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Bridging Visa A & B

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Old 03-09-2011, 12:07 PM
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Bridging Visa A & B


I've applied for a partner visa (currently in Australia, lodged application here, originally from the UK), and got acknowledgment of my application jsut before Christmas. I'm currently on a working holiday visa, and my acknowledgement letter says they've issued me with a Bridging Visa A (which will kick in then the current visa ends i nabout 3 weeks time). I've double checked with the department, and been told that Bridging Visa A has the same terms as the Working Holiday Visa for me, as that's what it's bridging from. My sister is getting married in October back in the UK, and with the backlog with applications and everything I don't know if my residency will be sorted by then (assuming I get residency). If I assume that my residency isn't sorted, do we think my only sisters wedding counts as a compelling reason to leave the country? Also, on my return to Australia, I would be granted a Bridging Visa B - what would the terms of this visa be? How long is it? (apparently my Bridging Visa A is valid until a decision is made). Would I still be able to work on Bridging Visa B?

Also, does anyone know if the dept demands that anyone on a partner visa has an onward flight to leave Australia? I really don't want to have to spend money on a flight back out again, as I'm planning to stay.


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You'll find the details for the Bridging Visas Freya @ and in general terms
Same conditions with a BVB as for a BVA and you should be OK re getting a BVB for your Sister's wedding, perhaps the Partner visa through by then anyway.
The BVB kicks in from date you apply for it so do not go applying too early for they're only good for three months and on expiry you'll revert back to the BVA.
And only a flight back in will be OK or a return flight originating from here, Australian Travel Agent : Best Flights Online Travel Agency Australia indicating cheap flights into Stansted OK via Malaysia with Air Asia for period September to December.

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