The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia.

1.1.S.50 Special category visa


An SCV is a temporary visa issued to a person who is:

  • an Australian non-citizen
    • who is a New Zealand citizen who entered Australia on a New Zealand passport, and
    • is neither a behaviour concern non-citizen nor a health concern non-citizen, or
  • a person declared by the regulations, to be a person for whom a visa of another class would be inappropriate, or
  • a person in a class of persons declared by the regulations, to be persons for whom a visa of another class would be inappropriate.

Act reference: Migration Act 1958 section 32(2) Special category visas

Policy reference: PPL Guide 2.4 PPL scheme Australian residency test & absences from Australia for PLP

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