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Danegirl, our case was similar to yours - my partner was on a student visa and wanted to go to visit family in Europe before his student visa expired. We checked extensively with immigration and the consistent response was that my partner would be able to travel (and return) on this student visa. Provided he was re-granted a BVA after his return and before his student visa expired, there would be no issue.

In our case however there was only a matter of days between his return and the expiry of his student visa. We weren't really comfortable with the idea of only having 4 days to get a new BVA so he got a BVB before he left. We applied in person at immigration in Sydney and the guy behind the desk didn't hesitate to give him a 6 month BVB. It might be that our case is very unusual, but I thought I'd share our experience anyway.

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Danegirl, our case was similar to yours - my partner was on a student visa and wanted to go to visit family in Europe before his student visa expired. We checked extensively with immigration and the consistent response was that my partner would be able to travel (and return) on this student visa. Provided he was re-granted a BVA after his return and before his student visa expired, there would be no issue.

In our case however there was only a matter of days between his return and the expiry of his student visa. We weren't really comfortable with the idea of only having 4 days to get a new BVA so he got a BVB before he left. We applied in person at immigration in Sydney and the guy behind the desk didn't hesitate to give him a 6 month BVB. It might be that our case is very unusual, but I thought I'd share our experience anyway.
Fantastic, thank you! We get back mid-January and his visa expires in March, so plenty of time to get it reinstated.

How do we go about this, by the way? Apply in person at DIBP or do is there a form for him to fill out and send away?


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Fantastic, thank you! We get back mid-January and his visa expires in March, so plenty of time to get it reinstated.

How do we go about this, by the way? Apply in person at DIBP or do is there a form for him to fill out and send away?
Hi, this is the form: http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/1005.pdf

You will be applying "to replace a ceased bridging visa". Looks like you can lodge in person or by post.

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Thanks everyone for your help I want to go visit my family in the UK asap after the New Year and it's reassuring to know that you can apply for the bridging visa b. How long does it generally take for them to get back to you with a decision after you have sent an application for the bridging visa b?

Also what happens when I come back to Australia? Will my bridging visa A automatically take effect again and replace bridging visa B? My concern is that if I go back home for a few weeks then come back to Melbourne and they refuse my entry..I would hate for that to happen!


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I'm not sure how long it takes them to let you know your BVB has been granted - if there's an office near you, I know you can do it in person. so if you're close, that might be preferable. They won't refuse you entry when you come back. When you're back onshore, just give immigration a call and your BVA will be reinstated.

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I'm not sure how long it takes them to let you know your BVB has been granted - if there's an office near you, I know you can do it in person. so if you're close, that might be preferable. They won't refuse you entry when you come back. When you're back onshore, just give immigration a call and your BVA will be reinstated.
Thanks CollegeGirl for getting back to me I live about 30 minutes away from Melbourne city by train and i'm pretty sure there's an immigration office there. Would I need to book an appointment to see someone about getting the bridging visa granted? And also, I want to visit home early next year (maybe March or April time) and I also want to go home for Christmas next year too, is it possible to apply for another bridging visa near December time? I wasn't sure if there's a limit on how many bridging visas you can apply for in a year.


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I'm not aware of any limit. And I don't *think* you need an appointment - but you could always call and ask.

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I looked on the immigration website about the bridging visa and it doesn't say if you can apply for more than one bridging visa in the same year, as for the time period to apply for one, it states the following:

"You should apply for your BVB no more than three months, and not less than two weeks, before the date on which you want to travel.

Some visas can only be granted while you are in Australia. If you apply for a BVB too far in advance of your travel, it may be difficult for the department to assess whether your substantive visa will be ready for decision.

If you leave it until the last minute to apply for a BVB, you risk not being granted a BVB before you are due to leave Australia. If this happens, you might not hold a visa that allows you to return to Australia. You would then have to apply for and be granted a substantive visa before you could return to Australia. There is no guarantee that you would be granted a visa.

It sounds to me like they try to pull you along on a piece of string! Why can't they be more specific about how early/late to apply for a bridging visa?! Three months is very vast while two weeks is no time at all. I'm not sure what to do about what dates to request to travel...do I book flights so I can let Immigration know my dates of travel? Or do I apply early and then hope that I can get a flight on those specific dates? It's a bit confusing. I mean what if I request certain dates on the form and then I can't get a flight on those dates?

Has anyone on here applied for a bridging visa B to visit family back home after they sent off their Partner 820 application? And if so what did you do in terms of booking flights etc? Any advice would be welcome


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