Bridging Visas A - E

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.


When does a start and end?

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:

  • • you are granted the substantive visa you applied for
  • • you are granted another Bridging visa (such as a BVB) in relation to the same substantive visa application that this BV is associated with
  • • the Department cancel either your BV or the substantive visa that you held when you were granted the BV




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    Types of Bridging Visas

    Bridging Visa A

    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.

  • You can apply separately for a BVA after you have applied for a substantive visa in Australia if:
  • • you were granted a BVA or a Bridging visa B (BVB) but this has ended and you meet the requirements for another BVA
  • • your current BVA or BVB either does not allow you to work in Australia, or there are work restrictions, but you believe you have a compelling need to work. We might ask you to provide evidence that you are in financial hardship
  • • you apply for judicial review after a merits review tribunal upholds our decision to refuse your substantive visa application, as you will need a separate bridging visa to maintain your lawful status during the judicial review proceedings.

  • 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.


    Bridging Visa B

    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.

  • You can apply for a BVB if you meet all of the following:
  • • you are in Australia
  • • you already hold a Bridging visa A (BVA) or a BVB
  • • you have applied in Australia for a substantive visa that can be granted to you while you are in Australia
  • • you have substantial reasons for wanting to leave and return to Australia while your substantive visa application is being processed.
  • Bridging Visa C

  • You might have automatically applied for a BVC if you applied for certain substantive visas and:
  • • you are in Australia
  • • the substantive visa can be granted to you while you are in Australia
  • • when you lodged that application, you did not hold a substantive visa

  • 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.

    Bridging Visa E

  • You might be granted a BVE (subclass 050) if one of the following applies:
  • • you are an unlawful non-citizen, the holder of a BVE (subclass 050) or the holder of a BVD (subclass 041) and;
  • • you are making arrangements to depart Australia
  • • you are applying for a substantive visa
  • • you are seeking merits or judicial review of a visa decision or citizenship decision
  • • you are seeking ministerial intervention.
  • You might be granted a BVE (subclass 051) if you meet all of the following:
  • • you were refused immigration clearance or bypassed immigration clearance and came to our notice within 45 days and;
  • • you are in immigration detention
  • • you have applied for a protection visa
  • • you meet other specific requirements relating to age, health or nomination, or you meet the requirements for a further BVE (subclass 051).

  • 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.


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