Australia Visa Overview

Bridging Visas (BVs)

When it comes to moving to Australia, one of the most confusing aspects is the vast myriad of visa options you can choose as a basis for your Australia Visa application. One of these visa options is the Bridging Visas (BVs) and to assist our visitors we have provided a high-level summary of this visa class below.

Australian Bridging Visas Overview

Bridging visas provide lawful status in Australia to eligible non-citizens.

  • There are seven bridging visa (BV) classes and nine subclasses:
    • Class WA – Bridging A (BVA) – Subclass 010 – Bridging A
    • Class WB – Bridging B (BVB) – Subclass 020 – Bridging B
    • Class WC – Bridging C (BVC) – Subclass 030 – Bridging C
    • Class WD – Bridging D (BVD) – Subclass 040 – Bridging (Prospective Applicant) and Subclass 041 – Bridging (Non-applicant)
    • Class WE – Bridging E (BVE) – Subclass 050 – Bridging (General) and Subclass 051 – Bridging (Protection Visa Applicant)
    • Class WF – Bridging F (BVF) – Subclass 060 – Bridging F
    • Class WR – Bridging R (BVR) – Subclass 070 – Bridging (Removal Pending).
  • Depending on the applicant’s circumstances, a bridging visa may be granted automatically or by making a separate application.
  • Applicants may hold multiple Bridging visas at the same time however, only one BV will be in effect at any one time.
  • In general, and with one exception (BVF), all bridging visas may only be applied for and granted in Australia.
  • Bridging visas are Temporary compliance visas and allow you to stay in Australia temporary providing you lawful status.
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Bridging Visas (BVs) – Is this Visa type for you?

If you are considering applying for a Bridging Visas (BVs) we would love to hear from you. Tell us about your journey in our comments below. If you have any questions we encourage you to post these in our forums. You can access our community forums by Clicking Here.

Please note this is only a high-level summary of the Bridging Visas (BVs) visa

The above is not an exhaustive list of requirements for the Bridging Visas (BVs)  This content on this page is provided for Getting Down Under visitors as general information purposes only, it is not immigration advice and must not be construed as such. While due care has been taken to ensure that the content is kept-up-to-date and correct, the accuracy of the information cannot be guarantee due to the frequent changes in migration law. Please view our Disclaimer for more information. Post Last Updated: 2020-10-12 12:08:17

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Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia. Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assistance. If you have a question for Mark, please post in our Community Forums. Please note All information provided on Getting Down Under should be considered in conjunction with our disclaimer. Please seek professional advice if you have any doubts! 

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