Bridging visa D – BVD (subclass 040-041)

Features

This visa lets you stay in Australia 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 (BVE).​​

Eligibility

Length of stay

Cost

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Eligibility

Who could get this visa

    You can only be granted a BVD (subclass 040) if all of the following apply to you:
  • you are in Australia
  • you do not hold a visa or you hold a visa that will end in the next three working days after the day you applied for the BVD
  • you tried but were unable to apply for a substantive visa – for example, you did not pay the correct charge or you filled out the wrong visa application form – but you will be able to do so within the next five working days (you might then be eligible for a Bridging visa C (BVC).
    You can only be granted a BVD (subclass 041) if all of the following apply to you:
  • you are in Australia
  • you do not hold a visa
  • you are either unable or do not want to apply for a substantive visa
  • an authorised officer is not available to interview you.

The visa

About this visa

A Bridging visa D (BVD) is a temporary visa that allows you to stay in Australia for a short period until you are able to make a substantive visa application or make arrangements to leave Australia.

    There are two types of BVDs:
  • Bridging (Prospective Applicant) visa (subclass 040)
  • Bridging (Non-applicant) visa (subclass 041).

In some cases, when you make an invalid application for a substantive visa in Australia, you will also have applied for a BVD. We will tell you if this happens. In this case, you do not need to lodge a separate application.

What you can do

This visa allows you to stay in Australia lawfully for a short time. It does not allow you to work or re-enter Australia if you leave.

If you work, your BVD might be cancelled.

Why you need a bridging visa

You need a bridging visa to stay in Australia if your substantive visa ends before you are granted another visa or you are making arrangements to leave Australia.

    If you are in Australia without a visa, you are an unlawful non-citizen. This can cause problems for you, such as:
  • you risk being detained and removed from Australia
  • you might not be granted another visa for three years after you leave Australia
  • you might have a debt to the Australian Government for the cost of your removal.

Cost

There is no application charge for a BVD.

Location

You and anyone included in your application must be in Australia when the application is lodged and the visa is decided.

How long your visa lasts

    A BVD will end:
  • five working days after it was granted, or
  • five working days after the date your substantive visa ended, or
  • if you are granted a BVE within those five days.
    In this time you must either:
  • lodge a valid application for a substantive visa
  • make arrangements to leave Australia.

Your obligations

You must comply with all Australian laws and your visa conditions.

Your BVD will have conditions that you must comply with, or your BVD might be cancelled.

Follow these steps

  1. Before you apply

    Check if you already hold a BVD

    In some cases, when you make an invalid application for a substantive visa in Australia, you will also have applied for a BVD. We will tell you if this happens. In this case, you do not need to lodge a separate application.

  2. Apply

    Apply for the visa

      If you need to apply for a BVD, complete the following form:
    • Form 1007 - Application for a bridging visa D (150KB PDF).

    Each family member will need to complete an application form and meet the eligibility requirements.

    Lodge the application form with all necessary documents at one of the Australian offices. You can choose the processing centre that is most convenient to you.

    You must be in Australia when the application is lodged and when the visa is granted.

    More information

    • Police checks for everyone included in the visa application who is 16 years of age or older:
      • an Australian National Police Check for anyone who has spent a cumulative total of 12 months or more in Australia since turning 16 years of age
      • police certificates from each country in which anyone in your application has spent a cumulative total of 12 months or more in the past 10 years since turning 16 years of age.

    Provide the original certificates and keep a copy for yourself.

  3. After you apply

    Visa decision

    We will tell you when we make a decision about your visa application.

    If the visa is granted, you will receive a letter or email with the visa grant number and any visa conditions. 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 telling you:
    • why the visa was refused
    • your review rights (if any)
    • the time limit for lodging an appeal.

    You will not have a visa label placed in your passport.

    Provide more information

    You must have adequate health insurance unless you are covered by Medicare. You should ensure that your insurance will provide at least the level of coverage required for the purpose of your stay. Your health insurer could be in either Australia or your home country.

    Attachment A in the health insurance standard template letter (138 kB RTF) is a guide to the level of health insurance we will accept as adequate.

    Tell us of changes

    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.

Tell us of changes

Changes to your circumstances

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:
  • Form 929 - Change of address and/or passport details (86KB PDF) — if you move to a new address or change your passport
  • Form 1022 - Notification of changes in circumstances (77KB PDF) — if there are other changes in your circumstances.

If you do not provide us with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and may be denied permission to board your plane.

Withdrawing your visa application

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.