Australia Temporary Visa Bridging Visa E Subclass – 050-051

Application Fee:

 

There is no fee for bridging visa E

Processing Time:

 

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

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Overview

Bridging visa E (BVE) – Subclass – 050

This visa will allow you to stay in Australia lawfully while you make provisions to leave, finalize your migration matter or wait for a visa decision.

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​This visa is free to apply
  • This visa is used to resolve your immigration status, normally if you are presently unlawful, the holder of a BVE 050 or the holder of a BVD 041

Bridging visa E (BVE) – Subclass – 051

This visa will allow you to stay in Australia while your Protection visa application is under processing.

  • This visa is free to apply
  • This visa is used in limited situations for eligible non-citizens who can make bridging visa application under the Migration Act or Regulations

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

Who is it for

This visa will allow you to stay in Australia lawfully while you make provisions to leave, finalize your migration matter or wait for a visa decision.

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

How to qualify

To be eligible for visa subclass 050, you must

  • Comply with all Australian immigration laws
  • Be in Australia when the application is lodged and in order to be granted this visa, you must be in Australia when a decision is made.

To be eligible for visa subclass 050, you must comply with all Australian immigration laws

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

The process

Step 1 – Before you apply

A BVE application cannot be made with the expectation of becoming unlawful. You must be an unlawful non-citizen, BVE holder or BVD holder. If your substantive visa is still in effect, look at other visa options first and only apply for a BVE once your substantive visa has expired.

In some cases, when you make a valid application for a substantive visa in Australia, you will also have applied for a BVE. We will tell you if this happens. In this case, you do not need to lodge a separate application.

You should read about this visa, understand what it lets you do and the eligibility criteria first.

Step 2 – Gather your documents

Step 3 – Apply for the visa

This visa is basically applied online through the ImmiAccount. You and others who are included in the application must be staying in Australia at the time of visa lodgment.

You can apply for a BVE if you do not already have an undecided BVE application.

Send postal applications to our Australian Visa and Citizenship Office nearest to you, as you might need to attend an interview as part of the application process.

 

Applicant’s location

Where to send your application

New South Wales (and Australian Capital Territory)

Sydney – Visa and Citizenship office in New South Wales
Email to BVEapplication.NSW@homeaffairs.gov.au (Bridging visa E applications only)

Victoria

Melbourne – Visa and Citizenship office in Victoria
Email to BVEapplication.VIC@homeaffairs.gov.au (Bridging visa E applications only)

Tasmania

Hobart – Visa and Citizenship office in Tasmania
Email to BVEapplication.TAS@homeaffairs.gov.au (Bridging visa E applications only)

South Australia

Adelaide – Visa and Citizenship office in South Australia
Email to BVEapplication.SA@homeaffairs.gov.au (Bridging visa E applications only)

Western Australia

Perth – Visa and Citizenship office in Western Australia
Email to BVEapplication.WA@homeaffairs.gov.au (Bridging visa E applications only)

Northern Territory

Darwin – Visa and Citizenship office in Northern Territory
Email to BVEapplication.NT@homeaffairs.gov.au (Bridging visa E applications only)

Queensland

Brisbane – Visa and Citizenship office in Queensland
Email to BVEapplication.QLD@homeaffairs.gov.au (Bridging visa E applications only)

or

Cairns – Visa and Citizenship office in Queensland
Email to BVEapplication.QLD@homeaffairs.gov.au (Bridging visa E applications only)

Step 4 – After you apply

Wait for your visa decision after you apply.

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 bridging visa E

Additional information