Bridging visa C highlights problems in your visa situation (such as no current visa). To be eligible for BVC you need to meet certain requirements. You must:
- Be in Australia
- Apply for a substantive visa that is eligible to be granted within Australia
- Have no substantive visa held at the time of application lodgement
- Not hold a Bridging Visa E (BE) at the time of applying for a BVC
Depending on your situation BVC is granted automatically OR you can apply on a special form.
BVC does not allow work unless one of the substantive visas you have applied for is one of the following:
- Business Talent Visa (subclass 132)
- Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188)
- Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa (subclass 888)
- Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186)
- Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187)
- Skilled — Independent visa (subclass 189)
- Skilled — Nominated visa (subclass 190)
- Skilled — Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489).
If your BVC does not allow you to work or you have restrictions on working you are able to apply for another BVC. However, to be considered for a BVC that allows you to work you will need to demonstrate that you are experiencing financial hardship.
No travel is allowed while on a BVC visa.
Validity ceases once:
- Your new substantive visa is granted
- A new bridging visa is granted in relation to the same substantive visa application
- Your BVC is cancelled
- 28 days after the valid visa application has been withdrawn and there is no other substantive visa you hold
- 28 days after you have been notified that your substantive visa application is invalid
- 28 days after the refusal of your substantive visa application
- 28 days after a decision of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in the case when you decide to appeal the case officer’s decision
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