Bridging Visas




Check List Using The Regulations As A Template eg - Spouse Visa

Get Enough Sleep

Visa Application And Associated Costs

Preserving Records

Record Keeping And Management - How Long Do Documents Have To Be Kept?

Initial Requirements Regarding Accepting A Retainer

Failure Of Proper File Management Can Lead To Suspension As A Migration Agent


Confidentiality & Notifying The Client Of Complaint Procedure

Give Your Client A Copy Of Everything

Give Your Client The Bad News Immediately

Take Care While On Holidays

Clients & English

Check Special Requirements For Offshore Visas With The Embassy's Or Consulate's Website

Don't Accept Immigration's Assertion That Decisions Have Been Made Properly

Have No Fear Of Appeals

Never Advise Your Client To Make Life Changing Decisions Prior To The Grant Of A Visa & Trust Your Instincts

Before You Set The Fee With Your Client And Before You File A Visa Application

Oral Instructions

What Can Go Wrong If You Don't Record Your Mail Properly

Application Fee For A Visa



Prepare Your Client For The Oath

Client Dress

Policy VS Law

Ideas For Chronologies For Client Files

Immigration Goes Into Hibernation On 30 June Each Year

Australia Closes Down Between Christmas & New Year

Have An Industrial Strength Office Set Up At The Office And At Home

What Is A Permanent Residence Visa?

Note Taking

Translating Documents

General Issues

Practice Together Or Practice In Groups

Time Limits

A Proper Email Account And Email Management

Undercharging And Undercutting On Fees

Tourist Visas

Positioning And Pathways And Fees (Putting All One's Eggs In One Basket)

Email & Fax Communication & Errors With Credit Cards Emerge As Troubling Issues

Preparing A Client For Merit Review Hearings Or Interviews With DIBP

Accountants And Migration Law


Berenguel - Sometimes Time Of Application Criteria Can Be Met At Time Of Decision

Bare Faced Liars & The Fraudsters

Everyone's Doing It

Bridging Visas

Visas Remain Current Until Midnight

Immigration Closes At 4pm

Looking After Secondary Visa Holders In A Visa Cancellation Process

Applying As A Secondary Visa Applicant Onshore When The Primary Visa Applicant Is Offshore

Being Illegal

Essential Prerequisites For A Ministerial Discretion Application

Last Lunge Applications

State And Territory Sponsorship


Believing The Client

Follow Up

Make Peace With The Tax Office

No Obligation On Immigration To Chase Up Information Or Documents From Migration Agents Or Lawyers Representing A Client

Errors In Visa Applications

Spouse Visas - Unexplained Large Deposits of Money

Managing No. 8503 On Tourist Visas

Medical Consent

Statutory Declarations

Merit Review

Tax Deductibility of Migration Advice


Dates On Documents And Names On Documents

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Take A Statement

Case Management Software

Work Rights


Check All Past Visa Applications

Revealing Convictions

Visa Holders Being On Their Best Behaviour

Email Communication With Immigration - Delete All Strings

No Without Prejudice Conversations With Immigration

Accounts Managements

What Is A Secondary Visa?

Identify Australian Citizens Who Support An Applicant


Schedule 1 Criteria

Second Thing To Do On Starting A File - Download The Relevant Part Of The Law

First Thing To Do When Starting Any File - Identify Any 'Rights Destroying' Deadlines

Lodging Paper Applications

Social Media & Smart Phones


Disputes About Parentage And Children

Helping People Pass The English Tests

Managing Emails

What Is The Pomodoro Technique?

Immigration Telephones Client

When Is A Visa Application Made In Australia

Apply For A Visa In Australia

No Visa Application Is An Island

The Hammock Principle


Bridging visas are quite limited as visas and everything should be done to have a client on a substantive visa the whole time.  If things go wrong while a person is holding a bridging visa then there may be very limited room to manoeuvre.  Here is one example.

The Schedule 1 criteria may prevent a person applying for a Bridging visa A (BVA) down the track. Here is an extract from Item 1301(3):


(c) Either:

(i) the applicant has made a valid application for a substantive visa that has not been finally determined; or

(ii) application has been made, within statutory time limits, for judicial review of a decision in relation to the applicant’s substantive visa application, and the judicial review proceedings (including proceedings on appeal, if any) have not been completed.


(d) Applicant must:

(i) hold a substantive visa; or

(ii) hold a Bridging A (Class WA) or Bridging B (Class WB) visa and have held a substantive visa when he or she made the substantive visa application; or

(iii) have held a substantive visa when he or she made the substantive visa application referred to in paragraph (c);


The effect of the parts in bold are that if a person applied for a substantive visa while holding a BVA then that person will not be eligible for a BVA when seeking either merit review or judicial review of the last substantive visa applied for.  This may seriously impact on work rights.

So the rule is apply for a substantive visa while holding another substantive visa. If this means applying for a second or separate temporary visa this will be worth doing.




A Bridging Visa B does not necessarily allow a person to travel to and from Australia until visa decision.  There is a tricky little clause in paragraph 020.511.

(c)      permitting the holder to travel to and enter Australia until the time set by paragraph (b)unless the Minister has specified an earlier time for the purpose.

Subparagraph (b) refers to the usual time of expiry for a bridging visa being the date of visa decision, 28 days after the merit review process, or if the person is on a separately applied for judicial review bridging visa similarly 28 days after the end of the judicial review process.

But on a Bridging Visa B the delegate can set a limit on when the person must return to Australia which can be earlier that the expiry date of the visa.  This has caught out a number of Bridging Visa B holders.  They do not realise their Bridging Visa B sets an earlier deadline on when they must return to Australia in order to be allowed entry to Australia. Missing that means that they may get to the airport to return home to Australia and they discover they have no visa and the airline will not let them onto the plane.

Sometimes if the person holds an ETA eligible passport (which includes Hong Kong SAR) then fast track arrangements can be made to grant an ETA but usually it is a tourist ETA and that visa will only last for 3 months.

Of course if one returns within that deadline then the BVB remains in place until final determination of the visa application.

Take care on what one puts in the BVB application. Immigration officers have been known to scout back and look at BVB’s and try and pick discrepancies with a view to applying PIC 4020 (false information).

Barbara Davidson