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Bridging Visas

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With the holiday season fast approaching, it's crucial to ensure that you have the necessary visa arrangements in place for international travel and your return to Australia if such plans are on the horizon.

If you currently have a visa application pending with the Department of Home Affairs, it's of utmost importance to verify your visa status before embarking on your journey. If necessary, make sure to apply for a Bridging Visa B well in advance.

The realm of bridging visas can be perplexing for many applicants, given the various types issued under different circumstances, each with its own set of conditions.

Bridging Visa A and Bridging Visa B serve distinct purposes. When applicants submit a valid application while in Australia holding a substantive visa, they may be eligible to be granted a Bridging Visa A. It's noteworthy that a Bridging Visa A doesn't automatically come into effect once granted. Instead, it takes effect when the substantive visa expires, allowing the applicant to remain lawfully in Australia while awaiting a decision on their application.

The conditions attached to a Bridging Visa A is dependent on the type of visa  application made and the visa held at the time of application. Careful consideration and understanding of these conditions are essential to prevent any inadvertent breach that may adversely affect the pending visa application.

It's important to note that a Bridging Visa A doesn't permit departure from and return to Australia. If travel abroad is necessary during the application processing, and a Bridging Visa A is already in effect, obtaining a Bridging Visa B prior to departure is imperative.

The Department of Home Affairs charges a fee of $180 for a Bridging Visa B, and it's advisable to allow a minimum of 2-4 weeks for the visa to be granted.

For those planning to travel during the festive season, proactive planning is key. Take the time to check your visa status now to ensure a smooth and hassle-free holiday experience.

Disclaimer: The information provided herein is of a general nature only and does not constitute immigration advice. For more detailed and case-specific information or advice, please get in touch with SCA Connect.

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