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Bridging Visa WA questions

Hi all, today I was granted my Bridging Visa WA which is basically the Bridging Visa A with work rights. I'm so happy that my husband and I face less financial stress while we await the decision on the 820 visa.

One thing I'd like to ask though: how many of you had this approved without submitting the Form 1005? Elated but confused as I was told that the conditions from my TR 676 Visa would be carried over to the bridging visa. There was a No Work condition before.

Also, how long does it take until immigration updates their database with your new visa grant number? I tried looking up my status in VEVO but it appears that it's yet to be updated?

Any advice would be heaps appreciated

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Hi Claire -
The application for many substantive visas in Australia, including the 820/801 onshore partner visa application, also include an application for a Bridging Visa, so typically you're granted one automatically as part of the partner visa application process. The key is that the bridging visa activates automatically upon expiration of your previous visa, so until that happens, you are still in Australia and bound by the conditions of your previous visa. Normally a partner visa applicant is granted a BV-A (Bridging Visa A) with full work rights. If for any reason your BV-A grant includes any sort of restriction on work rights (read the "Conditions" area of your BV-A grant letter for this), you can apply to have that condition removed if you can demonstrate that any restriction on working would create a financial hardship. But it's now rare to see a BV-A with work restrictions, especially for a partner visa - and it's not a huge deal to have any restrictions removed usually.

Hope this helps - good luck with your case!

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Hi Mark, thanks for the response.

My previous visa expires in April 2013. Does this mean that my BV-A will only go into effect then? That is a long time to wait till I can work, do you know if there is any way I can get on my BV-A before then?

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Hi Claire -

This can be a confusing area. Generally a visitor visa is good for one or more 3-month stays in Australia over a 6 or 12 month period. You may or may not be allowed multiple entries.

If you wish to have your BV activate prior to the expiration date of your visa, first make certain that your bridging visa (BV) has been issued. Then, all you need to do is to remain in Australia past the 3-month limit of a stay and your visitor visa should expire and the BV will activate. You can check this on VEVO online to make sure the BV has activated. If it has not, you need to contact DIAC Immediately to advise them .

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