Bridging Visa Types
A Bridging visa is a temporary visa. It allows you to stay in Australia after your current visa ceases and while your new visa application is being processed.
Bridging visas are only granted and valid while you are in Australia. Once you decide to travel overseas Australia they will cease as soon you leave the country (the only exception to this rule is the Bridging Visa B (BVB)).
Bridging Visa A (BVA) - Subclass 010
This is the most common bridging visa. It is granted automatically when you make a valid application onshore for a substantive visa while still holding a valid previous substantive visa.
Important things to note about a BVA:
Visa activation: Your BVA will be in effect only once your previous substantive visa expires.
Work rights: BVA carries over working rights from your previous visa. So, if your previous visa was a student visa with 20 hours limitation per week, so will your BVA.
Travel rights: You do not have any travel rights on this visa so if you were to leave Australia, you would not be able to get back in. However, you are eligible to apply for a BVB while holding the BVA to gain travel rights.
Validity: Your BVA will cease:
- When your new substantive visa is granted
- When new bridging visa is granted (e.g. BVB) in relation to the same substantive visa application
- If your currently held substantive visa is cancelled so is your BVA at the same time once you leave Australia
- 28 days after your valid visa application has been withdrawn and there is no other substantive visa you currently hold.
- 28 days after your you have been notified that your substantive visa application is invalid
- 28 days after refusal of your substantive visa application
- 28 days after a decision of Administrative Appeals Tribunal (formerly Migration Review Tribunal) in case when you decide to appeal to case officer’s decision
Bridging Visa B (BVB) - Subclass 020
A BVB is the only temporary visa that allows you to leave Australia during a specified period, while your application for a new substantive visa is being processed. So, if you would like to travel out of Australia and avoid your BVA being cancelled while waiting for you substantive visa application to be processed, you will need to apply for a BVB.
Important things to note about a BVB:
Work rights. Like the ones in BVA.
Travel rights. You can travel and return to Australia.
Validity. It is up to the Department to specify the appropriate length of time for which to grant a travel facility period.
Bridging Visa C (BVC) - Subclass 030
This visa highlights some problems in your visa situation; thus, it would be better for you to avoid.
A common case to be granted this visa is if you have overstayed your visa, become an unlawful non-citizen, and lodge a valid application for a substantive visa.
Important things to note about a BVC:
Work rights. Conditions very similar to BVA.
Travel rights. You are not allowed to travel.
Validity. Bridging visa C expires when:
- you have been granted a substantive visa
- you leave Australia on BVC
- another bridging visa has been granted with relation to the same substantive visa application
- your BVC has been cancelled
- 28 days after you withdraw your substantive visa application
- 28 days after you have been notified that your substantive visa application is invalid
- 28 days after you have been notified that your substantive visa application has been refused
- 28 days after a decision of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (formerly Migration Review Tribunal) in case when you decide to appeal to case officer’s decision
Bridging Visa D (BVD) – Subclass 040
BVD is a short-term bridging visa (valid for 5 days) granted to people with no valid substantive visa (or someone whose substantive visa is about to expire in 3 working days).
If your substantive visa has expired, a BVD will let 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.
Important things to note about a BVD:
Work rights. This visa does not offer work rights under any circumstances and if you do work, your BVD may be cancelled.
Travel rights. There are no travel rights
Validity. BVD typically expires when:
- you have been granted a substantive visa; or
- you have been granted another bridging visa (BVD or BVE); or
- 5 business days after grant
Bridging Visa E (BVE) – Subclass 050
If your substantive visa expired and you haven’t been able to leave Australia for any reason, this type of visa allows you to remain in the country lawfully while you make arrangements to leave, finalise your immigration matter or are waiting for an immigration decision.
Important things to note about a BVE:
Work rights. Yes, but only if applicant can prove that they are in compelling need to work due to ‘financial hardship’.
Travel rights. There are no travel rights.
Validity. This visa ends once you leave Australia so you cannot return unless you are granted another substantive visa.
I have a bridging visa during covid-19
If you are in a difficult financial situation and your Bridging visa does not let you work, or has restrictions on working, you can apply for a Bridging visa A that lets you work. However, you will need to show that you are in a difficult financial situation.
If you do not meet the requirements for work, and you are still eligible for a Bridging visa, the Department of Immigration will grant you a new Bridging visa with the same conditions that were on your previous Bridging visa.
You will not be granted a new Bridging visa that lets you work if:
- your current Bridging visa A was granted to you because you have applied for judicial review of the decision made on your original visa application, or
- you have applied for a protection visa.
Expiring Bridging visas
If you want to stay in Australia beyond your visa expiry date, you must apply for another visa.
VisAustralia still open and working at full throttle
VisAustralia, like the Department of Home Affairs, is continuing to work at full throttle.
We are also keen to assist people facing visa issues in Australia because of the travel ban. If your visa is expiring, or you have other questions about the impact of the ban on your visa process, please do not hesitate to contact VisAustralia at email@example.com