A to Z of Bridging Visa B Australia: Updated – November 2022
Bridging Visa B Australia is one of the 5 types of Australian Bridging Visas. Like other Bridging Visas, Bridging Visa B Australia has its function.
ONE derland Consulting has summarised the A to Z of Bridging Visa B Australia you must know.
What is the function of Bridging Visa B?
Bridging Visa B Australia allows you to travel overseas while your substantive visa application is still in process. So, if you still hold a Bridging Visa A but must travel overseas, Bridging Visa B Australia is your best answer.
Read more: Different Type of Australian Bridging Visa
Eligibility Criteria for Bridging Visa B
The criteria for applying for a Bridging Visa B are as follows:
- Have held a substantive visa
- Must already hold a Bridging Visa A or Bridging Visa B
- Must have made a valid application for a substantive visa and either:
- The application has not been finalised
- The application was refused, and you have made an application for judicial review
- Must have a valid application for a review at AAT or Judicial review in the prescribed timeframe
- Have substantial reasons for leaving Australia
What Happens if You Travel Overseas without Bridging Visa B?
If you travel overseas with your Bridging Visa A, you will have difficulties returning to Australia because your Bridging Visa A will automatically become inactive once you leave Australia.
- Lodgment through ImmiAccount
If you lodged your substantive visa application through ImmiAccount, you could submit a Bridging visa B Australia application through ImmiAccount.
You can submit it in the Bridging Visa section, which you can find on your application’s menu
- Lodgment through Webform
Starting from October 2022, you can lodge your Bridging Visa B application through a webform. It is applicable if you lodge your substantive visa application through a paper form or if you have applied for a merit review for the decision on your visa application.
How Much Does It Cost?
The Bridging Visa B application cost as of November 2022 is AUD 165.
The cost for the application might change every financial year.
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Processing Time and Validity Duration
There is no exact processing time for the Bridging Visa B Application. It usually depends on the application backlog and the information that you provide with your application. So, provide all required documents for your Bridging Visa B application.
The validity duration of Bridging Visa B Australia also depends on the decision from the Department of Home Affairs. In some cases, Bridging Visa B Australia may be valid for 1 year with multiple entries.
What Happens After You Are Granted the Visa?
Your Bridging Visa B will automatically become active after the grant of the visa.
But don’t worry because your Bridging Visa A will remain active as well. So you can continue your study or your work as you will not lose these rights on your Bridging Visa A.
What If The Validity Period Ends Before You Return to Australia?
If your Bridging Visa B expires before you return to Australia, the situation will be complex. You would need to apply for a new substantive visa offshore because you cannot extend your Bridging Visa B offshore.
If your new offshore substantive visa application is granted and you are allowed to enter Australia, you would need to contact the Department of Home Affairs and request to reinstate your Bridging Visa A.
However, it is strongly suggested to return to Australia before your Bridging Visa B expires as it will affect your on-going and future visa application.
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