Urgent Bridging visa B advice
Hi guys, my partner who is awaiting processing of her 820 partner visa has received some bad news from the UK.
Her mum has been told she has incurable lung cancer and my partner would like to visit her before she passes away.
At this stage we don't know when that will be.
I spoke to someone in immigration this morning but she seemed fairly clueless and she told me we need a letter from my partners doctor explaining her illness. That would be the supporting document we'd need to be granted the partner visa.
Is this correct? And how do we manage flights, book knowing the visa will be granted or not book until it is?
HI Jazzy, sorry to hear about that. If your panter is currently on bridginf visa A, you have to apply bridging visa B before you go overseas.
I applied that previously, it took around 1 wk until granted, of course you could tell Immi your situation and see if they coud prioritise bridging visa B application.
Hope it helps
Did you have to supply much evidence with your visa application?
They didn't request any evidence when I applied in Jan 2017. I just simply filled in an application form and paid, IMMI soon issued and granted.
The 820 application will be suspended when your partner overseas, I think you may check with IMMI how long your partner could stay oversea with on bridging visa B.
if it’s emergency, apply for bridging visa b for your partner.
Some times they will grant it in 48hours.
You can write a letter regarding the current situation and urgency to be in Uk. They will give you at least 3 months min. BV B(unlimited travel).
Meanwhile use the visa and once he’s there he can create documents and submit it to the immigration.*** But make sure he’s back in aus before bridging visa b expires**
I have also seen some post where people have lived in different country due to parent health issues and were requested to come back when their application was decision ready. One person got BvB for 1 years
My BVB grant was for 6 months(reason for travel: meeting friends and family) I had even mentioned 2 months stay period but they gave it for 6 months.
Meanwhile you will have to inform immigration about his new address(if applicant is staying in different address for more then 14 days).
All cases are different so make sure you ask some experienced agent.
Just got off the phone with the immi dept.
They really have been next to useless in all honesty.
Following guidelines obviously, but they can't tell me much at all.
All they say is don't book your flights until the visa is granted.
It could take weeks.
They also asked for as much supporting documentation as possible.
A letter from her mums doctor for instance.
So i guess that will have to be sought and sent to us from the UK before we can apply for the visa.
In terms of the original question: if the travel is urgent, put in the application now and explain the situation fully, including explaining the urgency. You can say you have asked for a doctorís letter and will upload that as and when received.
My husband's Bridging Visa B was granted quite quickly, we applied on 29 May and it was granted the following day. We submitted a stat dec saying why we were travelling, our itinerary and a screen shot of the registration on Smart Traveller.
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