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Bridging visa Australia categories: All you need to know

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Last Updated on April 26, 2024 by Tabraiz

A bridging visa is a temporary visa that allows staying for a definite time on the expiry of his substantive visa. When a substantive visa has ceased while the person has applied for a new one, he will need a temporary solution to stay in Australia. 

As per the name, bridging visas serve as a bridge between expired and applied-for access. It is illegal to stay in a foreign nation without a visa, no matter how long a person has been living there.

A bridging visa has several objectives, some of which are as follows-

  • If an original visa has expired and the applicant is waiting for a new substantive visa
  • If a person is waiting for a court’s decision for an appeal
  • If a person is living illegally in Australia
  • If there is a rejection of the visa and the applicant is awaiting the administrative appeals tribunal’s decision

Categories of Bridging Visa

There are six types of bridging visas. Every visa is different from another with a slight variation. These variations are in their functioning or entitlement attached to them. 

  1. Bridging Visa A
  2. Bridging Visa B
  3. Bridging Visa C
  4. Bridging Visa D
  5. Bridging Visa E
  6. Bridging Visa F

The circumstances of immigration before granting a bridging visa affect type of it.

Bridging Visa A (Subclass 010)

Bridging visa subclass 010 is the first type of bridging visa. A person can apply for visa 010 when he is in Australia and hold a legal passport. Bridging Visa A permits him to stay in Australia even after the expiry of his substantive visa while waiting for the new one. This visa holder can not leave or depart from Australia.


A person will be eligible for a Bridging visa A  –

  • He is in Australia while applying for a substantive new visa.
  • The visa he has applied for has been granted in Australia.
  • If the person applies for a visa in Australia and the Australian embassy rejects it, then the person has filed an Appeal within the statutory time limits.

Bridging visa A working rights are the same as a visa holder has at the time of application. It also has the same work limitation of six months. There are some Bridging visa A conditions such as –

  • No work condition
  • No study condition
  • No travel condition

So, Bridging visa A does not provide any rights to leave and return to Australia.

Bridging Visa B (subclass 020)

Where Bridging visa A restricts a person from leaving or departing from Australia, Bridging visa B gives a right to travel. This visa states the time and authority for travelling, which means the person has permission to travel outside Australia within the time prescribed in the grant. 

When the travel period ends, the person has to return to Australia. BVA also permits him to work, study, and reside there. Only the person who has BVA or BVB is eligible to apply for Bridging visa B. 

Bridging Visa C (subclass 030)

Bridging visa C is available to a person who is staying unlawfully in Australia after the expiry of his substantive visa and has already applied for the renewal. BVC does not allow a person to travel outside Australia.

 If this visa is with the condition of “No Work”, the person can not work there. He can apply for another visa with permission to work. For a successful application, he has to present himself as if he requires the work or is in a financial crisis.

Bridging Visa D (subclass 040 and 041)

It is also known as a Bridging visa (prospective applicant). It doesn’t allow a person to work in Australia and travel outside Australia. This visa lets a person stay legally in Australia after the expiry of his substantive visa when his application is invalid and rejected by the authorities.

A person will be eligible for this visa if he is an unlawful non-citizen or will become illicit within three business days of applying. He should file a valid application within five working days.

Bridging Visa E (subclass 050 and 051)

Bridging visa E allows a non-citizen to stay lawfully in Australia and prepare to leave, or he is waiting to finalise immigration. A person can not re-enter Australia once he leaves Australia. Bridging visa E has conditions of “No work” and “No study”. To remove these conditions, A person should apply for a new visa. In this application, he has to explain the reasons why to work and studies. 

Bridging Visa F ( subclass 060)

A Bridging visa F is for individuals who are suspected victims of trafficking or deceptive recruitment. This visa allows these individuals to stay in Australia until the minister decides on a specified date. 

The validity of Bridging visa F is 30 days from the date of award or decision of the minister in respect of the individual.

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