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Information on how to apply for student visas, studying in Australia and bringing family with you.
Information on how to apply for Australian citizenship as well as information for Australian citizens.
What you need to know as an Australian permanent resident or citizen.
Information on how to apply for work visas, licensing and registration requirements.
Use the Visa Finder if you are unsure of which visa is right for you.
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Reforms to modernise Australia’s visa processing system.
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Information about who we are, our history, our ministers, fact sheets and forms.
Immigration detention is an important part of strong border control and supports Australia’s migration system.
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Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) is a military-led, border security operation supported and assisted by a wide range of federal government agencies.
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Contains Annual reports, budget and information, reviews and inquiries relating to research and statistics.
What you need to know about working with us including employment opportunities and information about the Department’s Enterprise agreement.
This visa allows you to stay in Australia until your application for a new substantive visa is decided.
Global processing times are unavailable for this visa.
We will tell you if this happens.
Further criteria must be satisfied for the BVA to be granted.
A Bridging visa A (BVA) is a temporary visa. It can be granted if you lodge an application in Australia for a new substantive visa while you still hold a current substantive visa.
It allows you to remain lawfully in Australia after your current substantive visa ends and while your new substantive visa application is being processed. A substantive visa is any visa which is not a bridging visa or a criminal justice visa or an enforcement visa.
A BVA allows you to remain lawfully in Australia until a decision is made on your substantive visa application.
If you still hold a current substantive visa when your BVA is granted, you must continue to comply with any conditions that are on that substantive visa. When your substantive visa ends, the conditions of your BVA will apply.
A BVA does not let you return to Australia if you leave.
Working in Australia while you hold a BVA
Travelling outside Australia while you hold a BVA
There is no charge for a BVA application.
You and anyone included in your application must be in Australia when the BVA application is both lodged and granted.
Usually a BVA comes into effect as soon as it is granted or when your current substantive visa ends.
If your BVA was granted on or after 19 November 2016
If your BVA was granted before 19 November 2016
If you and your family have applied together for a substantive visa in Australia, you might have also applied together for a BVA. However, each member of the family will have to meet the requirements for a BVA in their own right.
For detailed information regarding who you can include in your application see
including family members in your application..
You must comply with all Australian laws and visa conditions.
You will have automatically applied for a BVA if you applied in Australia for a certain type of visa when you were still the holder of a substantive visa. In this case, you do not need to lodge a separate application for a Bridging visa. This includes most visas that can be granted while you are in Australia except for medical treatment visas, visitor visas, resident return visas, bridging visas, enforcement visas and criminal justice visas.
If you need to apply for a BVA separately, there are two options available to you, depending on how you applied for your associated substantive visa. These are outlined below.
You can apply online using
ImmiAccount if you have applied for your substantive visa through ImmiAccount and a decision has not yet been made on that application.
Note: You cannot apply online if you have made an application for merits or judicial review.
Emailed and faxed applications will not be accepted unless you have been specifically permitted to do so by your case officer.
Send the application form with all necessary documents to the
Australian office that is processing your associated substantive visa application.
There is more
information to help you prepare your application, such as certifying and translating documents into English, communicating with us, using a registered migration agent, authorising another person to receive information from us, and receiving assistance with your application.
You will receive written advice when a decision is made on your BVA application.
If you are granted a BVA you will also receive advice about any conditions that might be on it.
Note: Contact us if you do not receive a letter advising of the BVA decision within seven working days of the date that you lodged your online application for a substantive visa as there might be a technical error.
You will not have a visa label placed in your passport.
Send the form with all necessary documents to the relevant visa and citizenship
office in Australia that is processing your associated substantive visa application.
We could also ask you for more information. You will have to respond by a set date. After that date, we can make a decision about your application using the information that we have. If you applied online, you can provide additional information, including Form 1023, using
If another person gives us information that could result in you being refused a visa, we will usually give you the opportunity to comment on the information.
You might also be interviewed by us. If you are asked to attend an interview in person, bring your passport or other identification and any requested documents to the interview.
You must tell us if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.
More information is available in the Tell us of changes tab.
You must tell us if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth or death in your family.
Send the form(s) with all necessary documents to the relevant visa and citizenship
office in Australia that is processing your associated substantive visa application.
If you applied online, you might be able to update your details using
You can withdraw the application at any time before we make a decision about it. To do this, send us a letter or email to ask for the withdrawal. Your request must include your full name and date of birth. You should also include your file reference number, client ID, or a Transaction Reference Number.
Everyone included in the application who is 18 years of age or older must sign the letter of withdrawal or send a separate email.