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Bridging Visa A to Bridging Visa B?

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Old 01-02-2013, 10:52 AM
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Bridging Visa A to Bridging Visa B?

Hi guys,

So I applied for my De Facto (801/820) visa on the 2nd of November in Brisbane, and I haven't heard anything yet (aside from the confirmation email). They said I'll probably have to wait up to a year
Anyway, I was wanting to travel to South Africa in March for a month, but I'm worried my BVB will get rejected, and I don't want to book my ticket yet, but I want to book now so I don't have to pay a fortune to get a ticket. I see a lot of people saying that it is valid for 3 months but I can't find anywhere on IMMI that says that? Can anyone show me?

Has anyone had theirs refused?

I'm going for a family reunion, I haven't seen my sister in a year, and my parents in two years, they're coming down from the UK and my sister is coming down from Canada.

I was wondering, should I apply for it now, if it lasts for 3 months, I should be back in Australia at the end of March so if I wait a week or two from now, it should be okay?

I know what form to fill in, but do I have to show them any evidence? If so, evidence of what?

Any advice or help would be great.
Thank you guys!

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Old 01-02-2013, 11:07 AM
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Hi Ebolarama -

There is no set period for BV-B's to be approved for - it's based on the proposed trip. Typically they're granted for 0 to 3 months, depending on the applicant's reasons for the trip - the key is that the trip needs to be seen as a temporary departure from Australia, not living outside Australia while the visa is being processed. We generally advise clients to apply for the BV-B 2-4 weeks in advance of their trip, although it can be applied for longer in advance than that. Case officer's (or counter officer in some locations) decision has lots of flexibility in it for this visa. Try to come up with as many important/compelling reasons for the trip as possible. No specific evidence required for this visa other than the reasons you are applying for travel outside Australia.

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