Bridging visas: What are they and how do they differ?

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Bridging visas: What are they and how do they differ?

People from foreign countries who live in Australia typically have “s” with specific expiration dates. People typically refer to a substantive visa when they say they have one (such as a visitor visa, a TSS visa, or a partner visa).

All foreigners in Australia must retain their legal status by having the proper visa. However, when a person’s current visa expires and he can not obtain his next, regardless of applying for a valid one, bridging visas allow them to keep their legal standing in Australia.

Although there are other uses for an Australian bridging visa, it is most famous for letting the holder “bridge” the gap between his current (which has expired in some cases) and newly applied substantive visa.

There are various uses for and justifications for granting a bridging visa, including:


  • If the initial visa has expired and there is no approval for the substantive visa,
  • If the applicant is awaiting the outcome of a visa appeal in court,
  • If the substantive visa holders are awaiting the outcome of an Administrative Appeals Tribunal hearing over a visa denial or cancellation,
  • If they asked for ministerial intervention or are illegally present in Australia but want to depart from Australia.

Bridging visa types

There are seven types of bridging visas, and every type comes with slightly different rights and obligations. The explanation of these bridging visas is as follows-

  • Bridging visa A (subclass 010)

At the time of grant of a Bridging visa A (BVA), the person applying for a new substantive visa while staying in Australia must hold an eligible visa. The Bridging Visa A enables the holder to stay in Australia after his substantive visa expires while he awaits word on the renewal. 

Visa subclass 010 allows the holder to go anywhere in Australia but cannot leave the country and return. A BVA does not allow to work. However, If the applicant can prove that he must work, he may reapply for another BVA with some work restrictions. The application process for BVA is similar to the substantive visa and is free of cost (whether online or paper application).

  • Bridging visa B (subclass 020)

The bridging visa b subclass 020 (BVB) is a short-term visa that allows a candidate to leave and enter Australia while he is waiting for the outcome of his substantive visa application. While he is waiting for the process of a substantive visa, the bridging visa b will let him remain in Australia.

  • Bridging visa C (subclass 030)

For non-Australians who want to submit a legitimate application for a substantive visa, Bridging Visa C (BVC) is a short-term visa. Bridging visa c work rights are similar to BVA means it does not carry any working rights.

According to Bridging visa c conditions, a person can not work in Australia and can not travel to and from Australia. If the applicant has departed from Australia, he can not return.

  • Bridging visa D (subclass 040)

If the substantive visa has expired, the applicant may enter Australia temporarily using a Bridging Visa D (BVD). This time frame is only long enough for the applicant to apply for a Bridging Visa E, prepare to depart Australia or submit a substantive visa application (BVE). With bridging visa d, you cannot work in Australia or travel outside Australia and then come back.

Bridging visa E (subclass 050)

If the applicant’s substantive visa has expired or he is awaiting an immigration decision, the bridging visa e (BVE) enables him to remain in Australia legally. Bridging visa 050 permits the applicant to complete immigration issues or prepare to depart. If he flies outside Australia with this visa, he can not return to Australia.

There are no bridging visa E work rights because it does not allow an aspirant to work in Australia.

  • Bridging visa F (subclass 060)

A BVF is for people the Australian authorities suspect may be involved in significant commonwealth offences such as human trafficking, sexual servitude, or misleading recruiting. It typically lasts up to 30 days from the award date or until the Minister notifies the government that a subject is no longer a person of interest to law enforcement.

Every bridging visa allows a non-resident to stay in Australia for a few days until the conclusion of their visa application or the minister’s decision. 

Difference between the various bridging visas 

One can understand the difference between the bridging visas by the following table-

For applicants who Are waiting for their new onshore substantive visa BVA holders who want to get travelling rights Non-Australians who wants to file a valid visa application for a substantive visa Has become unlawful and wish to apply for a new substantive visa Are waiting for the decision of the immigration department Are in Australia and suspected victim of human trafficking
Working rights the same as the visa held at the time the application was submitted, although sometimes without restrictions Same as BVA No working rights by default, the applicant must specifically apply No working rights No working rights by default, the applicant must specifically apply No working rights
Travelling rights No Yes No No No No
validity 28 days after the main visa application decision Same as BVA Same as BVA Five working days from the date of grant of the visa Until decided by the immigration department Till the clearance of criminal charges



A person from outside Australia must need an eligible visa to stay and remain in Australia legally. But there are some circumstances where the current visa of the person has expired, and there is time left to grant the visa application. Bridging visas will frequently connect as a part of a substantive visa when you obtain one. However, in some cases, you may need to reapply for your bridging visa.

So a person will require Bridging visas to stay in Australia between expiry and approval of a new substantive visa. He can seek the help of our visa consultant Adelaide who are specialises in Australian immigration law. 


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