Bridging visa A (010) is part of the category of non-permanent bridging visas that Australia issues to people who need temporary legal status in Australia. This visa is usually issued to individuals who have missed the deadline for applying for a new visa and are waiting for a new visa without valid approval.
A bridging A visa is issued for the same purpose, but not all visa applicants qualify for a BVA.
What is an Australian bridging visa A?
An Australian Bridging Visa A is a type of temporary visa that allows you to remain in Australia while your substantive visa expires and you await the outcome of your application for a new visa. A substantive visa is any Australian visa except a bridging visa and a criminal justice or prosecution visa.
Do I Automatically Get a Bridging Visa A?
In most cases, you will automatically be granted a Bridging A visa when you apply for another essential Australian visa. In the following cases, you will need to submit a separate application for a BVA 010.
- Your original visa application did not include the BVA option.
- You were granted a BVA or a bridging B visa, but that visa is no longer valid and you qualify for another bridging A visa.
- You wish to apply for a BVA without employment restriction.
- You have requested a judicial review.
Please note that if your substantive visa expires, the Bridging Visa A will automatically take effect.
Who Can Apply for an Australia Bridging Visa A?
You may be eligible to apply for a bridging visa if you have
- Have or previously had an Australian substantive visa
- Are a resident of Australia at the time of application.
Requirements for an Australia Bridging Visa A
To apply for an Australian Bridging Visa A, you will need the following:
- A copy of the bio page of your passport. If you have a passport, you will also need an identity card and proof of name change (if applicable).
- Proof of hardship; you must provide proof to support the need for a BVA application.
- Documentation of Moral Character. Any documentation that proves you will not engage in or initiate illegal activity.
- Application Assistance Documents. If you have someone helping you with your application, you must also submit these documents.
- Approved Payee Form 956a
- Migration Officer Form 956
How Do I Apply for a Bridging Visa A?
Applying for a bridging A visa is done the same way as applying for a substantive visa. If you apply for your visa online first
- Online application for the principal visa – Online application for the bridging visa A.
- Paper application for substantive visa – Paper application for bridging visa A.
However, if you are applying for a judicial review, you must apply to the BVA in paper form.
Australia Bridging Visa A Processing Times
The Department of Immigration does not specify how many days or weeks it takes to process a bridging visa application. However, if you submit a complete application, the processing time will be much faster.
What Is the Cost of a Bridging Visa A?
There is no cost to apply for a bridging A visa. There is no application fee and you do not have to pay any other additional fees.
How Long Does a Bridging Visa A 010 Last?
The bridging visa A is temporary and is valid until a decision is made on your new substantive visa application. In addition, the bridging visa A will immediately become invalid if one of the following events occurs
- Your new visa application is approved.
- You leave Australia while on a bridging visa A; or
- you are granted another bridging visa; or
- both your bridging A visa and the substantive visa you held are revoked.
Can I Stay Longer With a Bridging Visa 010?
It is not possible to stay for a longer period of time with a bridging A visa. If your BVA visa becomes invalid, you will need to apply for a new visa. Depending on the outcome of your substantive visa application, you may be able to stay in Australia on a bridging A visa for a limited number of days if
- Your new visa application has been refused.
- The final decision on the judicial review has been made.
- You have withdrawn your application for a substantive visa, judicial review or judicial review.
- The Review Committee has decided that it has no authority over the status of your application.
You must leave Australia as soon as the limited number of days has expired. If you do not, you are staying illegally with an invalid BVA. You can check the number of days you can stay on VEVO (Visa Entitlement Verification Online).
Can You Work on a Bridging Visa A?
Some types of bridging visa A allow you to work, but this depends on the conditions attached to your visa. If you are unsure, you can check your visa conditions with VEVO. However, if you are in financial hardship, you can apply for a new workable bridging A visa.
In the unlikely event that your application for a work-eligible BVA visa is denied, you will receive the same BVA as before and be subject to the same work restrictions. You will not be able to apply for a BVA without work restrictions if
- Your current BVA was granted as a result of a substantive visa review application.
- If you have applied for a protective visa.
Can I Study With an Australia Bridging Visa A?
You can study on a bridging visa A, but the terms of the BVA may restrict what you can study and where you can study. The terms of the BVA may also be affected by previous substantive visa restrictions.
Can I Travel With an Australia Bridging Visa A?
You cannot travel while your bridging A visa is valid; if you leave Australia on a BVA, your visa becomes invalid and you cannot re-enter Australia on a bridging A visa. However, if you wish to travel outside of Australia during the actual visa process, you must apply for a B Bridging Visa (BVB).
Can I Include Family Members in My Bridging Visa A (010) Application?
You can include family members in your visa application if they are in Australia at the time of your visa application.
Is Bridging Visa A Eligible for Centrelink?
If you have used Centrelink on a substantive visa, you can do so while you are in Australia on a bridging A visa. However, your conditions may change and your access to public services in Australia may be restricted.
Advantages of the Bridging Visa A
The bridging A visa may restrict your access to the following services
Cancellation of the bridging a Visa
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade may cancel your visa if you violate these Bridging Visa A and Labor Rights conditions:
- No Work Condition 8101. you cannot work in Australia under these conditions. If the Australian authorities allow you to work, you can do unpaid work related to your course of study or learn how to work in industry without working yourself.
- No paid work condition 8102. Under the terms of this visa, you may only work in an area related to your course of study that does not interfere with your course of study or training.
- No paid work condition 8103. you may not do paid work in Australia unless you have written permission from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
- Work Restriction Conditions. If you are allowed to work, you will probably be limited to 40 hours of work in two weeks. Also, if you are a student or a family member of a student, you cannot start work until your studies have begun. Depending on your visa, you may also not be allowed to work for certain employers or in certain industries.
- Work restriction condition 8112. You may not do work that can be done by an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
- Working Conditions 8547. you cannot work for an employer for more than six months without approval from the Commissioner.
- Yacht crew If you are a member of a superyacht crew, you are permitted to work in Australia.
- Condition 8303. you must not be involved in criminal activity of any kind or activity likely to harm anyone in Australian society.
- Condition 8501: You must ensure that your health insurance does not lapse, even if you are on a bridging visa A.
- Condition 8539. while you are in Australia, you may only work, live or study in certain low population growth areas. Your visa issuance letter will specify these locations.