Bridging visas are granted to allow you to remain in Australia while you are waiting for an application to be processed, or to provide lawful status while you make arrangements to depart the country.
What are the different types of Bridging Visas available?
BRIDGING VISA A
If you are on a substantive Australian visa and you lodge another substantive visa application, you will be granted with a BVA which will provide you with lawful status while your application is being processed.
Important things to note about a BVA:
BRIDGING VISA B
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:
BRIDGING VISA C
If you are an unlawful non-citizen and you lodge a valid application for a substantive visa you will be granted a BVC. This applies if you have overstayed your visa and become unlawful, but have then lodged a valid application.
Important things to note about a BVC:
- Business Talent visa (subclass 132)
- Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188)
- Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa (subclass 888)
- Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186)
- Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187)
- Skilled – Independent visa (subclass 189)
- Skilled – Nominated visa (subclass 190)
- Skilled – Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489).
BRIDGING VISA D
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:
BRIDGING VISA E
If your substantive visa has ended, this visa allows you to stay in Australia 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:
What is a substantive visa?
A substantive visa is any visa which is not a bridging visa or a criminal justice visa or an enforcement visa.
Why should I avoid gaining unlawful status?
If you are in Australia without a visa, you are an unlawful non-citizen. This can cause problems for you, such as: