LIN 19/046: medical treatment visa application

The new instrument changes the form, place and manner for making applications for Medical Treatment (Visitor) (Class UB) visas

The Migration (LIN 19/046: Arrangements for Medical Treatment (Visitor) (Class UB)Visa Applications) Instrument 2019 commences on 2 March 2019 and provides the form, place and manner for making a valid application for a Medical Treatment (Visitor) (Class UB) visa.

Currently, applications must be lodged on paper form 48ME by mail or email if the applicant is in Australia or at a diplomatic office if the applicant is overseas. From the above date onwards, whether applicants are onshore of offshore, applications will need to be made by:

(a)   lodging an internet application using the online Form 48ME; or

(b)   if the applicant receives an authorisation confirmation – by submitting a paper Form 48ME in accordance with the directions provided by the Department.

This instrument applies to applications made on or after 2 March 2019.

The new instrument will replace the Migration (LIN 18/090: Arrangements for Medical Treatment (Visitor) (Class UB) Visa Applications) Instrument 2018 on 2 March 2019, but LIN 18/090 continues to apply in relation to a visa application mentioned in it if that application was made but not finally determined before that date.

Disclaimer: the above is a mere tentative analysis of a new piece of legislation. The views there expressed might not reflect the views of the Department, the AAT or the courts. The law or policies might have changed between the writing and reading of this article. The author of this article and Migration Law Updates disclaim any liability for any action (or omission) on their part based on any information provided (or not provided) in this article and are under no obligation to keep the general public nor practitioners informed about the matters discussed in this article or any other matters, or any future changes to any of those matters. It is the responsibility of each practitioner to obtain access to primary sources of law and policy by themselves and to carry out their own research and come to their own conclusions on legislation, case law, policies and more. This article is not intended for the general public.

Sergio Zanotti Stagliorio is a Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1461003). He is the owner of Target Migration in Sydney. He can be reached at

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