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Old 06-28-2012, 04:45 AM
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Bridge Visa B Processing Times

Hi Everyone,

This is pretty last minute but I'm wondering who has been through the process to go from a Bridge Class A to a Class B visa to go overseas, and how hard it is? I'm going home to the U.S. for the month of August, so in just over a month. Flights and everything are booked, but I haven't applied for my Bridge visa yet because I was under the impression they approve it immediately and once they do you only have 28 days to leave the country, is that right?

I guess what I need confirmed is what do they require in order to approve a visa - Do you need to write a statement? I don't have many pressing reasons to go home besides a wedding a just a general visit to my family. Will they approve that? How far in advance is the best time to apply?

Sorry if this has been answered somewhere else but I couldn't find it.. Any help would be very appreciated!


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Old 06-28-2012, 04:57 AM
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You go to your nearest immigration centre. You fill out the application for a bridging visa b, you tell the immigration agent your reason for seeking permission to travel, and if they are happy with your reason, they grant it on the spot. You receive a 3 month visa valid (usually) from the day you apply. You need to be back in Australia by the expiry of BVB.

It really depends on what sort of visa you are waiting for. If it is a visa that is usually granted in <6 months and you have been waiting <6 months you may be denied unless you tell them you have a close family member who is sick or has died, or it is vital for you to travel for work (and provide letter from your employer). If you are waiting a long time for a visa (>12 months) you usually are granted BVB on the spot no questions asked.

So, it depends on why you want to travel and how long you have been waiting for. (And how nice the immigration agent you get is!!!!!!)


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Old 06-28-2012, 05:00 AM
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http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/1006.pdf
This is the form you need to fill out and give to immigration. It has space to write your reason for seeking permission to travel.
And remember if you are overseas for >14 days you need to give them an overseas address (and change it when you get back).


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Great, thank you for your help! I'm waiting on approval of a defacto visa, It was submitted last October and they have quoted 9 months - 1 year processing time. I've tried to follow up but was told I need to wait until October because they probably haven't even began the processing yet. So, It's sort of cutting it close to when I expected to hear back about my de facto visa, but hopefully they will allow me to go home without any problems!
I will have a look at that form - Thanks again!


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Great, just say it is a very close friend/family member getting married and you're part of the bridal party - spin some story - you should be fine.

Your only problem may be if they suddenly decide to grant your visa while you're back home - you'll need to be able to get back to Oz in a hurry (I'm assuming you applied for 820 onshore). Wouldn't want to keep immigration waiting!!!! ;-)


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Great, just say it is a very close friend/family member getting married and you're part of the bridal party - spin some story - you should be fine.

Your only problem may be if they suddenly decide to grant your visa while you're back home - you'll need to be able to get back to Oz in a hurry (I'm assuming you applied for 820 onshore). Wouldn't want to keep immigration waiting!!!! ;-)
Oh no you have me worried now - I was under the impression that once you apply for a BVB they put your substantial visa app on hold?

Do you mean that they could potentially grant my visa while I'm home, and I need to be here to accept it or something? Because my flights are booked both ways, and I don't want to leave back to Australia in a hurry just to accept my visa.. It seems a bit ridiculous that I would have to wait a year to hear from them, but as soon as they're ready to grant it I have to drop everything and pay for a $2,000 flight back to Oz?


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Hi - no they won't put your application on hold just cause you hold a BVB. If you are outside the country and your case officer is ready to make a decision, they will contact you and ask for your return date to Australia. But they are general reasonable when it comes to giving you plenty of time to return. Just keep an open dialog with your case officer and as long as you don't return more than say 3 months from when the case officer contacts you, you should be fine

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Hi - no they won't put your application on hold just cause you hold a BVB. If you are outside the country and your case officer is ready to make a decision, they will contact you and ask for your return date to Australia. But they are general reasonable when it comes to giving you plenty of time to return. Just keep an open dialog with your case officer and as long as you don't return more than say 3 months from when the case officer contacts you, you should be fine
Hi myaccessaustralia, thanks for your response (and sorry for my delay). I thought that might be the case and I think I will be fine as I'm only going to be gone for a total of a month. One last question - Do you know if you need to make an appointment? And how many days before you leave is wise to go? (Ok that was 2 questions). I think I read somewhere that once they approve your BVB you only have 28 days to leave - so Is it best to wait until closer to the departure date?


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Doesn't matter when you apply, you don't need appointment but best to show up first thing in the morning before opening time or you might be waiting for ages... They'll ask you when you're applying if you'll be overseas for more than 14 days and you'll have to give them your overseas address.


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Only other thing that I would add to russellie's is that you need to take your travel itinerary with you, and the fee is $125. I'd also pre-complete form 1005 (http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/1005.pdf) to save some time.

Also, your BVB will have an expiry date, so when you return to Aus, you need to apply for a BVA again which doesn't have an expire date. Cause if you let your BVB expire and you hold no other visa, your are unlawfully in Aus

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