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Old 11-22-2013, 07:02 AM
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Bridging Visa B application - just a little experience sharing

Hi all,

I need to return to my home country next month for less than two weeks to visit my family and handle some errands, so I went to the immigration office in Sydney (Lee Street) yesterday to apply for a Bridging Visa B.

The officer at the counter said they no longer approve/reject BVB on the spot, thus they no longer accept payment by debit card at the counter as well. She added that it would take 1-2 working days for other officers at the back office to review one's application for a BVB. (This is contrary to what I read from this forum - about being granted a BVB on the spot - so I thought I might just share this with people who intend to apply for a BVB.)

Just about two hours ago, I received an email from the immigration department, saying that they have granted a BVB to me with immediate effect. So the officer was right in that it would take only 1-2 working days.

A positive surprise is that they gave me a multiple-entry BVB that can be used for travelling within 6 months from today. I am really happy because that means I don't have to pay for another $140 if I intended to travel out of Australia again before May 2014. FIY, I did not write anything special in my application form. I just filled in the form normally stating that I am visiting my family and to handle some errands.

Just like BVA, the BVB gives me full working rights without restrictions, and it is valid until a decision is made on my application for Partner Visa 820.

Just a little sharing with those of you who have questions about BVB.


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This is the second BVB we've heard of recently with a six-month multiple entry condition. Interesting! I wonder if they're going to be giving these out more given the long processing times onshore now. Congrats!

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Thanks heaps for sharing, I was planning a 7 hour trip to Sydney to apply in person for a BVB but if I can't even get it granted on the spot then there's not much point. So you've saved me time and money - thank you!
I'm hoping these longer BVBs are becoming the standard now - fingers crossed I'm as lucky as you!
Did you supply any evidence with your application?

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Thanks CollegeGirl! :-) The multiple-entry "allowance" in a 6-month period is indeed very good!

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Hi adm6,

I'm glad this post is helpful to you. And yes, please don't spend the money travelling so far to Sydney. Just apply maybe at least 3 weeks before your intended departure date - that gives you 1 week to make sure your form reach them, and another two weeks as the latest timeframe you should apply.

No evidence is needed in the application. Just fill in Form 1006 (no changes in Nov, just use the same old form designed in July this year - you can see at the bottom of the form pages), and make sure your payment method is NOT by debit card.

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I was actually planning to apply 3 months before, as I want to be able to organise my trip and book flights but don't really want to do that until I get the BVB granted. I hope they don't grant it effective immediately if I do that though!


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It is probably old news for everyone. I applied BVB in person in May 2012 and was granted the visa on the spot with 6 months multiple-entry. I don't know whether that was because It was urgent for me to go overseas or they were just nicer back then. In the end, I didn't even need the BVB because the 820 visa was granted two days before I left aus I paid $120 for nothing lol

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hi ccpro,

It was too bad the $120 was wasted. It would be strange to say that I don't want to get my 820 that early but I really hope my $140 won't be wasted. LOL

I submitted my application for 820 in early October, so the officer at the counter told me she was very sure that I would not get my 820 anytime soon.


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I was granted with a BVB with 6 months multiple entry in May this year.


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Hi Guys,

It's good that most of you who posted got a 6mth BVB.

I applied for mine on 30/Aug/2013 (Friday), didn't get it on the spot.
The officer at the DIAC said I should receive the approval within the same day by email. I waited till 3/Sept/2013 (Tuesday), but still no email came in notifying me of the BVB approval.

So, i called DIAC and the customer care consultant told me that it's been approved in the system. She activated my VEVO for me and told me to check the status in VEVO. So i checked the status on VEVO and true, its been approved. However, no email was sent notifying me of the BVB approval (as informed to me during application). And my BVB was only valid for 3mths effective from application date.

*Note: i was told by DIAC that if BVB is applied within 2 weeks of intended travel date, they will approve it almost immediately(or within 1-2days).
And application within 2 weeks of intended travel date is more desirable for DIAC.
I went in to DIAC to apply for my BVB in Mid August, but they sent me home and told me to submit my application end of Aug when it's just within 2 weeks of my intended travel date.
**Not sure if this rule still applies now(since things change often), but that's what happened to me. So, just thought of sharing my BVB application experience with you guys

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