A bridging Visa (BV) is a temporary visa, which provides the holder with permission to remain in Australia for a:
- specified period or until
- a specified event occurs e.g. waiting for a visa application to be processed, or to make you
- ‘lawful’ while you make arrangements to depart from Australia.
A bridging visa is not a “substantive visa” – which is the collective name for any Australian visa which is not a (a) bridging visa or (b) criminal justice visa or (c) enforcement visa.
Why should I avoid becoming ‘unlawful’
If you are in Australia without a visa, you are an unlawful non-citizen.
This can cause very significant problems for you and your family, such as:
- you all 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 enforced removal.
If you would like to know more about various bridging visas and what might be applicable to you, please contact one of our senior (registered) migration agents.
Bridging visa overview
Broadly speaking there are seven different classes of bridging visa – of which only 5 are of more general use (BV-A; BV-B through BV-E ), as the sixth (BV -F) – is for suspected victims of human trafficking and their families; and the seventh: BV-R – is specifically for people in immigration detention who will be cooperating with efforts to remove them from Australia, where that removal is not reasonably practicable at the present time.
The order of BV classes from ‘most beneficial’ to the holder to ‘least beneficial’ is:
- BV-B; (2) BV-A; (3) BV-C; (4) BV-D; (5) BV-R; (6) BV-E and (7) BV-F.