Bridging Visa B BVB subclass 020

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Bridging Visa B BVB subclass 020: What this Bridging visa B lets you do

A BVB allows you to leave and return to Australia during a specified period of time while your substantive visa application is being processed. When deciding the specified travel period, the department of immigration and border protection consider your reasons for travel and when your substantive visa application is likely to be decided.

Once you have been granted a BVB, the specified travel period cannot be changed or extended.

If you still hold a substantive visa when your BVB  is granted, you must comply with any conditions that are on that substantive visa. When your substantive visa ends, the conditions of your BVB will apply.

Bridging Visa B BVB subclass 020: Before you apply

Your passport

Usually you must have a valid passport to be granted this Bridging visa B. If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. Your visa is linked to the passport number you use in your application. If you get a new passport after your visa has been granted, you must give the details of your new passport to one of our offices. For more information, see New Passport.

Bridging Visa B BVB subclass 020: Why do I need a bridging visa?

You need a bridging visa to remain lawful in Australia until a decision is made on your substantive visa application. If you are in Australia without a visa, you become an unlawful non-citizen for that period of time. Being an unlawful non-citizen in Australia can cause problems for you, such as:

  • if you are granted a permanent visa and later  apply for Australian citizenship, you might not be  eligible to  become an Australian citizen  as soon as you would like to because you were an unlawful non-citizen for a period of time
  • if your substantive visa application is refused, and you leave Australia, and you later apply for another visa  outside Australia you might not  be able to be granted another visa for three  years after you leave Australia.

Bridging Visa B BVB subclass 020: Cost

There is a visa application charge (VAC) for a BVB application.

Further information is available on the Visa Pricing  Table.

Bridging Visa B BVB subclass 020: Who could get this Bridging visa B

You can apply for a BVB if you meet all of the following:

  • you are in Australia
  • you already hold a Bridging visa A (BVA)  or a BVB
  • you have applied in Australia for a substantive visa that can be granted to you while you are in Australia
  • you have substantial reasons for wanting to leave and return to Australia while your substantive visa application is being processed.

Further criteria must be satisfied for the BVB to be granted.

Bridging Visa B BVB subclass 020: Including family in your application

If you and your family have applied together for a substantive visa in Australia, you can apply together for BVBs. This means you and your family have to complete only one application form and pay one visa application charge. However, each member of the family will have to meet the requirements for a BVB in their own right.

Only those family members who have substantial reasons for needing to travel outside Australia should be included in your BVB application. If some of your family members do not need to travel outside Australia, they can stay in Australia on their current bridging visas.

You can include the following people in your visa application:

  • your partner
  • your child/step-child or your partner’s child/step-child.

For detailed information regarding who you can include in your application see  including family members in your application.

Bridging Visa B BVB subclass 020: How to apply

If you apply for a BVB, there are two options available to you, depending on how you applied for your associated substantive visa. These are outlined below.

Note:  You and anyone included in your application must be in Australia when the BVB application is lodged and granted. Emailed and faxed applications will not be accepted unless you have been specifically permitted to do so by your case officer.

Lodge your application online

You can apply online using  ImmiAccount  if you have applied for your substantive visa through ImmiAccount and a decision has not yet been made on that application.

Note:  You cannot apply online if you have made an application for merits review or judicial review.

Lodge your application by post or courier

If online lodgement is not available, you can complete the following form:

Send the application form with all necessary documents to the  Australian office  that is processing your associated substantive visa application.

Note: You are not able to apply online for a BVB if you are outside Australia.

Bridging Visa B BVB subclass 020: When to apply

You should apply for your BVB no more than three months, and not less than two weeks, before the date on which you want to travel.

Some visas can only be granted while you are in Australia. If you apply for a BVB too far in advance of your travel, it could be difficult for the department of immigration and border protection to assess whether your substantive visa will be ready for decision.

If you leave it until the last minute to apply for a BVB, you risk not being granted a BVB before you are due to leave Australia. If this happens, you might not hold a visa that allows you to return to Australia. You would then have to apply for and be granted a substantive visa before you could return to Australia. There is no guarantee that you would be granted a visa.

More information

There is more  information to help you prepare your application, which gives advice about certifying and translating documents into English, communicating with us, using a migration agent, authorising another person to receive information from us, and receiving assistance with your application.

Bridging Visa B BVB subclass 020: After you have applied

You will receive written advice when a decision is made on your BVB application. If you are granted a BVB you will also receive advice about any conditions that might be on it.

Note:  Contact the department of immigration and border protection if you do not receive a letter advising of the BVB decision within seven working days as there might be a technical error.

Provide more information

You can provide more information to us, in writing, at any time until a decision is made on the application. If you want to correct information you provided, use:

Send the form with all necessary documents to the relevant  visa and citizenship  office in  Australia  that is processing your associated substantive visa application.

We could also ask you for more information. You will have to respond by a set date. After that date, the department of immigration and border protection can make a decision about your application using the information that they  have.

If you applied online, you can provide additional information, including Form 1023, using ImmiAccount.

If another person gives the department of immigration and border protection information that could result in you being refused a visa, they  will generally give you the opportunity to comment on the information.

You might also be interviewed by us. If you are asked to attend an interview in person, bring your passport or other identification and any requested documents to the interview.

Bridging Visa B BVB subclass 020: Report changes in your circumstances

You must tell the department of immigration and border protection if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth or death in your family.

You can use the following forms:

Send the form(s) with all necessary documents to the relevant  visa and citizenship  office in  Australia  that is processing your associated substantive visa application.

If you applied online, you might be able to update your details using  ImmiAccount.

Bridging Visa B BVB subclass 020: Withdrawing your application

You can withdraw the application at any time before the department of immigration and border protection make a decision about it. To do this, send them a letter or email to ask for the withdrawal. Your request must include your full name, date of birth and date of your application. If you know it, you should also include the number the department of immigration and border protection gave you when you applied — this could be a file reference number, client ID, or a Transaction Reference Number.

Everyone included in the application who is 18 years of age or older must sign the letter of withdrawal or send a separate email or letter.

We will not usually refund the visa application charge.

Bridging Visa B BVB subclass 020: Visa decision

If the visa is granted, the department of immigration and border protection will send you a letter or email to tell you:

  • when you can use the visa
  • the visa grant number
  • any conditions attached to the visa.

You will not have a visa label placed in your passport.

If the visa is not granted, the department of immigration and border protection will send you a letter or email to tell you:

  • why the visa was refused
  • your review rights (if any).
  • the time limit for lodging an  appeal.

Bridging Visa B BVB subclass 020: How long your visa lasts

Usually, a BVB comes into effect as soon as it is granted or when your current substantive visa ends.

A BVB allows you to travel until a specified date unless the visa ceases prior to that date.

A BVB will end immediately when any of the following situations occur:

  • you are granted the substantive visa you applied for
  • you are granted another Bridging visa (including a BVA or BVB) in relation to the same substantive visa application that your BVB is associated with
  • we  cancel your BVB or the substantive visa that you held when you were granted a BVB
  • you are outside Australia when the BVB specified travel period ends
  • you leave Australia after the BVB specified travel period ends.

If your BVB  was granted on or after 19 November 2016

Your BVB will end:

  • 35 calendar days after:

o       a decision (either by the department or the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)  in relation to your associated substantive visa application

o       a determination that your application is invalid (either the substantive visa application or an application for review by the AAT)

o       withdrawal of your application (either the substantive visa application or an application for review by the AAT).

  • 28 calendar days after:

o       a judicial review body upholds the decision to refuse your substantive visa application,

o       you withdraw a related judicial review application.

If your BVB was granted before 19 November 2016

Your BVB will end 28 days after the date that  one  of the following happens:

  • we notify you that your substantive visa application is not valid
  • we notify you that your substantive visa application has been refused
  • we receive your written  request to withdraw your substantive visa application
  • a merits review tribunal notifies you that it has upheld our decision to refuse your substantive visa application
  • a merit review tribunal notifies you that it has no jurisdiction to consider your application for review
  • a merits review tribunal or a judicial review body receives your  written request to withdraw your application for merits or judicial review
  • a judicial review body upholds the decision to refuse your substantive visa application.

Bridging Visa B BVB subclass 020: What this Bridging visa B lets you do

A BVB allows you to leave and return to Australia during a specified period of time while your substantive visa application is being processed. The department of immigration and border protection will take into consideration your reasons for travel and when your substantive visa application is likely to be finalised.

Once you have been granted a BVB, the specified travel period cannot be changed or extended.

If you still hold a substantive visa when your Bridging visa is granted, you must  comply  with any conditions that are on that substantive visa. When your substantive visa ends, the conditions of your BVB will apply.

Working in Australia while you hold a BVB

When you BVB is granted, the department of immigration and border protection will tell you whether your BVB prevents or restricts you from working in Australia. If it does, you cannot get a replacement BVB that will let you work without any restrictions.

Contact your case officer to discuss what options are available to you if you have a compelling need to work, such as being in financial hardship.

Travelling outside Australia while you hold a BVB

When your BVB is granted, the department of immigration and border protection will tell you when  the specified travel period will end.

If you hold a BVB where the specified travel period has ended but you need to travel outside Australia again, you will have to apply for another BVB.

When the specified travel period of your BVB ends, if you are still outside Australia the BVB will  end and you will not be able to use it to return to Australia. If you do not also hold a substantive visa that lets you return, you would have to apply for another visa before you could return to Australia. There is no guarantee that you would be granted a visa.

Bridging Visa B BVB subclass 020: Your obligations

You must comply with all Australian laws and visa conditions.

You must tell the department of immigration and border protection if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth or death in your family.

You can use the following forms:

Send the form(s) with all necessary documents to the relevant  visa and citizenship  office in  Australia  that is processing your associated substantive visa application.

If you applied online, you should update your details using  ImmiAccount  where possible.

Source: The Australian Department of Home Affairs (www.homeaffairs.gov.au). Please visit www.border.gov.au to get updated information.