Bridging Visa A (BVA)

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This visa allows the holder to lawfully remain in Australia while waiting for a substantive visa application decision.

This visa allows you to stay lawfully in Australia until your substantive visa application is finally determined or, if granted in association with judicial proceedings, until those proceedings are complete. The BVA will end immediately if:

  1. You leave Australia while your BVA is in effect.
  2. You are granted the substantive visa you applied for.
  3. You are granted another Bridging visa (such as a BVB) in relation to the same substantive visa application that this BVA is associated with.
  4. Your BVA or the substantive visa that you held when granted the BVA is cancelled.

You and anyone included in your application must be in Australia when the BVA application is submitted and granted.

Eligibility Criteria

This visa includes the following criteria:

  1. You must hold or have held a substantive visa.
  2. You must have made a valid application for a substantive visa that has not been finally determined or you have made an application for judicial review of a decision relating to your substantive visa application, within the prescribed time frame, and the judicial review proceedings have not been completed.
  3. You must apply within the prescribed time frame.
  4. You must meet the character requirement.

Inclusion of Other Family Members

If you and your family applied together for a substantive visa, you might also have applied collectively for a BVA.

If you apply separately for a BVA, you can include family members in your application if they are part of your substantive visa application. Each family member's application will be assessed separately to determine the appropriate bridging visa they can be granted.

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