SUBCLASS 020

Bridging visa B (BVB)

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This visa allows you to travel while your visa application is being processed.

This visa lets you leave and return to Australia during a specified travel period while your application for a substantive visa is being processed.

This visa grants you the following privileges:

  1. You can stay lawfully in Australia until your substantive visa application is finalised, or, if granted in association with judicial proceedings, until those proceedings are complete. 
  2. You can leave and return to Australia within the defined travel period while your substantive visa application is being processed.

You and anyone included in your BVB application must be in Australia to make a valid application and to be granted the bridging visa.

Eligibility Criteria

This visa includes the following criteria:

  1. You must have held a Substantive visa.
  2. You must already hold a BVA or a BVB.
  3. You must have made a valid application for a substantive visa that has not been finally determined or you have made an application for judicial review of a decision relating to your substantive visa application, within the prescribed time frame, and the judicial review proceedings have not been completed.
  4. You must apply within the prescribed time frame.
  5. You must provide a reason and attach any supporting documents to explain why you need to depart and return to Australia while your substantive visa is being considered or while you are waiting for the outcome of a judicial review.
  6. You will need to meet the character requirement.

Inclusion of Other Family Members

If applying together for a substantive visa in Australia, family members can be included in the BVB application, streamlining the process and reducing costs. Each family member must individually meet the BVB requirements.

  1. Only include family members with substantial reasons for international travel.
  2. Those not needing to travel can remain in Australia on their current bridging visas.

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