Australia Temporary Visa Bridging Visa B Subclass 020

Application Fee:

 

There is no fee for this visa subclass.

Processing Time:

 

• 75% of applications: 12 months • 90% of applications: 18 months

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Overview

The Bridging Visa B is a temporary visa that may be granted with single or multiple entry travel and will be valid for a specified time. If the applicant’s travel facility is over or does not have satisfactory validity remaining to cover applicant’s proposed journey, then he or she will be required to apply for and be granted a new Bridging Visa B prior to the departure of Australia.

You can check if you already hold a Bridging visa B (BVB) with VEVO.

A distinct application for a BVB may be required where you have submitted for judicial review.  Applying to change conditions on your BVB may not be possible.  If you wish to change visa conditions, then you can consider to apply for a Bridging visa A (BVA).

You are not eligible to use a bridging visa while you wait for your citizenship application to be approved.

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

 

Who is it for

The Bridging Visa B subclass 020 is mainly a connecting visa that allows the applicant to continue staying lawfully in Australia until the decision for a substantive visa is finalized. 

 

How to qualify

To be eligible to apply the Bridging Visa B, you must

  • be staying in Australia at the time of visa lodgment
  • be a visa holder of a BVA or a BVB
  • have submitted in Australia for a substantive visa that can be approved while you are in Australia
  • if you meet all eligibility criteria, be in Australia at the time of grant

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

The process

Step 1 – Before you apply

Check whether you are holding a BVA or BVB. You can easily check your visa status on VEVO. Check your passport is valid. You should apply for your BVB no more than 3 months, and not less than 2 weeks, before the date on which you want to travel. 

Step 2 – Gather your documents

Gather the documents you need for your application.

Step 3 – Apply for the visa

You might have to apply on paper or online. You and anyone included in your application must be in Australia when the BVB application is submitted.

Apply online

Apply for the visa online using ImmiAccount if you applied for your substantive visa through ImmiAccount and a decision has not yet been made on that application.

Log in to ImmiAccount

Attach documents

Have family applications processed together and attach documents to their application.

Apply on paper

You must apply on paper if you have made an application for merits or judicial review.

You must complete:

Form 1006 Application for a bridging visa (255KB PDF)

Send the application form with all necessary documents by post or courier to the Australian office that is processing your associated substantive visa application. Please allow time for your application to reach us. 

Step 4 – After you apply

See what you can and must do after you apply.

Step 5 – Visa outcome

We will let you know our decision in writing. 

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

The document needed

  • Identity documents
  • Provide color copies of the pages of your current passport
  • a national identity card, if you have one
  • Proof of change of name
  • A marriage or divorce certificate
  • Change of name documents from an Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, or the relevant overseas authority
  • Documents that show other names you have been known by
  • Provide proof to support a change to your visa conditions.

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

 

Government Fees

There is no fee for this visa subclass.

Additional information

You might be allowed to work in Australia if the substantive visa you had or the visa you applied for permits you to work.  Your grant letter will tell you about the conditions that apply to your BVB.

if there was restriction on work in your previous visa conditions then you will not be able to work with a BVB status.  See if you have work restrictions in VEVO.

If you are the holder of a BVB that does not permit work, and you are seeking to change conditions, you will need to consider applying for a BVA.  As part of this process you will need to demonstrate that you are in financial hardship.

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia