A Bridging visa E (BVE) is a temporary visa that allows you to stay in Australia while you finalise your immigration matter or make arrangements to leave Australia.
There are two types of BVEs:
- Bridging (General) visa (subclass 050) - generally if you are currently unlawful, the holder of a BVE 050 or the holder of a BVD 041.
- Bridging (Protection Visa Applicant) visa (subclass 051) - used in limited circumstances for eligible non-citizens (as specified by the Regulations) who are not prevented from making a bridging visa application under the Migration Act or Regulations.
Your BVE will have conditions that you must comply with. If you do not so comply, your BVE might be cancelled.
What this visa lets you do
You need a bridging visa to stay in Australia if your substantive visa ends and you are waiting for an immigration decision or if you are making arrangements to leave Australia. It does not allow you to re-enter Australia if you leave.
Why do I need a bridging visa?
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.
There is no application charge for a BVE.
This information tells you what you need to do to apply for a Bridging visa E (BVE).
Who could get this visa
You might be granted a BVE (subclass 050) if one of the following applies:
- You are an unlawful non-citizen, the holder of a BVE (subclass 050) or the holder of a BVD (subclass 041) and;
- you are making arrangements to depart Australia
- you are applying for a substantive visa
- you are seeking merits or judicial review of a visa decision or citizenship decision
- you are seeking ministerial intervention.
You might be granted a BVE (subclass 051) if you meet all of the following:
- You were refused immigration clearance or bypassed immigration clearance and came to our notice within 45 days and;
- you are in immigration detention
- you have applied for a protection visa
- you meet other specific requirements relating to age, health or nomination, or you meet the requirements for a further BVE (subclass 051).
How to apply
In some cases, if you lodged a valid application for a substantive visa in Australia, you will also have applied for a BVE. We will tell you if this happens. In this case, you do not need to lodge a separate application.
Lodge your application
If you need to apply for a BVE (subclass 050), or if you hold a
Bridging visa D (BVD) (subclass 041), complete the following form:
If you are replacing an expired bridging visa, or changing bridging visa conditions, or need to apply for a BVE (subclass 051), complete:
In most cases, you can include your family members on the same application form. They must also meet the eligibility requirements. The application must include documentary evidence of their relationship to you.
You and anyone included in your application must be in Australia when the application is lodged and the visa is decided.
Lodging a Bridging visa E application form with all necessary documents will be through the email address relevant to your location. You can also submit your application in person or post to one of our Visa and Citizenship Offices around Australia.
You should choose an office that is closest to you as you could be required to attend an interview as part of the application process.
For detainees in Villawood Immigration Detention Centre, BVE applications are to be lodged to
Please refer to
preparing your application, for information on:
- certifying and translating documents into English
- communicating with us
- using a migration agent
- authorising another person to receive information from us
- receiving assistance with your application.
Provide more information
You can provide more information to us, at any time until a decision is made on the application. If you want to correct information you provided, use:
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 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. If you are asked to attend an interview in person, bring your passport or other identification and any requested documents to the interview.
Report changes in your circumstances
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.
Please report changes in your circumstances via ImmiAccount. If you are not able to use ImmiAccount, you can use the following forms:
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 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.
All applicants 18 years of age or older, wishing to withdraw, must sign the request for withdrawal.
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 a review (if applicable).
This information is for people who have already been granted a Bridging visa E (BVE). It explains your rights and obligations.
You can use the free
Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) to check your visa status and entitlements.
How long your visa lasts
A BVE is a temporary visa. It allows you to stay in Australia until a specified date, or for a particular time period, or until a specified event happens.
Your BVE will end if:
- you leave Australia
- you are granted a substantive visa
- your BVE is cancelled.
What this visa lets you do
A BVE allows you to stay in Australia lawfully for a short time. It will end immediately if you leave Australia. If you leave Australia, you will not be able to return unless have another substantive visa.
Working in Australia while you hold a BVE
Your grant letter will tell you if you are allowed to work. If you work when you are not allowed to, we can cancel your BVE and detain you. You could also be removed from Australia.
If you are not allowed to work, there are only some circumstances where you might be able to apply for a new BVE that does allow you to work. For example, you might be in financial hardship if you cannot pay for the reasonable cost of your living expenses.
We will assess your circumstances to see if you meet the requirements. If you do not meet the requirements we will not grant you a new BVE that allows you to work. There are different requirements depending on whether you have applied for judicial review or ministerial intervention. There are also special rules for when protection visa applicants are allowed to work.
You must comply with all Australian laws and your visa conditions.
Report changes in circumstances
Tell us if your circumstances change after you have applied for this visa. This includes a new residential address, contact details, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth or death in your family.
You can use the following forms: