A Bridging B visa is a temporary visa granted to Australian visa holders to allow them to legally remain in Australia while their new visa application is being considered. This type of bridging visa allows you to come and go as you please for short periods of time.
However, there are a number of criteria that must be met in order to apply for a bridging B visa.
What Is a Bridging Visa B?
Australia issues these bridging visas to people who are waiting for their actual visa application to be processed. The Bridging B visa is temporary and allows you to legally reside in Australia and travel outside the country until a new visa is issued.
When Should I Apply for a Bridging Visa B?
If you are applying for a judicial review of a previous visa, or if you have a bridging visa A and wish to travel while your visa application is pending, you must apply for a bridging visa B separately.
Typically, a bridging B visa is automatically issued when you apply for a substantive visa and takes effect when your visa expires. Normally, a substantive visa covers all Australian visas except the bridging visa.
Am I Eligible for a Bridging Visa B?
You may be eligible for a bridging B visa if.
- You have or have had a substantive visa in the past.
- You have or have had a bridging visa A or bridging visa B.
- You have applied for a new substantive visa.
- You have applied for a judicial review
- You are in Australia at the time of application.
Note: To qualify for a BVB, you must apply for a judicial review or Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) review within a specified period.
What Are the Requirements for an Australia Bridging Visa B?
When you apply for an Australian Bridging B visa, you must provide the following list of documents:
- Proof of Identity. You must provide proof of your identity, including a valid passport. Immigration authorities may also ask you to provide copies of your driver’s license, ID card, birth certificate, or other document proving a name change (if applicable).
- Certificate of Good Conduct. You must provide proof that you have not been involved in a serious crime, have not been convicted of a crime in the past, or are not under investigation.
- Parental Consent Form. If you are applying for this visa with a minor, you must provide Form 1229, Parental Consent, or a legal statement from the person who has custody of the child. You must provide a copy of the passport or driver’s license of the person signing the form.
- Proof of good cause for travel. To qualify for this visa, you must have a truly compelling reason why you need to travel outside of Australia. You can include a medical report (if you are visiting a sick relative) or proof of an important event (e.g. a wedding, graduation).
- Form 1006. if you are applying for a paper bridging B visa.
- Help Documents. If you need help with paperwork, you can submit the following documents.
- Form 956a
- Form 956.
- Identification and Biometric Data. After you apply for your visa, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship may ask you to submit your fingerprints.
How to Apply for a Bridging Visa B?
You can apply for a Bridging B visa online through ImmiAccount if you have applied for a substantive visa online but have not yet received a judicial determination. If you are seeking a judicial review, you must submit a paper application for a Bridging B visa.
The paper application for a bridging B visa must be sent to the address where the entity visa application is processed, together with the relevant documentation.
How Long Does It Take to Get a Bridging Visa B in Australia?
There is no published processing time for this visa, but it is important that you apply for a Bridging B visa as soon as possible to avoid the risk of unlawful entry.
How Much Does a Bridging Visa B Cost?
The application fee for a bridging B visa is AUD155. This is the basic application fee and additional fees may be required to obtain the visa.
How Long Does a Bridging Visa Last?
The Bridging B visa is temporary until a decision is made on your new substantive visa application.
Can I Stay Longer?
No. Overstaying on a Bridging B visa is not allowed, but the BVB will become invalid if any of the following apply.
- If the original visa application was approved.
- The new visa application is denied.
- The judicial review process has been completed.
- The visa application has been withdrawn, the application has been reviewed by the AAT, or
- The request for judicial review has been filed.
- The AAT has decided that it cannot change the Department of Immigration’s original decision.
- Your substantive visa will be revoked by the Department of Immigration along with your bridging B visa.
Can You Work on a Bridging Visa B?
If you are allowed to work under the terms of your Bridging B visa, you can work. Generally, you may work 40 hours per week, but there are other work restrictions on the bridging visa (see below).
Can You Study with a Bridging Visa B?
If you have a valid bridging B visa, you can study while you are in Australia. However, you should check the terms and conditions of your visa on VEV0 (Visa Entitlement Verification Online) to ensure there are no restrictions on the areas you can study.
Can You Travel on a Bridging Visa B?
You can travel on a bridging B visa if you have a valid reason to leave Australia. Your travel period ends on a specific date, and Immigration will tell you when that date is.
If you need to travel after your travel period ends, you will need to apply for a new Bridging B visa.
Can You Include Family Members on a Bridging Visa B Application?
You can include family members in your application for a bridging B visa if they are staying in Australia with you.
Can I Get Access to Medicare Under a Bridging Visa B?
If you are applying for permanent residence, your access to Medicare may be restricted with a Bridging B visa.
Bridging Visa B Cancellation
- Condition 8101: This condition states that you do not have permission to work on a BVB while in Australia. In some cases, you may undertake voluntary work related to your course of study or learn how people in the industry work without working yourself.
- Condition 8102.If this visa condition is attached to your BVB, you may only work in an area relevant to your studies.
- Condition 8103.You must not do work for which another Australian citizen or resident is paid, unless the Department of Immigration and Citizenship allows you to do so.
- Conditions of Work Restriction. Under the terms of this visa, you may only work 40 hours in a two-week period. If you are a student, you cannot begin work before you begin your studies.
- 8112 Conditions. You may not do the type of work that an Australian citizen or permanent resident could do.
- Condition 8547. you must not work for an employer for more than six months unless you have express permission.
- Yacht Crew Conditions. Under this condition, you can only work if you are part of the crew of a superyacht.
- Condition 8303. you are in breach of condition 8303 if you are involved in criminal activity in Australia or in activity that may cause harm to someone.
- Condition 8501. you are required to have valid medical insurance for the duration of your BVB stay.
- Condition 8539. The visa issuance letter specifies low population growth areas and you may only work, live or study in certain areas.