11 FAQs about Bridging Visa B’s
1. What is a Bridging Visa B?
The Bridging Visa B (Subclass 020) allows you to leave and return to Australia while your application for a new substantive visa is being processed by the immigration department. If you return to Australia within the travel period specified on your visa, you are then able to remain lawfully in Australia while your new substantive visa application is being processed.
The Bridging Visa B is often referred to as ‘BVB‘.
2. How do I know if I am eligible for a Bridging Visa B?
You might be able to get this visa if:
- you are in Australia;
- you already hold a Bridging Visa A or Bridging Visa B; and
- you have applied for a new substantive visa that can be granted to you while you are in Australia.
3. What is a substantive visa?
A substantive visa is any visa which is not any of the following:
- bridging visa
- criminal justice visa
- enforcement visa
4. Is the BVB a temporary or permanent visa?
5. Can I only hold one visa at a time?
No. You can hold a substantive visa and a BVB at the same time.
6. In what circumstances should you apply for a BVB?
If you still hold a substantive visa that allows you to travel and you believe you can return to Australia before your substantive visa ends, it is your decision whether or not you want to apply for and be granted a BVB before you travel.
7. Once my BVB has been granted, can I change the specified travel period?
No. The travel period cannot be changed or extended.
8. Which visa conditions apply if I hold both a substantive visa and a BVB?
If you hold a substantive visa when your BVB is granted, you must comply with any conditions that are on that substantive visa. The conditions of the BVB will apply once your substantive visa ends.
9. How much is the Visa Application Charge (“VAC”)?
As at 10 February 2015, the base visa application charge is A$140.
10. What is the importance of a Bridging Visa generally?
If your substantive visa ends before you are granted another substantive visa you need a bridging visa to stay in Australia.
If you decide to stay in Australia without a visa, you may become an “unlawful citizen” for that period of time.
11. What sort of problems does being an “unlawful citizen” cause?
- If you are granted a permanent visa and later apply for Australian citizenship, you might not be eligible to become an Australian citizen as soon as you would like to because you were an unlawful non-citizen for a period of time
- If your substantive visa application is refused, and you leave the country, and then later apply for another visa outside Australia you might not be able to be granted another visa for 3 years after you leave Australia.
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