Many applicants find bridging visas a confusing topic. Different Bridging Visas are issued in different circumstances, and the conditions of each vary.
Bridging Visa A and Bridging Visa B
When applicants lodge a valid application whilst in Australia holding a substantive visa, a Bridging Visa A is granted. A Bridging Visa A does not necessarily come into effect when granted.
A Bridging Visa comes into effect at the expiry of the substantive visa and allows the applicant to remain in Australia lawfully whilst a decision is made on their application.
The conditions of a Bridging Visa A will depend on the visa application type that has been made as well as the visa held at the time of application.
It important to read and understand the conditions of a Bridging Visa as well as understand when your bridging visa is in effect to ensure you do not breach the conditions of your visa as this may impact your pending visa application.
A Bridging Visa A does not allow you to depart Australia and return to Australia.
If you need to travel overseas during the processing of your application and your bridging visa A is in effect, you would need to obtain a Bridging Visa B.
The DIBP fee is $140. You should usually allow at least 2 weeks for a bridging visa B to be granted.
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