The number of bridging visa holders in Australia has hit a historic high this year. As at March 2018, there were 194,475 persons with bridging visas in Australia.
This article will set out different Bridging visas that may be granted depending on the individual’s circumstances.
A Bridging visa A (BVA) is typically granted to an individual who makes an application for a substantive visa in Australia, while holding a substantive visa. As an example: A Working Holiday visa (WHV) holder who applies for a Subclass 482 (TSS) visa application prior to the expiry of the WHV, will be granted a BVA, if they are in Australia at the time of lodgement of the subclass 482 application.
The BVA will only come into effect when their current visa expires and will allow the holder to remain in Australia until the application for their substantive visa is finalised.
It is therefore extremely important to carry out a visa verification check to ascertain the relevant visa conditions for a BVA holder.
A Bridging visa B (BVB) allows a holder to leave Australia while their substantive visa application is being processed, provided they re-enter Australia within the specified travel period.
A Bridging visa C (BVC) allows the holder to remain in Australia while their substantive visa application is being processed. A BVC is typically granted if the holder lodges an application for a substantive visa in Australia but do not already hold a substantive visa. As an example, where a Bridging visa A holder lodges an application for a subclass 482 visa while in Australia, they will be granted a Bridging visa C.
A BVC does not allow the holder to return to Australia if they leave.
A Bridging visa D (BVD) is granted, if the holders substantive visa has ended. The BVD will let the holder remain in Australia lawfully for a short time until they are able to make a substantive visa application, make arrangements to leave Australia or granted a BVE.
A BVD does not allow the holder to return to Australia if they leave.
A Bridging visa E (BVE) allows someone to lawfully remain in Australia, if their substantive visa has ended, and they are either:
There are two types of BVE:
A BVE does not allow the holder to return to Australia if they leave.
We recommend carrying out a visa verification check at least once a month for bridging visa holders, as their status can change quite quickly if they receive an outcome on their pending visa application.
Updated: July 28, 2018