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.​

Requirements

You might be able to get this visa to:

  • have medical treatment in Australia
  • donate an organ
  • support the person needing medical treatment. This person must hold or is applying for this visa.

You can also apply for this visa if you are in Australia, have turned 50 years of age, and have been refused a permanent visa only on the grounds of health.

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.

It is a temporary visa. 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.

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.

Before you apply

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

If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. In most cases, you and your family members must have valid passports to be granted this visa.

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.

Cost

The visa application charges are listed in Fees and charges.

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.

Visa applicants

This information tells you what you need to do to apply for a Medical Treatment visa (subclass 602).

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

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 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.

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.

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 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 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 hand-deliver 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.

After you have applied

After you have lodged your application and documents, we will let you know 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, at any time until a decision is made on the application. If you want to correct information you provided, use:

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.

Report changes in 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:

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.

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).

Document checklist

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.

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

Charges

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

Apply in Australia: Charges

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.
    • These photographs should be of the head and shoulders only against a plain background.
    • 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 visa. If one or both parents are not coming with you, provide:
    • astatutory declaration giving their permission
    • 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:
    • come from the financial officer or the administration department of the public hospital
    • 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.

Visa holders

This information is for people who have already been granted a Medical Treatment visa (subclass 602). It explains your rights and obligations.

You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.

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.

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.

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.

Report changes in circumstances

Tell us 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:

Estimate the cost of your visa

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The Visa Pricing Estimator requires you to answer the questions as accurately as possible to provide you with an estimate for lodging a visa application. The estimator does not include the second instalment of the visa application charge which is payable for some visas. Please note this is an estimate for a visa application, if you have already lodged your application and you want to change/add applicants please refer to the Visa Pricing Table. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection Visa Pricing Estimator will give you an estimate of the charges you may need to pay to lodge a visa application. This is paid after you have made your application but before the visa can be granted. Read the department's full disclaimer. The Commonwealth of Australia does not guarantee the accuracy, currency or completeness of any material in the Visa Pricing Estimator.

Last reviewed

Monday 31 March 2014