A Bridging Visa for When Your Visa is Ending

Five Australian Bridging Visas

The Department of Home Affairs notes that “Bridging visas let you stay in Australia lawfully while your immigration status is resolved. The type of bridging visa we might grant you depends on your circumstances.”

There are five types of Bridging visas — A, B, C, D, and E — so there are various important reasons why temporary Bridging visas may greatly help you.

First, all five Bridging visas allow you to lawfully remain in Australia. Thus, they let you to stay with your family or friends in this country and in some circumstances allow you to continue working at your current employment. Being able to stay in Australia while awaiting your visa decision also allows you to appear in person at any Administrative Appeals Tribunal hearing and to visit in person your migration agent or lawyer. Of course, it can be very cost saving to not have to travel overseas while waiting for your Australian visa circumstances to be resolved.

The following notes from the Department of Home Affairs briefly explain the five Bridging visas.

Bridging Visa A

“It allows you to stay in Australia after your current substantive visa ceases and while your substantive visa application is being processed…A BVA does not allow you to return to Australia if you leave.”

Source: Department of Home Affairs

BVA is free.

Read more about Bridging Visa A.

Bridging Visa B

On this Bridging visa, you may leave the country and return.

“While bridging visas let you remain in Australia lawfully, only a Bridging visa B (BVB) will let you leave and re-enter Australia while you wait for a decision.

“You might be eligible for a BVB if:

Source: Department of Home Affairs.

BVB currently costs $ AU145.

Read more about Bridging Visa B.

And read more about traveling on Bridging Visa B.

Bridging Visa C

“It allows you to stay in Australia while your application for a substantive visa is being processed. A BVC can be granted if you lodge an application in Australia for a substantive visa but you do not already hold a substantive visa.”

Source: Department of Home Affairs.

BVC is free.

Read about the possibility of working while on a Bridging Visa C.

Read more about Bridging Visa C.

Bridging Visa D

“If your substantive visa has ended, it lets you stay in Australia lawfully for a short time until you are able to make a substantive visa application, make arrangements to leave Australia or are granted a Bridging visa E (BVE).”

Source: Department of Home Affairs.

BVD is free.

Read more about Bridging Visa D.

Bridging Visa E

“If your substantive visa has ended, it lets you stay in Australia lawfully while you make arrangements to leave, finalise your immigration matter or are waiting for an immigration decision.”

Source: Department of Home Affairs.

BVE is free.

Read more about Bridging Visa E.

 

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