Form 48ME - Application 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 Immigration and Border Protection.

    Outside Australia:

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

    More information

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

  4. After you apply

    After you have lodged your application and documents, we will acknowledge that we have received your information.

    Wait for a decision

    We 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 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 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 us, in writing, at any time until a decision is made on the application. If you want to correct information you have previously provided, use:
    • Form 1023 - Notification of incorrect answer(s) (99KB PDF).

    We could also ask you for more information. You will have to respond by a set date. After that date, we can make a decision about your application using the information that we have.

    If another person gives us information that could result in you being refused a visa, we 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.

    Visa decision

    If the visa is granted, we 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 visa is not granted, we will send you a letter or email stating why the visa was not granted <

    In Australia:

      If this visa is not granted, we 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).

    Tell us of changes

    You must tell us 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.

    More information is available in the Tell us of changes tab.

    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.

Tell us of changes

Changes to your circumstances

    You must tell us 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 (86KB PDF) — if you move to a new address or change your passport
  • Form 1022 - Notification of changes in circumstances (77KB PDF) — if there are other changes in your circumstances.

If you do not provide us 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 we make a decision about it. To do this, send us 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 we 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.

Estimate the cost of your visa

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