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This visa allows people to travel to Australia:
You must have arranged a medical consultation or have a medical treatment plan in place in Australia or either:
You must not:
Until the treatment plan or consultations are completed
75 per cent of applications are processed in 12 days
For more information read
Global visa and citizenship processing times
Last updated 18 August 2017 (for month ending 31 July 2017)
Processing times vary.
For more information read
Global visa and citizenship processing times
To be granted this visa you must also
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 show that payment for any treatment in a public hospital has been approved by the treating hospital.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you hold one of these visas, it will be valid until the date you were given when your visa was granted.
Please refer to
preparing your application, for information on:
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
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.
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.
After you have lodged your application and documents, we will acknowledge that we have received your information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If the visa is granted, we will let you know:
You will not have a visa label placed in your passport.
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.
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.
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.
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.