A bridging E visa (subclass 050) is usually issued for a short period of time to allow you to stay in Australia legally while you prepare to leave Australia or while your application for a protection visa (subclass 051) is being processed.
This type of visa may also be issued while you are finalizing your immigration matters or while you are waiting for a decision on your immigration status.
Bridging Visa E Types
There are two subclasses of the Bridging Visa E.
- Bridging Visa E Subclass 050 (BVE 050).
- Bridging Visa E Subclass 051 (BVE 051).
The difference between the Bridging Visa E Subclass 050 and Subclass 051 is that BVE 051 is issued only to applicants for protection visas.
Who Is Eligible for a Bridging Visa E?
You may be eligible to apply for a bridging visa E subclass 050 if you are
- You are currently in Australia illegally.
- You hold a BVE(050) at the time of application.
- You hold a BVD(041) at the time of applying for this visa.
You are eligible to apply for a bridging visa E subclass 051 if you have not been admitted to the country, the Department has been notified within 45 days of your arrival, and one of the following conditions applies to you
- You have applied for a protection visa and a final decision has not yet been made; or
- Your application for a protection visa has been denied and you have requested an appeal or judicial review of that decision; or
- You have been detained by Immigration and Refugee Services.
Requirements for a Bridging Visa E
To apply for a BVE, you will need the following.
- A passport and proof of identity. Be sure to provide a copy of the bio page of your passport and other documentation if possible. If you do not currently have a valid passport, you will need to provide proof that you have arranged for a new passport.
- Prove that you are of good moral character. Immigration and Nationality Services may not require these documents at the time of application, but will notify you if you need to provide them after you submit your application.
- Fingerprints and Passport Photo. Immigration will tell you if you need to visit an immigration office to submit your fingerprints.
- If someone is helping you with your visa application. Form 956A or Form 956.
- Form 1005, Application for Bridging Visa E Subclass 051.
- If you are applying for a Subclass 050 visa, you must also submit this.
- A copy of your visa application (if you are waiting for a decision on your visa).
- A record of the judge’s appeal (if you filed an appeal with the AAT).
- Judicial Review Procedures.
- Departmental requests to intervene (if applicable).
- The date you will be leaving Australia.
- The country to which you are travelling.
- Proof of air travel to a country you can enter.
How to Apply for a Bridging Visa E?
There are two ways to apply for a bridging E visa.
- Online application. You must use the ImmiAccount platform to apply for the bridging E visa. If you are applying for subclass 050, the online application is preferred by the Department.
- Paper-based application. Complete the Bridging Visa Application Form and mail or email your application to us. You must send your application to the nearest Australian visa office as you may be interviewed. If you are applying by email, you will need to check the immigration website for the email corresponding to your region.
Applying for a BVE subclass 051
This subclass, Bridging Visa E, cannot be applied for online. You must submit a paper application form by mail or email.
Australia Bridging Visa E Processing Times
There is no specific processing time for this type of visa application, but they will try to process your application as quickly as possible. If you provide all the required information at the time of application, the processing time of your application will be shorter.
Bridging Visa E Cost
There is no fee for applying for a bridging visa E.
How Long Does a Bridging Visa E Last?
A bridging visa is only valid for a limited period of time and becomes invalid if
- You obtain a substantive visa; or
- When you leave Australia.
- Your BVE is cancelled.
Can I Stay Longer With a Bridging Visa E?
No. Once your BVE ends, you cannot stay longer and must apply for a new BVE.
Bridging Visa E Work Rights
In order to work on a Bridging Visa E, you must prove that you have a financial hardship. If you are allowed to work, you are limited to 40 hours of work in two weeks.
Can I Study With an Australia Bridging Visa E
Depending on the terms of your visa, you can study for up to three months on a bridging E visa.
- Student Guardianship Visa (Subclass 590)
- Recuperative visa (subclass 602)
Can I Travel With an Australia Bridging Visa E?
You cannot travel on a BVE visa. If you leave Australia, your bridging E visa will expire and you will not be able to re-enter Australia on the same visa. If you return to your home country, you will need to apply for another substantive visa.
Can I Include Family Members in My Bridging Visa E Application?
If you wish to apply for a BVE with a family member, you may include them in your visa application. However, both you and the other applicant must be present in Australia at the time of application and at the time the bridging E visa is issued.
Reporting Requirements for Bridging Visa E
If condition 8402 is attached to your visa, you must make a reporting appointment with the Australian Department of Visas and Citizenship within five working days of the visa being granted. You must then appear at the same office on the first working day of each week until the visa becomes valid.
Bridging Visa E Cancellation
The bridging E visa is subject to a number of conditions. If you do not meet these conditions, the Department of Immigration will cancel your visa.
- You may not work on the E Bridging Visa unless you have written permission to do so. You may only perform unpaid work or observe work in the industry without participating in the work process.
- Work restriction 8104. Under this visa condition, you may only work for a specified number of hours every two weeks.
- Specific work condition 8116. If this condition is attached to your BVE, you may not work other than as a crew member on a flight leaving Australia or on a flight from an approved airport to another approved airport.
- Study restriction condition 8201. Under this condition, you may study for only three months.
- No study condition 8207. You may not undertake any study program or training in Australia with this condition.
- Specific place to report condition 8401. Your visa issuance letter will tell you when and where to report.
- Residence condition 8505. This condition requires you to continue to live at the address you gave in your application.
- 8506. change of address condition You can change your address, but you must notify Immigration of the change.
- Condition 8303: You must meet character requirements and not engage in criminal or harmful activity.
- Condition 8507.You must pay the costs of the detention.
- Condition 8509. this condition requires you to apply for a substantive visa or make arrangements to travel outside Australia within five working days of the issue of your BVE visa.
- Condition 8512.You must leave Australia by the date specified on the visa approval letter.
- Condition 8548: If this condition applies to a bridging visa E, only four months of study or training is allowed. This includes 17 weeks and 3 days, excluding orientation and vacation periods.
- Condition 8566. if you have signed a letter of intent to abide by Australian values and laws, you must not break this agreement while in Australia.