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Old 06-21-2019, 04:37 PM
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I am on-shore and have lodged a student visa (still waiting for DHA decision) attending Uni this July 2019.

Upon application, I was granted with a BVA (which will only take effect after my Tourist Visa expires on Sept 2019), now I'm planning on travelling back to my home country to get all my stuff and come back to Australia after 1-2 days.

The question is, do I have to apply for BVB so I can leave and re-enter, or I can still use my current (Active) substantive visa (which is Tourist Visa) to re-enter Australia?


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Old 06-22-2019, 12:41 AM
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You go by the conditions of your current visa, which is the tourist visa. If that visa allows you to reenter in the timeframe you're expecting to, then you can use it to do so.

If you're cutting it close, it'd be best to apply for a BVB in case of unexpected delays that would stop you from being able to return before your visa expires. Though is doesn't sound like the case with you based on what you posted.

Also keep in mind that when you're onshore, your tourist visa's expiry will be the length of the stay period. Below is just an example of dates and numbers I'm making up as I don't have the information of your particular tourist visa.

Multi-entry visa
Stay period: maximum 3 month stay
Expiry: 01 Sep 2019
Must not arrive after: 01 Sep 2019

If you arrive in the country on 01 July 2019, you get a three month stay period, meaning your visa will not expire until after 01 Oct 2019 (regardless of what the expiry says... that's for when you're offshore). So your bridging visa won't go into effect until after this date when the current visa ceases. That's important to understand so you can make sure you comply with the conditions of your current visa (for example, no work, max 3 month study, whatever it may be listed on your grant letter).


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Old 06-23-2019, 11:50 AM
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You go by the conditions of your current visa, which is the tourist visa. If that visa allows you to reenter in the timeframe you're expecting to, then you can use it to do so.

If you're cutting it close, it'd be best to apply for a BVB in case of unexpected delays that would stop you from being able to return before your visa expires. Though is doesn't sound like the case with you based on what you posted.

Also keep in mind that when you're onshore, your tourist visa's expiry will be the length of the stay period. Below is just an example of dates and numbers I'm making up as I don't have the information of your particular tourist visa.

Multi-entry visa
Stay period: maximum 3 month stay
Expiry: 01 Sep 2019
Must not arrive after: 01 Sep 2019

If you arrive in the country on 01 July 2019, you get a three month stay period, meaning your visa will not expire until after 01 Oct 2019 (regardless of what the expiry says... that's for when you're offshore). So your bridging visa won't go into effect until after this date when the current visa ceases. That's important to understand so you can make sure you comply with the conditions of your current visa (for example, no work, max 3 month study, whatever it may be listed on your grant letter).
Thanks for the detailed information. Yes my tourist visa is still actually valid until Oct 2019, got multiple entries (3 mos max per entry) so I suppose there shouldn't be an issue travelling out and entering back Australia in July.

However just curious, what exactly should I be declaring when entering back? Should I tick the main purpose is to Study on the incoming passenger declaration card?


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Old 06-24-2019, 01:54 AM
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I never have a clue with those cards.


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