What Things to Consider before Applying for a Bridging visa? Get legal advice

June 10, 2021    immigrationlawyersblog   
What Things to Consider before Applying for a Bridging visa? Get legal advice

Australian bridging visas are only transient visas that allow a person to stay in Australia for specific period. People generally apply for a bridging visa when their present major visa gets expired and they have to wait for the application procedure of another visa. In this article, we discuss those important facts you should consider while applying for a bridging visa.

What Are The Conditions Under Which Bridging Visas Can Be Allowed?

Following are the conditions when you can get a bridging visa.

  1. Your original visa (e.g. student visa) has expired and you have to now wait for the final decision on your next visa application.
  2. You have made applications against your visa refusal or cancellation to the AAT or Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
  3. You are waiting for a pending court appealon a visa decision.
  4. You have made request for an intervention by the Ministry.
  5. You have committed something illegal and now have to make arrangements to leave the country.

What Are The Types Of Bridging Visas That You Should Know?

In Australia, there are usually six types of bridging visas and each offers specific privileges. You should note that your migration before you get your bridging visa will have effects on the bridging visa type and the attached rights. An immigration visa lawyer can be helpful in smoothening your visa application process.

  1. Bridging Visa A subclass 010 (BVA)

Following are the general features of BVA.

  1. You will get BVA only when you apply for a major visa type while staying in Australia and currently hold a legitimate Australian visa.
  2. It will allow you to stay in the country after your first visa expires and you wait for the final decision on the next visa.
  3. Your next visa application may get refused while staying in Australia with BVA. In that case, you have to leave Australia in the next 28 days. But, if you appeal against the decision to the AAT, you will get an automatic extension on your BVA until the Tribunal makes the decision.
  4. Bridging Visa B subclass 020 (BVB)

Following are the general conditions of BVB.

  1. BVB will allow you to travel, not only within Australia but also outside the country. But, whenever you go abroad, you have to return to Australia within the specified timeframe on the visa grant notice.
  2. When your travel period ends and you have returned to Australia, your BVB will act like BVA, i.e. you will now be allowed to reside in Australia, do a job and study. Anyone holding a BVA or BVB is eligible to apply for another BVB.
  • Bridging Visa C subclass 030 (BVC)

For BVC, you have to remember the following points.

  1. You can apply for this kind of bridging visa when you hold up your application for a major visa because you have turned out to be unlawful. This visa will only be applicable when you do not hold any other substantive visa.
  2. As per the Migration Act 1958 and Migration Regulations 1994, your BVC will prevent you from returning back to Australia if you decide to leave Australia before any final decision on you visa application is made.
  3. If there is any condition attached to your Bridging Visa C that prohibits you from doing a job, you can make an application to remove this condition. However for that, you need to apply for another BVC with no such disallowance attached to it.
  4. Bridging (Prospective Applicant) Visas subclasses 040 and 041 (BVD)

Following are the conditions where you can get the Bridging (Prospective Applicant) Visas.

  1. You have turned out to be unlawful and when you try to lodge a major visa application, your application gets invalid. In that case, you can make an application for the bridging visa that will give you five days during which you can lodge a legal application.
  2. The mandatory qualification for Bridging (Prospective Applicant) Visa is to be an unlawful non-Australian or becoming unlawful within three working days of your application.
  • Bridging Visa E subclass 050 and 051 (BVE)

You can get BVE in the following situations.

  1. It will allow you to stay legally in Australia when you have been recognized as an unlawful individual. It will also give you time to get a voluntarily leave from Australia. It usually happens when a visa gets cancelled under section 116 of the Migration Act 1958.
  2. With this visa, you may have to report to the Department of Home Affairs occasionally.
  • Bridging Visa F subclass 060 (BVF)

If you are a person who can be very important for the Australian police in serious commonwealth offences like trafficking, deceptive recruiting, you will granted this Bridging Visa F.

Take Help From Lawyers

As most of the Bridging Visas are associated with legal complexities, it is better to seek critical help from immigration lawyer perth. Immigration Lawyers Perth can find you the best immigration solicitors in Perth.


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