Australian Bridging Visa Guide

Australian Bridging Visa Guide

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A Beginner’s Guide to Australian Bridging Visas

Wanting to extend your stay in Australia but no longer have a working visa? Applying for a new visa when your current one has expired can be a difficult process. A common solution is to apply for a bridging visa, which allows you to stay in Australia while you wait for your new visa to be approved.  There are several different types of bridging visas, and all are temporary.
Not sure what type of Australian bridging visa to apply for? To make things easier for you, we’ve broken down all the different types of bridging visas.

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Bridging Visa Type A (BVA) – Subclass 010

To be eligible for a BVA, you must have already lodged your application for a new visa while still living in Australia. You must also hold a substantive visa (a substantive visa refers to any type of visa other than a bridging visa), or a BVA or BVB visa. The BVA allows you to legally stay in Australia until a decision has been made on your visa application. However it does not permit you to return to Australia once you leave.

Bridging Visa Type B (BVB) – Subclass (020)

To be eligible for a BVB, you must hold an existing BVA or BVB visa, and have already lodged your application for a new substantive visa. The application must be made in Australia, although non-citizens are permitted to leave and return to Australia while waiting for their substantive visa to be processed. However, if you do leave the country while waiting to be granted a BVB, you must provide considerable reason for doing so.

Bridging Visa Type C (BVC) – Subclass (030)

The BVC visa is eligible for those who don’t hold either a substantive visa or a BVE visa (BVE visas are usually given to people who have been denied immigration clearance and are planning to leave Australia). Applicants must also have already lodged an application for a new substantive visa while living in Australia.

Bridging Visa Type D (BVD) – Subclass (040) and Subclass (041)

The BVD visa can be applied to:

  • Unlawful citizens who aren’t currently held in criminal or immigration detention
  • Migrants who currently hold a visa that’s scheduled to expire in the next three business days, and were unsuccessful in applying for a substantive visa (but can reapply in the next five working days)
  • Migrants who don’t have the ability or aren’t willing to apply for a substantive visa.

A BVD (040) is not eligible for migrants who have already been approved for two BVD (040) visas since they last held a substantive visa.

Bridging Visa Type E (BVE) – Subclass (050) and Subclass (051)

The BVE (050) visa is applicable for unlawful citizens who currently hold an existing BVE (050) or a BVD (041) visa, and are:

  • Planning to leave Australia
  • Applying for a substantive visa and waiting for visa approval from the Department of Immigration
  • Waiting a judicial review of a visa or citizenship decision
  • Have been denied immigration clearance or evaded immigration clearance.

Additionally, those who are in immigration detention and have applied for a protection visa may also qualify for a BVE.

Bridging Visa Type F (BVF) – Subclass (060)

The BVF (060) is applicable for those who have been reported by the Australian Federal or State/Territory police as a suspected victim of human trafficking.  

Bridging Visa Type R (BVR) – Subclass (070)

The BVR (070) is applicable for those placed in immigration detention with no feasible way of leaving Australia.
Even if you choose the right type of visa for your circumstances, not all applicants are guaranteed approval. To increase your chances of success, consider working with a migrant agent like Results Migration.
Before deciding to go ahead with the application process, keep in mind there are certain conditions that may restrict your eligibility for a bridging visa. It’s also important to note that the success of your application being approved may be reduced if you leave Australia while a decision is being reached. To be on the safe side, it’s advisable to stay in Australia during this time as you may be required to meet with the Department of Immigration.
This may all sound very complex, but once you know which bridging visa you’re eligible for, the rest of the application process should be smooth sailing.
For more information on Bridging Visas for Australia or any other visa query the good folk at Results Migration will be able to assist.

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