Yikes - 820 just submitted, can I still travel tomorrow on the existing ETA?

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Yikes - 820 just submitted, can I still travel tomorrow on the existing ETA?


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Old 12-08-2019, 11:46 AM
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Question Yikes - 820 just submitted, can I still travel tomorrow on the existing ETA?

So, I have seen here a few threads (most recently in Jan last year with reassuring comments from CCMS) and checked and double-checked with our immigration agent (no longer our agent as we could not communicate effectively) confirming that we could submit the partner visa application onshore (820) and then fly out of Australia and back again on the existing ETA.

A few minutes ago we submitted the 820 application. The Bridging Visa (A) was granted immediately but the status is not active yet (as per when I click through for the info).

However I'm having a panic attack because the message says
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"Important: An applicant who wishes to travel outside Australia before their application is decided must hold a Bridging Visa B."
Does this represent a change in approach? Or does it mean
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"Once the BV(A) has kicked in, an applicant who wishes to travel outside Australia before their application is decided must hold a Bridging Visa B."?
Any reassurance from someone who has seen this and then travelled successfully out of Australia and back in on a ETA would be really appreciated. Our flights are tomorrow (Monday) so if we are going to panic we need to panic immediately!!


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My understanding is it is the second meaning, but to be 100% certain try checking with a MARA agent, these folks provide free advice:

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If your ETA is in force, when you depart and when you return you will be ok.

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My understanding is it is the second meaning, but to be 100% certain try checking with a MARA agent, these folks provide free advice:

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A BVB comes into effect when:
  • it is granted (if your substantive visa has ceased since applying for the BVB or where the BVB is more beneficial than your current bridging visa)
  • your current substantive visa ceases


As the previous poster pointed out ,as long as your ETA is still valid and you return before the last entry date, you will not require a BVB. If your ETA will expire while you are overseas, you should not leave Australia without a BVB in place.They are routinely granted for up to 12 months at the moment.

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Thanks all for your reassurances. You can imagine my concern when I read that message from DHA.

Just to add what I have found in the meantime:

(1) There is a comment on the DHA page explaining bridging visas, which says

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If your substantive visa is still valid
You can hold a substantive visa and a BVB at the same time. If you still hold a substantive visa that lets you leave Australia and return, but you think it might expire before you re-enter Australia, you might still choose to apply for a BVB and wait until it is granted before you travel.
So that sounds OK.

(2) VEVO shows the ETA as still valid for entry up until late next year.

So that sounds OK too.


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