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Bridging Visa

Bridging Visas

Bridging visas are a crucial component of Australia’s immigration system, designed to provide continuity of legal status to individuals while they await the outcome of their visa applications or immigration matters.

A bridging visa is a visa allowing you to stay in Australia while a person’s immigration status is being reviewed. There are five kinds of bridging visas in Australia, each with their own terms and conditions.

The team at Absolute Immigration helps applicants establish and process the applicable bridging visa. 

Bridging Visa

Bridging Visas

A bridging visa is a visa allowing you to stay in Australia while your immigration status is being reviewed.. There are five kinds of bridging visas in Australia, each with their own terms and conditions.

The team at Absolute Immigration will help applicants through the process of  establishing which bridging visa is suitable  and orocess the paperwork on the applicant’s behalf. 

Bridging Visa Requirements & Conditions

Bridging visas are critical for maintaining lawful status in Australia during visa application processing, preventing individuals from becoming unlawful residents. They grant certain rights and benefits, including work rights and access to Medicare (in some cases), depending on the visa type.

  • Bridging visas may have conditions that restrict travel, work, or study, so it’s crucial to understand and adhere to these conditions.
  • Violating bridging visa conditions can result in visa cancellation and potential deportation.

Application Process:

  • Bridging visas are typically granted automatically when eligible applicants apply for a new substantive visa or lodge an appeal or review request.
  • In some cases, individuals may need to apply for a specific bridging visa, such as a BVB for travel purposes or a BVD in exceptional circumstances.
  • Accurate documentation and timely submission of applications are crucial for obtaining and maintaining bridging visas.

Different Bridging Visas

Bridging Visa A (BVA)

The Bridging Visa A (BVA) is a temporary visa granted to individuals who have applied for another substantive visa. It serves as a bridge between the expiration of their current visa and the decision on their new visa application.


With the BVA, applicants are generally granted work rights, equal to the visa they had before the BVA was granted. 

It also provides limited travel rights within Australia during this transitional period. It is important to note that the BVA does not grant international travel rights.

Bridging Visa B (BVB)

The Bridging Visa B (BVB) is a temporary visa granted to individuals who hold a Bridging Visa A (BVA) or a Bridging Visa C (BVC). It allows them to leave the country temporarily and return while their substantive visa application is being processed. It’s crucial to adhere to the travel conditions to ensure a smooth re-entry into the country.


People can continue working in Australia under the same conditions as their previous bridging visa or the visa they held before applying for the bridging visa.

Bridging Visa C (BVC)

The Bridging Visa C (BVC) is a temporary visa granted to people in Australia who do not hold a substantive visa but wish to remain lawfully in the country. It is often issued to individuals who are awaiting an immigration decision, facing visa cancellation or have overstayed their previous visa.

While the BVC does not grant work rights, applicants can request them under certain circumstances. These requests are assessed on a case-by-case basis.


The BVC does not generally allow travel outside Australia. However, exceptions can be made for compelling or compassionate reasons, subject to approval from the Department of Home Affairs.

Bridging Visa D (BVD)

The Bridging Visa D (BVD) is a temporary visa designed for individuals who are unable to meet the requirements for any other substantive visa and are experiencing compelling and compassionate situations. It provides them with lawful status while their immigration circumstances are being resolved.


Much like the BVC, work rights are not granted, by default, but people can request these rights if they can demonstrate financial hardship if they are unable to work. Similar restrictions apply to travel rights. If there are exceptional circumstances, the Department of Home Affairs may grant permission.

Bridging Visa E (BVE)

The Bridging Visa E (BVE) is a temporary visa designed for individuals in Australia who are unable to meet the criteria for any other visa and do not hold a substantive visa. It provides them with lawful status while their immigration circumstances are being resolved.


The main difference between a BVD and a BVE is that a holder of a BVE has lodged a further appeal against the refusal of their visa or the cancellation of their visa. Similar restrictions apply to work and travel rights on a BVE as to those on a BVD.

Apply for a Bridging Visa

Step 1

Once you reach out to Absolute Immigration, we set up a discovery call to understand what your needs are and what Visa best suits you.

Step 2

From there, we will send you a Strategy proposal outlining the steps we will take to assist you in getting a Visa for you to sign off on.

Step 3

Now our team leaps into action, following immigration pathways, taking care of the paperwork and helping you through the entire application process.

Take the first step and schedule a call

Call us

You can get in touch with the team on our support lines: 1300 227 658 or +61 (03) 9827 3721. Alternatively, you can book a free 10 minute consultation through our Acuity Portal.

Email us

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Frequently Asked Questions

A Bridging Visa is a temporary visa granted to individuals in Australia to help them maintain a lawful status while their immigration matters are being resolved.

Contact Absolute Immigration,and talk to one of our qualified and friendly team members.  Through a Discover Call, they will discuss your preferred bridging visa pathway.

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