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I'm on a working holiday visa that will expire in a week. Me and my partner have applied for a partner visa 820 and I just got my bridging visa A.
It says on the grant letter that it is not in effect because my current WHV is still valid. Will the BVA go into effect immediately when my current visa expires, or do I have to contact the Department of Immigration to ask them to "activate" it for me?

Question 2. I'm getting mixed messages with my work rights. When my WHV expires and I'm on the BVA, it says on the grant letter "When your bridging visa (class WA) is in effect, you will have full permission to work."
Does this mean I won't be restricted to my previous WHV limitations ie. can I work an unlimited time with the same employer?
 

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It will go into effect immediately once the WHV expires. You will have full work rights once that happens so no, you will not be bound by any WHV restrictions once the visa expires and you're on the BVA.
 

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It will go into effect immediately once the WHV expires. You will have full work rights once that happens so no, you will not be bound by any WHV restrictions once the visa expires and you're on the BVA.
are you positive on this?? I was under the assumption that I still couldn't only work 6 months max per company on a BVA just like my WHV?
 

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are you positive on this?? I was under the assumption that I still couldn't only work 6 months max per company on a BVA just like my WHV?
Does your BVA say: Conditions: NIL ? If yes, then there are no work restrictions. If there is a work restriction it will be listed on your BVA grant letter under visa conditions.

With some bridging visas the conditions of the previous visa carry over, with others they don't. It all depends on the circumstances and the visa you have applied for.
 

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are you positive on this?? I was under the assumption that I still couldn't only work 6 months max per company on a BVA just like my WHV?
Like CCMS said, you should check the conditions of your visa. You can check the visa conditions section and the visa grant letter also explains everything. But from your other posts it sounds like you've applied for 820/801 so you should be in the same boat as OP.
 

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Like CCMS said, you should check the conditions of your visa. You can check the visa conditions section and the visa grant letter also explains everything. But from your other posts it sounds like you've applied for 820/801 so you should be in the same boat as OP.
siiiiiiiiiick. That just made my life so much easier. So I literally could go back to work for a company that I already did my initial 6 months with and start working for them again?
 

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siiiiiiiiiick. That just made my life so much easier. So I literally could go back to work for a company that I already did my initial 6 months with and start working for them again?
Yes, if you're currently on the BVA. Check the BVA in VEVO to make sure it's in effect. Having a BVA grant is not the same as it being in effect.
 

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I confirmed with immigration this morning, I wanted to be 110% certain. I'm not bound to the 6-month limitation.
 

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All limitations lift on a bridging, you can also apply for medicare on BVA.
BVA kicks on the date the WHV was due to expire. My partner has already gone back to his original employer for his first 6 month stint. We waited about a month after his original arival date in the country.

BVB you need to apply for if you wish to exit the country at any stage, it's $145, sometimes an online apply appears in immi sometimes it doesn't. Paper form is pretty simple really.
 

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BVA doesn't need to be in effect; you can apply for Medicare as soon as you lodge the 820/801 application.
Thank you. As I'm Swedish, i already hold a Medicare card, and have been for the past two years. But thanks for the response, other people may want to read this.
 
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