Bridging Visas

Bridging visas allow you to remain in Australia lawfully while waiting for your new visa application decision, to be finalise your immigration matter or wait for an immigration/ review decision or to making arrangements to leave Australia. There is 7 type of bridging visas (Bridging A to Bridging R) are available to accommodate various requirements and consequences.

Some bridging visas could be granted automatic and an application for a bridging visa might be necessary if:
• you are seeking a further Bridging Visa without work restrictions
• you have applied for judicial review

Bridging visa A – BVA - (subclass 010)

This visa granted when you applied for a new substantive visa while you are on a substantive visa in Australia. This visa allows you to stay in Australia lawfully when your current substantive visa ceases and you waiting for your new substantive visa application is being processed or you have made an application for review of a decision relating to your substantive visa application, within the prescribed timeframe which is yet to be completed.

This visa generally granted automatically after successfully lodging a valid substantive visa application.

Work rights:
Generally, Bridging visa A carry the same work rights of your current visas. Onshore employer sponsored and partner visa applicants Bridging A visa will be granted with work rights.

If you have granted a Bridging visa A without work rights, you can apply for another BVA with work rights. You should demonstrate that you are going through financial hardship.

Before applying for BVA with work rights, you must consider carefully about the eligibility of the substantive visa you applied for.

Travel rights:
Bridging visa A do not have travel rights. It will end immediately if you leave Australia. You will not be able to return unless you have another substantive visa.

While you are on a Bridging visa A and need to travel overseas, you must have granted Bridging visa B to be able to return to Australia.

Bridging visa B – BVB – (subclass 020)

This visa allows you to leave and return to Australia for a specified travel period while waiting for your substantive visa application is finally determined, or where granted in association with the judicial review until those proceedings are completed.

This visa needs to be applied with the necessary documentation to be granted.

Travel rights:
Generally, this visa allows to travel and return to Australia within 3 months for a single time.

Some country passport holders and visa subclass applicant could have up to 12 months of multiple travel rights.

Bridging visa C – BVC – (subclass 030)

This visa granted when you applied for a substantive visa while you do not hold a substantive visa in Australia.
This visa generally granted automatically after successfully lodging a valid substantive visa application.

Travel rights:
Bridging visa C do not have any travel rights also not eligible to apply for BVB. It will end immediately if you leave Australia. You will not be able to return unless you have another substantive visa.

Work rights:
Generally, Bridging visa C do not have work rights unless you applied for one of that eligible business, employer-sponsored or skilled visa subclass.

If you have granted a Bridging visa C without work rights, you can apply for another BVC with work rights. You should demonstrate that you are going through financial hardship

Bridging visa E – BVE – (Subclass 050 and 051)


Subclass 050:

This visa allows you to stay lawfully in Australia when your substantive visa has ended/cancelled and you making arrangements to leave Australia, finalise your immigration matter or wait for an immigration decision.

This visa needs to be applied to be granted.

Travel rights:
Bridging visa E do not have any travel rights also not eligible to apply for BVB. It will end immediately if you leave Australia. You will not be able to return unless you have another substantive visa.

Work rights:
Generally, Bridging visa E do not have work rights unless you applied for one of that eligible business, employer-sponsored or skilled visa subclass.

Subclass 051:

This visa lets you stay in Australia while your Protection visa application is being processed.

You must meet the followings:

• You must have been refused immigration clearance or bypassed immigration clearance but came to departments notice within 45 days.
• Applied for a protection visa
• Be in immigration detention

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