A Bridging Visa C is a short-term visa that can be issued to applicants who do not currently have a valid visa, but are waiting for the Department of Immigration to process their application for a substantive visa.
In Australia, a substantive visa is defined as any type of visa except for bridging, criminal, and enforcement visas. While your application for a substantive visa is being reviewed, you will need a BVC to continue to reside legally in Australia.
Do I Automatically Get a Bridging Visa C?
The BVC is obtained at the same time as your substantive visa application and the BVC becomes “valid” when your substantive visa expires.
However, if you do not already have a visa, you must apply for the BVC separately. In addition, additional applications may be required in the following cases.
- If you are applying for a BVC that does not restrict your employment rights.
- You are applying for a judicial review.
Who Can Apply for an Australia Bridging Visa C?
You can apply for a bridging C visa if you meet the following criteria.
- You are in Australia at the time of application; and
- You do not hold a bridging visa E.
- You do not have a valid Australian visa.
The process for obtaining a bridging Visa C
This is the process for issuing a BVC when you apply for a new visa.
- You do not have a substantive visa in Australia.
- Apply for a substantive visa.
- Apply for a bridging visa C.
- Stay in Australia legally with a BVC.
Documents required for Australia Bridging Visa C
The documents required to apply for a Bridging Visa C are as follows.
- Proof of Identity. You must provide a copy of the bio page of your passport, driver’s license, ID card, and proof of name change (if you have changed your name).
- Proof of Hardship.
- A certificate proving that you meet the personality requirements.
- Supporting Documents. If you have a sponsor, you must file either Form 956 or 956a.
How Do I Apply for a Bridging Visa C?
You can apply for a Bridging Visa C online through ImmiAccount or by paper application, depending on how you apply for the substantive visa. However, if you are applying for a BVC for judicial review, you must submit a paper application form.
How long does it take to apply for an Australian bridging Visa C?
There is no set processing time for a Bridging Visa C application. If your application is incomplete, it will take longer to process.
What Is the Cost of a Bridging Visa C?
There is no application fee for a Bridging Visa C.
How Long Does a Bridging Visa C Last?
The Bridging Visa C is temporarily valid pending the outcome of the review of your substantive visa application. This means that if your visa application is denied or approved, your C visa will immediately cease to be valid.
In addition, if you request a judicial review and a final decision is made, your visa C will become invalid. Visa C will also become invalid if you withdraw your visa application or request a review on your own initiative.
Can I Stay Longer With a Bridging Visa C?
No. Once your visa C expires, you cannot stay longer. If you do not have a valid visa, you are staying in Australia unlawfully.
Bridging Visa C Working Rights
The Bridging Visa C does not allow you to work unless you have applied for one of the following substantive visas.
- Business Talent Visa (subclass 132).
- Business Innovation and Investment Temporary Visa (subclass 188).
- Business Innovation and Investment Permanent Visa (subclass 888).
- Employer Nomination Scheme Visa (subclass 186).
- Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa – subclass 187.
- Skilled Independent Visa – subclass 189.
- Skilled Nominee Visa – subclass 190.
- Skilled Regional Provisional Visa-Subclass 489.
If you can demonstrate that you are in financial hardship, you must apply for another BVC where you can work.
- If work restrictions are imposed on your current BVC.
- If you are a qualified set visa applicant and have been granted a BVC through judicial review.
In a few special cases, a BVC may be granted without work restrictions. For example, if you are a protection visa applicant and file a Judicial Review petition, you may only be granted a work-eligible BVC if you previously had a BVC without work restrictions.
If you are not a protection or skillset visa applicant, you will not receive an unrestricted BVC if you apply for a Judicial Review BVC.
Can I Study With an Australia Bridging Visa C?
You can study on a BVC, but you may be restricted by your previous visa. Even if you are allowed to study, you may only be allowed to study in certain areas of Australia. Details on visa requirements can be found on VEVO (Visa Entitlement Verification Online).
Can I Travel With an Australia Bridging Visa C?
You cannot travel on a bridging C visa. Once you leave Australia, the BVC becomes invalid and you cannot re-enter Australia unless you apply for another substantive visa outside of Australia.
Can I Apply for a Bridging Visa B if I have a BVC?
If you have a C bridging visa, you cannot change to a B bridging visa for travel. You can only apply for a BVB if you have a Bridging Visa A and wish to freely exit and re-enter Australia.
Can I Include Family Members in My Bridging Visa C Application?
You can include family members in your Bridging Visa C application if they are staying in Australia with you.
Bridging Visa C Cancellation
The BVC is subject to three conditions, which will result in the cancellation of your visa if you fail to meet them
- No work condition 8101. you cannot work on the BVC unless you have express permission from the Department of Foreign Affairs. the BVC restricts your work to within your field of study (if you are a student) and only if you are learning how to do a particular job without actually doing the job. You may be permitted to volunteer with written permission from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
- Condition 8303.You are not permitted to harm, threaten or endanger anyone in Australia.
- Condition 8501: You are responsible for your own health insurance and must have valid insurance for the duration of your stay in Australia with a BVC.
MediCare Access With a Bridging Visa C
If you have a permanent residence visa, your access to Medicare in Australia may be restricted. You may also be eligible for income support and accommodation through Asylum Seeker Financial Support (ASAS) if you meet the eligibility criteria.