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Old 02-27-2020, 12:53 AM
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I have a 188A visa granted 4 years ago for my family of 4. In early 2019, application for 888A was lodged. All my family member except me was granted bridging visa A, because I was overseas when 888A was lodged.

I just notice my 188A visa was expired this year on 23 February, and I am currently still in Australia. Can I still apply a bridging visa A in Australia now? I plan to apply for a bridging visa B later, so that I can travel overseas again.

If I cannot apply for bridging visa A anymore, what are the other options available? 888A is taking so long to be processed.

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Alex.


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From what you have posted you could be in a very serious position.
To granted a bridging visa A you must lodge an onshore application that can be granted onshore. May I suggest that you consult one of the registered migration agents who posts on this forum for advice about your possible strategies?

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Old 02-27-2020, 01:58 AM
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From what you have posted you could be in a very serious position.
To granted a bridging visa A you must lodge an onshore application that can be granted onshore. May I suggest that you consult one of the registered migration agents who posts on this forum for advice about your possible strategies?
Hi Westly,

Thank you for your reply.

I have spoken with three migration agents. But it seems I am getting inconsistent replies.

One says I can only apply Bridging Visa A while still holding the 188A visa (before it expires). Another agent says as long as I "have held" a substantive visa (which is YES) and the 888A visa was applied while I was still on 188A visa, then I should be able to apply for a Bridging Visa A.

That is why I am a bit confused and come to this mighty forum. I have seen great information on this forum before. But, I couldn't seem to find information regarding my situation.

Regarding "To granted a bridging visa A you must lodge an onshore application that can be granted onshore", I though all internet application is regarded as onshore (especially the main applicant was onshore when the application was made)? The 888A visa certainly can be granted onshore. So, does it mean a bridging visa A, if applied now, is likely to be granted?

Again, really appreciate your reply. Any information would be really appreciated.


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Old 02-27-2020, 04:01 AM
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To lodge an onshore application the applicant must be physically onshore.
Any of the RMAs who post on this forum could probably sort it for you.

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Old 02-27-2020, 08:46 PM
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I can't comment on the advice from the other migration agents, but if Westly says you may have a serious issue, then I'd take that information and act on it by arranging a consultation with him or one of the other migration agents who post on this forum.

If your visa has already expired, you are now in Australia illegally and that may bar you from applying onshore for anything other than a Bridging Visa E which is less than ideal for most people.

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