Scenario Andrew Coombes came to Australia on a Working Holiday subclass 417 visa which expired last week. His visa did not have a ‘no further stay’ condition attached. Andrew intended to leave Australia two weeks ago, but on the way to the airport, the Uber car that he was a passenger in was involved in a collision with a truck. Andrew was seriously injured and is currently in intensive care at the Royal Melbourne Hospital recovering from a broken leg, broken sternum and fractured skull. It is likely that he will be in hospital receiving medical treatment for another month and will then need to spend at least six weeks in the rehabilitation ward.
The Transport Accident Commission is paying his medical costs, and Andrew’s travel insurance will cover any additional expenses arising from his extended stay. You are a registered migration agent and the social worker at the hospital has asked for your help. You have agreed to provide a letter of advice to Andrew pro bono (free of charge) about his eligibility for a Medical Treatment (Visitor) Class UB subclass 602 visa. Andrew has signed a Client Agreement.
Write a letter of advice to Andrew answering the following questions:
Why can Andrew make a valid application for a Medical Treatment (Class UB) subclass 602 visa even though his subclass 417 visa has expired?
What forms are required to lodge a valid application for a subclass 602 visa, and what fee or fees are payable? What eligibility criteria must Andrew meet to be granted a Medical Treatment subclass 602 visa?