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Bridging visa B - need advice please :)

Hey everyone,

I am applying for the 820/801 partner visa early December this year and would ideally love to go visit my family in the UK early 2014 (i'm thinking as soon as I have enough money for a flight) and for Christmas 2014. I have been told that the bridging visa B allows you to leave Australia for travel and I just have a few questions...sorry to be a pain!

How would I go about getting a bridging visa B?
Do I need to apply for it before I send off my partner visa or before I want to travel?
Can I leave Australia more than once on a bridging visa B?
How long can I go to the UK on the bridging visa B?
And also how much does it cost?

Any advice would be appreciated

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Hey everyone,

I am applying for the 820/801 partner visa early December this year and would ideally love to go visit my family in the UK early 2014 (i'm thinking as soon as I have enough money for a flight) and for Christmas 2014. I have been told that the bridging visa B allows you to leave Australia for travel and I just have a few questions...sorry to be a pain!

How would I go about getting a bridging visa B?
Do I need to apply for it before I send off my partner visa or before I want to travel?
Can I leave Australia more than once on a bridging visa B?
How long can I go to the UK on the bridging visa B?
And also how much does it cost?

Any advice would be appreciated

Shell.
1. See: Bridging visa B - BVB - (subclass 020)

2. You only apply BV B while you are on another BV. In your case would be BV A. So, you apply before you want to travel. I think you only apply when it is very close to your departure date (3 weeks, I heard).

3. One BV B can only be used once, not a multiple entry visa. You need to apply for another one if you want to travel again.

4. I think the standard is 3 months, but you can ask for longer if you have a good reason.

5. See link above.

DIBP website is a good source of info. Use the search function on the top right hand corner.


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Hey everyone,

I am applying for the 820/801 partner visa early December this year and would ideally love to go visit my family in the UK early 2014 (i'm thinking as soon as I have enough money for a flight) and for Christmas 2014. I have been told that the bridging visa B allows you to leave Australia for travel and I just have a few questions...sorry to be a pain!

How would I go about getting a bridging visa B?
You either apply via post or (preferable, if you're close enough) go in person to the nearest Processing Centre to you in Australia.

More info: Bridging visa B - BVB - (subclass 020)

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Do I need to apply for it before I send off my partner visa or before I want to travel?
You do not apply for it until AFTER your Bridging Visa A has kicked in (so after you have applied onshore for your 820/801) and before your travel (they suggest two weeks to three months before you travel).

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Can I leave Australia more than once on a bridging visa B?
No.

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How long can I go to the UK on the bridging visa B?
Generally, they grant them for up to three months stay outside Australia.

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And also how much does it cost?
$140.

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Dang it, GBP and I were typing at the same time again. lol

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I have a quick enquiry about the BVB:

My partner is on a student visa until March 2014 and we will be applying for 820/801 in November 2013. We have tickets booked to go to Europe to spend Xmas/New Years with his family in Dec/Jan.

My question is - does he need to apply for a BVB, despite the fact that he will still be allowed to enter and leave the country on his student visa until March 2014? Because I read (however can't remember where) that if he leaves the country, his BVA will automatically be cancelled despite the fact that it doesn't officially come into force until March 2014, and we don't want him to be here illegally after that with no bridging visa at all.

Or is there some way that he can apply for the reinstatement of his BVA if it is automatically cancelled after he leaves the country in December and returns in January?

Or am I remembering wrong, and leaving the country does not cancel the later existence of the BVA?


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My question is - does he need to apply for a BVB, despite the fact that he will still be allowed to enter and leave the country on his student visa until March 2014? Because I read (however can't remember where) that if he leaves the country, his BVA will automatically be cancelled despite the fact that it doesn't officially come into force until March 2014, and we don't want him to be here illegally after that with no bridging visa at all.
I believe this is correct and he need to apply for a BV B. But I'm not 100% sure.


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Hey everyone,
How would I go about getting a bridging visa B?
Do I need to apply for it before I send off my partner visa or before I want to travel?
Can I leave Australia more than once on a bridging visa B?
How long can I go to the UK on the bridging visa B?
And also how much does it cost?

Any advice would be appreciated

Shell.
Hi Shell, all the others are correct on the above. However, I think you can leave Australia more than once on a Bridging Visa B. My partner applied for and got a BVB in August this year. His is multiple entry until February 2014 (ie for 6 months). They approved it on the spot without any issue, he cited family visit and Christmas trip as reasons for his travel.

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I have a quick enquiry about the BVB:

My partner is on a student visa until March 2014 and we will be applying for 820/801 in November 2013. We have tickets booked to go to Europe to spend Xmas/New Years with his family in Dec/Jan.

My question is - does he need to apply for a BVB, despite the fact that he will still be allowed to enter and leave the country on his student visa until March 2014? Because I read (however can't remember where) that if he leaves the country, his BVA will automatically be cancelled despite the fact that it doesn't officially come into force until March 2014, and we don't want him to be here illegally after that with no bridging visa at all.

Or is there some way that he can apply for the reinstatement of his BVA if it is automatically cancelled after he leaves the country in December and returns in January?

Or am I remembering wrong, and leaving the country does not cancel the later existence of the BVA?
Hi, my understanding is that he can leave and return on his student visa without the need of a BVB. Upon his return, he will have to apply for reinstatement of his BVA (because his BVA, even though it is not "active" yet, will be cancelled automatically upon him leaving). Applying for a reinstatement of a BVA is free.

Provided there is plenty of time between your partner's return and the expiry of his student visa, you will not need to apply for a BVB, because he can just get a new BVA upon his return. He will not be here illegally because his student visa will remain in place until March 2014. As long as he gets a new BVA between his return and the expiry of his student visa, he will be fine.

And you will save $140

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Hi Shell, all the others are correct on the above. However, I think you can leave Australia more than once on a Bridging Visa B. My partner applied for and got a BVB in August this year. His is multiple entry until February 2014 (ie for 6 months). They approved it on the spot without any issue, he cited family visit and Christmas trip as reasons for his travel.
Speedy, the BVB your partner got is very unusual. Most people don't get multiple entry BVBs, nor BVBs that last for more than three months.

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I have a quick enquiry about the BVB:

My partner is on a student visa until March 2014 and we will be applying for 820/801 in November 2013. We have tickets booked to go to Europe to spend Xmas/New Years with his family in Dec/Jan.

My question is - does he need to apply for a BVB, despite the fact that he will still be allowed to enter and leave the country on his student visa until March 2014? Because I read (however can't remember where) that if he leaves the country, his BVA will automatically be cancelled despite the fact that it doesn't officially come into force until March 2014, and we don't want him to be here illegally after that with no bridging visa at all.

Or is there some way that he can apply for the reinstatement of his BVA if it is automatically cancelled after he leaves the country in December and returns in January?

Or am I remembering wrong, and leaving the country does not cancel the later existence of the BVA?
I would check with immigration or a migration agent on this one.

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