Bridging visas (BV) are simple way for the Department of Immigration to give people on a Student or Tourist visa in Australia applying for a substantial visa to remain in Australia lawfully until their substantial visa application outcome is decided.
There are various bridging visa types and each type has different features and conditions. Once a bridging is issued you can apply for a more favorable visa like a Bridging visa B as same visa conditions do not allow you to work or return to Australia if you leave such as Bridging visa A and E.
Bridging visas (BV) comes into effect as soon as it is granted or when your current substantive visa ends.
A BV will end immediately if the following situations occurs when:
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You will have automatically applied for a BVA if you applied for certain substantive visas and you are in Australia. Once you lodge the visa application in Australia, you must be in Australia to be granted this visa.
Further criteria must be satisfied for the BVA to be granted.
A Bridging visa A (BVA) is a temporary visa. It can be granted if you lodge an application in Australia for a new substantive visa while you still hold a current substantive visa.
It allows you to remain lawfully in Australia after your current substantive visa ends and while your new substantive visa application is being processed. A substantive visa is any visa which is not a bridging visa or a criminal justice visa or an enforcement visa.
A BVB allows you to leave and return to Australia during a specified period of time while your substantive visa application is being processed. When deciding the specified travel period, we consider your reasons for travel and when your substantive visa application is likely to be decided.
Once you have been granted a BVB, the specified travel period cannot be changed or extended.
We will let you know if this happens.
If your BVC does not let you work in Australia or has restrictions on working, you can apply for another BVC that lets you work. To be considered for a BVC that lets you work, you will usually have to demonstrate that you are in financial hardship.
We will assess your circumstances in relation to your claim that you need to work. If you do not meet the requirements for work, and you are still eligible for a BVC, we will grant you a new BVC with the same work prevention or restriction condition that was on your previous BVC.
If you are a Protection visa applicant and you apply for a BVC for judicial review of the decision to refuse your substantive visa application, you can only be granted a new BVC that allows you to work if the last BVC granted to you allowed you to work.
If you leave Australia and you do not hold another visa that allows you to return, you will have to apply for and be granted a substantive visa before you can return to Australia. There is no guarantee that you would be granted a visa.
In most cases, you can include your family members on the same application form. They must also meet the eligibility requirements. The application must include documentary evidence of their relationship to you.