These are temporary visas which allow applicants to remain in Australia during a specified period or until a specified event happens (e.g. after applicant’s current substantive visa ceases and while your substantive visa application is being processed.) Applications for a bridging visa can only be made in Australia and the applicant must be in Australia at the time of making application. 

Visa Categories  

Bridging Visa A (BVA) 

This visa is for applicants who have made an application for a relevant substantive visa while holding a substantive visa or after your current substantive visa ceases and while your substantive visa application is being processed. 

Bridging Visa B (BVB) 

This visa is for applicants who need to travel overseas while their application for a substantive visa is being processed. 

Bridging Visa C (BVC) 

This visa is for applicants who have lodged an appli­cation for a relevant substantive visa and do not hold a substantive visa or BVE. 

Bridging Visa D (BVD) 

This visa is for applicants who are or will soon become unlawful and have attempted to but need more time to make a substantive visa application, as well as unlawful non-citizen who are unable or unwilling to make a substantive visa application in circumstances where relevant Departmental staff are unavailable to interview them. 

Bridging Visa E (BVE) 

This visa is for certain unlawful non-citizens and BVE or BVD holders, including those who are making arrangements to leave Australia, have or will make a relevant substantive visa application, or who are party to a relevant tribunal or court review or applicable Ministerial intervention request. 

Bridging Visa F (BVF) 

This visa is for people who are suspected victims of human trafficking and members of their immediate family. 

Bridging Visa R (BVR) 

This visa is for people in immigration detention who will co-operate with efforts to remove them from Australia but whose removal is not currently reasonably practicable.