A Bridging visa C (BVC) (subclass 030) is a temporary visa. It might be granted if an individual lodges an application in Australia for a substantive visa but they do not already hold a substantive visa.
It allows them to remain lawful in Australia until a final decision is made on their new substantive visa application. A substantive visa is any visa which is not a bridging visa or a criminal justice visa or an enforcement visa. A BVC does not allow a person to return to Australia if they leave.
An individual might have automatically applied for a BVC if they applied for certain substantive visas and:
- They are in Australia
- The substantive visa can be granted to them while they are in Australia
- When they lodged that application, they did not hold a substantive visa
- They do not hold a Bridging visa E (BVE) and they have not held a BVE since they last held a substantive visa.
An individual can apply separately for a BVC after they have applied for a substantive visa in Australia if:
- They had previously been granted a BVC, but this has ended (for example, due to departure from Australia) and they are still eligible for another BVC
- Their current BVC either does not allow them to work in Australia, or there are work restrictions but they believe they have a compelling need to work.
- An individual must apply for judicial review after a merits review tribunal upholds a decision to refuse their substantive visa application, as they will need a separate bridging visa to maintain their lawful status during the judicial review proceedings.
Further criteria must be satisfied for the BVC to be granted.
What this visa allows for?
A BVC allows an individual to remain lawfully in Australia until a decision is made on their substantive visa application.
An individual must comply with any conditions on their BVC when it is in effect.
Why is the bridging visa required?
A bridging visa to remain lawful in Australia until a final decision is made on the new substantive visa application. If an individual is in Australia without a visa, they become an unlawful non-citizen for that period of time. Being an unlawful non-citizen in Australia can cause problems such as:
- Not being granted a permanent visa and later if a person applies for Australian citizenship, they might not be eligible to become an Australian citizen as soon as they would like to because they were an unlawful non-citizen for a period
- If a person’s substantive visa application is refused, and they leave Australia, and later apply for another visa outside Australia they might not be able to be granted another visa for three years after they leave Australia.