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This visa allows you to stay in Australia until your application for a new substantive visa is decided.
You might be able to get this visa if:
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 does not let you return to Australia if you leave.
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.
You need a bridging visa to stay in Australia if your substantive visa ends before you are granted another substantive visa. If you are in Australia without a visa, you become an unlawful non-citizen for that period of time. Being an unlawful non-citizen in Australia can cause problems for you, such as:
There is no charge for a BVA application.
This information tells you what you need to do to apply for a Bridging visa A (BVA).
You will have automatically applied for a BVA if you applied for certain substantive visas and:
We will tell you if this happens.
You can apply separately for a BVA after you have applied for a substantive visa in Australia if:
Further criteria must be satisfied for the BVA to be granted.
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.
If you apply separately for a BVA, you can include the following people in your visa application:
For detailed information regarding who you can include in your application see including family members in your application.
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.
Note: you and anyone included in your application must be in Australia when the BVA application is both lodged and granted. Emailed and faxed applications will not be accepted unless you have been specifically permitted to do so by your case officer.
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.
If online lodgement is not available, you can complete the following form:
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 can provide more information to us, in writing, at any time until a decision is made on the application. If you want to correct information you provided, use:
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 or death in your family.
You can use the following forms:
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, date of birth and the date of your application. If you know it, you should also include the number we gave you when you applied – this could be a 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.
If the visa is granted, we will send you a letter to tell you:
You will not have a visa label placed in your passport.
If the visa is not granted, we will send you a letter or email to tell you:
This information is for people who have already been granted BVA. It explains your rights and obligations.
You can use
Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.
Usually a BVA comes into effect as soon as it is granted or when your current substantive visa ends.
A BVA will end immediately if the following situations occur:
Your BVA will end:
Your BVA will end 28 days after the date that
one of the following happens:
A BVA allows you to stay in Australia until a decision is made on your substantive visa application.
If you still hold a substantive visa when your BVA is decided, you must comply with any conditions that are on that substantive visa. When your substantive visa ends, the conditions of your BVA will apply.
We will tell you if you can work when your BVA is granted.
If your BVA does not let you work in Australia, or has restrictions on working, you can apply for another BVA that lets you work. To be considered for a BVA that lets you work, you will usually have to demonstrate that you are in financial hardship.
We will assess your circumstances in relation to your claim that you need to work. If you do not meet the requirements for work, and you are still eligible for a BVA, we will grant you a new BVA with the same work prevention or restriction condition that was on your previous BVA.
You cannot be granted a new BVA that lets you work if:
A BVA lets you temporarily stay in Australia. It will usually end when you leave Australia. If you travel outside Australia, you need a visa to return. You can do one of the following:
If your substantive visa ends while you are outside Australia and you do not hold a BVB, you will need to apply for and be granted a substantive visa before you can return to Australia. There is no guarantee that you will be granted a visa.
You must comply with all Australian laws and visa conditions.
If you applied online, you should update your details using
ImmiAccount where possible.
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