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Old 04-15-2011, 03:25 PM
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i have recently just applied for a visitor visa as my student visa will expire in April 28 but my graduation ceremony will be held in May 10 so i need apply for visitor visa to stay longer. However, i received an email back from my case officer asking for additional document which is employment letter and also ask me to do health check up again. These things must be done within 7 days and now it's 3 days passed.

Moreover, it says in the email that i am now granted a bridging visa type A and it says the bridging visa will be in effect for 28 days after i am notified the result of my visitor application.

The thing is i am kinda fed up with staying here plus the health check up costs a lot to me and i really want to go back to my home country. I have some questions which i have asked my case officer but she didn't really answer it which are;

1. if i prefer to stay on the bridging visa which will exactly cover through my graduation ceremony day, what should i do? should i ask the case officer to cease my visitor visa application? or should i just not submit those additional documents and wait for my visa gets rejected? i don't really have plan to come back here any time soon so i don't really care if it is a bad record for me entering to Australia next time

2. If i get my visitor visa rejected, will it be more likely that my bridging visa will be ceased as well? In my understanding, my bridging visa will be effective after i receive a refusal visa so that i have 28 days in be in the country. Is that correct?

Thanks a lot for reading. I am kinda frustrated and worried as i really want to stay here at least to attend the ceremony.


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Old 04-16-2011, 04:14 AM
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Hi Bambidear!

A bridging visa is for people who have submitted a visa application and are waiting for the outcome. The bridging visa will be valid until you get advised in writing of the outcome of your tourist visa application.

Once you get an outcome for your tourist visa application, you either go onto the tourist visa (if it's accepted) or, you have 28 days to leave the country (if it's rejected).

It seems to me that if you choose not to submit the extra documents and you have your application rejected, you still have 28 days to leave Australia from the date you are advised of the outcome.

Even if you get the outcome on Monday 18th April, you'll have 28 days to legally be in Australia on your bridging visa.

This will get you past your graduation date, correct?

To answer your second question, your bridging visa will cease if you get your visitor visa rejected, but remember, you will still have 28 days to leave the country!

Good luck!

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