What is a bridging visa?
A Bridging visa is a temporary visa which allows you to stay in Australia subject to specified conditions.
There are a number of different subclasses of Bridging visa which is designed for particular circumstances. For example, the Bridging visa A (BVA) allows you to stay in Australia once your current substantive visa ceases and while an application for another visa is processed. You cannot re-enter Australia as the holder of a BVA if you depart.
Another example of a Bridging visa is the Bridging visa B (BVB). This allows you to leave and return to Australia while your application for a substantive visa is processed. If you return to Australia within the specified travel period, a BVB permits you to stay in Australia while your substantive visa application is processed.
A further subclass of Bridging visa is the Bridging visa E (BVE). The BVE may be granted where your substantive visa has ended. The BE permits you to stay in Australia lawfully while you make arrangements to leave, or finalise your immigration matter, or while you are waiting for an immigration decision. If you depart Australia as the holder of a BVE, it does not permit you to re-enter Australia and you will need another temporary or permanent visa to do so. The BVE (subclass 051) is the most common visa issued if you are in immigration detention and if you meet the eligibility requirements.
There is also the Bridging visa C (BVC), and the Bridging visa D (BVD), which respectively allow you to stay in Australia temporarily while your application for a substantive visa is being processed, or to allow you to stay in Australia temporarily where your substantive visa has ended and you will make a substantive visa application, or will make arrangements to leave Australia.
Essential eligibility criteria
The eligibility requirements for each subclass of Bridging visa are specified in the Immigration Regulations. Chisholm Law can advise you what these are and how to go about maximising your chances of having such a visa granted.
Contact us at Chisholm Law for more information and assistance if you think you need a Bridging visa.
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