Bridging visa D is a short term bridging visa (valid for 5 days) granted to people with no valid substantive visa (or someone whose substantive visa is about to expire in 3 working days). This visa has two subclasses:
- Subclass 040: Prospective Applicant
- Subclass 041: Non-Applicant
The subclass 040 (prospective applicant) visa is available to people who:
- Have no visa at the moment or whose substantive visa will expire within 3 working days; and
- Have attempted to make a valid application for a substantive visa but was unable to do so; and
- Will be able to make a valid application within 5 working days.
There is a limit of up to 3 BVD’s (subclass 040) that can be granted since the last substantive visa held. BVD is very often a step towards bridging visa E (BVE) in order to keep a person legally in Australia.
The subclass 041 (non-applicant) visa is available for people with no valid visa who:
- Either is unable or do not wish to apply for a substantive visa; and
- There is no authorised officer available to interview them to check if they are eligible for a BVE.
You can apply in a special form.
BVD has no working rights.
No travel is allowed while on a BVD visa.
Validity ceases once:
- Your new substantive visa is granted
- Another bridging visa is granted (BVD or BVE)
- 5 business days after the grant
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