What is Bridging Visa Australia
What is A Bridging Visa?
What is bridging visa Australia exactly and am i eligible for a bridging visa while i am in Australia?
The Purpose of Bridging Visa Australia
Bridging visa’s are meant to fill the time between a substantive visa which has expired and a new substantive visa being lodged.
A bridging visa is not a substantive visa but it does maintain the holder’s lawful status in the country.
A substantive visa is any visa which is not a bridging visa, a criminal justice visa or an enforcement visa.
Normally a bridging visa is granted to someone who has lodged an application for a substantive visa whilst in Australia and holding another substantive visa.
There is a number of bridging visa’s which all have different rights and purposes.
Some bridging visa’s allow the holder to work more hours than others whilst other visa’s don’t give the holder any right to work at all.
Some bridging visa’s allow the holder to leave and return to Australia.
However, the reason for travel has to be a compelling reason t such as wanting to take a holiday as the purpose of travel will be insufficient.
If the purpose of travel is to attend to a family event such as a wedding or a funeral, then the grounds to grant a bridging visa with these rights are mostly considered sufficient.
The details of the bridging visa’s are as followed:
Types of Bridging Visa Australia
What is Bridging Visa A (BVA, subclass 010)
The bridging visa A can be granted if the applicant lodges an application whilst in Australia for a new substantive visa while holding a current substantive visa.
The holder of the visa is allowed to lawfully remain onshore after the current substantive visa ends and the new substantive visa is in process.
Any visa would be a substantive visa unless it’s a bridging visa, a criminal justice visa or an enforcement visa.
The BVA is not a visa which can be used to enter or re-enter Australia.
What is Bridging Visa B (BVB, Subclass 020)
The bridging visa B allows the holder to leave and return to Australia whilst the application for the substantive is being processed.
The intended time of travel is specified as it will not be allowed to leave or return on a different date than the specifically permitted travel date allowance.
Unlike the other bridging visa’s the holder of the BVB is allowed to hold a substantive visa at the same time.
If the applicant of the BVB still holds a substantive visa that allows the holder to :
Leave and return to Australia,
and the applicant intends to return to Australia before the substantive visa ends, then
the decision to lodge the application for the BVB lies with the applicant.
What is Bridging Visa C (BVC, Subclass 030)
The bridging Visa C can be granted when the applicant does not hold a valid substantive visa but a substantive visa is lodged for this person.
The holder of the BVC is lawfully permitted to remain onshore as the substantive visa applied for is being processed.
The holder of the BVC is not permitted to return to Australia after leaving the country.
What is Bridging Visa D (BVD, Subclass 040 and 041)
The bridging visa D is used to let the holder lawfully remain in Australia for a short time until:
- The holder of the BVD is able to lodge an application for a substantive visa,
- has made arrangements to leave Australia, or
- is granted a Bridging visa E (BVE).
This BVD does not allow the holder to work or re-enter Australia after leaving.
The bridging visa D is divided into two types:
Bridging (Prospective Applicant) visa (subclass 040)
Bridging (Non-applicant) visa (subclass 041)
The BVD has conditions to comply with, if the conditions are not adhered to the visa may be cancelled.
What is Bridging Visa E (BVE, Subclass 050 and 051)
The bridging visa E is a visa that can be used lawfully to remain in Australia whilst:
- The holder makes arrangements to leave,
- is finalizing immigration matters or
- when the holder is waiting for a decision to be made by the immigration.
The holder of this visa is not allowed to re-enter Australia after leaving.
The bridging visa E is divided into two types:
Bridging (General) visa (subclass 050) – generally if you are currently unlawful, the holder of a BVE 050 or the holder of a BVD 041.
Bridging (Protection Visa Applicant) visa (subclass 051) – used in limited circumstances for eligible non-citizens (as specified by the Regulations) who are not prevented from making a bridging visa application under the Migration Act or Regulations.
The BVE has conditions to comply with, if the conditions are not adhered to, the visa may be cancelled.
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