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Bridging Visas

Bridging visas are primarily used for two purposes: first, to provide a ‘bridge’ between an expired visa and waiting for the outcome of a visa application; or second, while waiting for a review of a decision in relation to a matter pertaining to your residency status.

Bridging Visa A (subclass 010)

A Bridging Visa A (BVA) is primarily granted when an individual is on a substantive Australian visa and they have lodged an application for another substantive visa, to ensure that they remain lawfully in Australia until they receive an outcome for their application. This is primarily useful if the initial substantive visa is due to expire prior to the outcome of an application for another substantive visa.

Please note that a BVA holder has no travel rights. This means that if a BVA holder leaves Australia, they would not be able to re-enter. However, a BVA holder may be able to apply for a Bridging Visa B (BVB) which would provide them with travel rights.

When a BVA is granted, sometimes no working rights will be associated with this… However, an application can be made to the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) for another BVA with no working restrictions. In order to do this, you need to be able to demonstrate that you are suffering from financial hardship. There are further exceptions to this, specifically if the substantive visa that is being applied for is on skills grounds or is an onshore partner visa (subclass 820).

For further information regarding this and to discuss the most suitable option for you, please contact us and we would be pleased to assist.

Bridging Visa B (subclass 020)

A Bridging Visa B (BVB) is primarily used in order to allow BVA holders to travel outside of Australia and re-enter within the prescribed time period of the BVB, while their substantive visa is being processed or if you have made an application for judicial review of a refused substantive visa application and these judicial review proceedings have not been completed.

If granted a BVB, the prescribed time frame will be established in the grant of this visa. You must be back in Australia prior to the expiry of this visa. If the travel timeframe has ended or does not extend to a period to cover your proposed travel, you need to apply for a new BVB.

For further information regarding this and to discuss the most suitable option for you, please contact us and we would be pleased to assist.

Bridging Visa C (subclass 030)

Please note that a BVC does not include any travel rights, and you are not able to apply for a BVB, which allows travel rights, while on a BVC. If a BVC holder departs Australia then their BVC will cease upon departure.

A BVC will only include working rights if the substantial visa that has been applied for is within a particular class of skilled visas. However, an application can be made to the Department of Home
Affairs for another BVC with no working restrictions, if you can demonstrate that you are suffering from financial hardship.

For further information regarding this and to discuss the most suitable option for you, please contact us and we would be pleased to assist.


Bridging Visa E (subclass 050)

A Bridging Visa E (BVE) is usually granted to allow you to remain lawfully in Australia while you are finalising your immigration matter, or whilst you make arrangements to leave Australia. In order to apply for a BVE, you must be an unlawful non-citizen, already the holder of a BVE or the holder of a Bridging Visa D (subclass 041) at the time of applying for this visa.

A BVE does not include any travel rights, and you cannot apply for a BVB to facilitate travel, while on a BVE. If a BVE holder departs Australia, their BVE will cease upon departure. If you would like to return to Australia after you have held a BVE, you will need a substantive visa.

If you are able to work on your BVE, the visa grant letter will clarify this. If you obtain a BVE that does not include work rights, you are able to apply for another BVE in order to obtain working rights, however this will only be granted in specific circumstances, such as financial hardship.

For further information regarding this and to discuss the most suitable option for you, please contact us and we would be pleased to assist.

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1300 245 756

50 McDougall Street,
Milton, Brisbane, QLD, 4064

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Bundall, QLD, 4217

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Sydney, NSW, 2000


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