Bridging Visa C (BVC)

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This temporary visa allows holders to lawfully remain in Australia after their current substantive visa ceases and their new visa is being processed.

This temporary visa bridges the gap between two visas, covering periods when you may not be legally entitled to stay within Australia. It generally allows you to stay in Australia after your current substantive visa ceases and while your new substantive visa application is being processed.

This visa grants you the following privileges:

  1. Stay lawfully until your substantive visa application is determined.
  2. If granted with judicial proceedings, stay until those proceedings are complete.

BVC will end immediately if:

  1. You leave Australia while your BVC is in effect.
  2. You are granted the substantive visa you applied for.
  3. You are granted another bridging visa related to the same substantive visa application.
  4. Your BVC or the substantive visa held when granted the BVC has been cancelled.

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

Eligibility Criteria

This visa includes the following criteria:

  1. You must not hold a Bridging visa E (BVE) and you must not have held a BVE since you last held a substantive visa.
  2. You must not hold a Bridging visa E (BVE) and you must not have held a BVE since you last held a substantive visa.
  3. 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, and you previously held a BVC in relation to the substantive visa application.
  4. You will need to meet the character requirement.

Inclusion of Other Family Members

If you and your family applied for a substantive visa in Australia together, you may have also submitted a joint application for a BVC.

When applying separately for a BVC, you can include family unit members if they are part of your substantive visa application. The assessment will determine the appropriate bridging visa for each family member.

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