A Bridging visa D (BVD) is required for staying in Australia temporarily if a person’s substantive visa validity has ended before they are granted a new visa, or they are in the process of making arrangements to go out of Australia. If a person without a visa is in Australia, they are considered to be unlawfully living as non-citizens. Many issues can occur out of this situation, such as-
- The risk of being detained and deported from Australia
- There may not be any other visa granted to the person for three years after they leave Australia
- They could be under debt to the government of Australia for the deportation cost
The bridging visa D would permit a person to stay lawfully for a short period in Australia. The period of this visa would provide sufficient time to the person so that they can apply for a substantive visa, make arrangements to leave Australia or be granted a BVE (bridging visa E). Therefore, this visa works appropriately for all non-citizens who are unlawfully living in Australia, and are unable to apply for a substantive visa or do not intend to do so.
This visa consists of two subclasses of applicants:
- Prospective – This is for an unlawful non-citizen living in Australia or someone likely to become one in 3 working days, and hopes to apply for a substantive visa without being able to do so eventually. For instance, in a case where the form used has been incorrect or the charges for the application have not been paid correctly. In such a scenario, a Bridging Visa D would be granted for 5 working days to permit the person to make a valid application.
It must be noted that only a total of two visas could be granted for the above, as a substantive visa has been held by the applicant previously.
- Non-applicant – This is for a non-citizen unlawfully living in Australia, who is not being able to or intending to apply for a substantive visa. There is probably no availability of any authorized officers to interview the person to check their eligibility for a BVE. In such situations, a BVD is sanctioned for 5 working days during which the non-citizen has to be interviewed by the department’s office or leave the country.
The application process for a Bridging Visa D:
The circumstances under which a person seeks the bridging visa (BV) determine the requirements for its application.
Applying for a substantive visa
An application validly made for a substantive visa in Australia would also normally be a bridging visa application. It would be unnecessary to apply for a different bridging visa if there has been an application made for a substantive visa on a form that is also a form authorized for making an application of a bridging visa.
It must be noted that when a bridging visa is issued for keeping a non-citizen as lawful while the application of a substantive visa is under consideration, it would cease to incase the application for a substantive visa is found to be invalid. Such a case would be notified through a letter that would mention the cessation of the bridging visa to be 28 days after the issuance of that letter.
Review of merits
If a merits review has been applied by a non- citizen for refusal decided on their application for a substantive visa within the time limits relevant to it, and a bridging visa is held during the time of application processing by the DIC (Department of Immigration and Citizenship), the bridging visa would continue to be in force while the merits review is in process. It would be unnecessary to make an application for a new BV in such a scenario. It would be effective to make a separate application if the proceedings of the merits review are related to a decision of canceling the visa or where it has been decided to not let there be a revocation of a cancellation.
Address of residence
One has to provide the address of the place which is intended by them for their stay at the time of the application dealing. If a person is not able to provide a residential address in their application, such an application would be treated as invalid. APO box (post office box) address would not be accepted as their residential address.
Requirements of the bridging visa D
One can apply for the BVD if they:
- Are unlawful non-citizens or would become one in 3 working days. And they want to apply for a substantive visa but are unable to do so
- Are unlawful non-citizens not able to or not to make an application for a substantive visa. Also, an officer of authority is not present for interviewing them to check their eligibility for a BVE (Bridging Visa E)
Decisions related to the cancellation or refusal of a visa can usually be reviewed under the Migration Act. If there is a refusal to the application for a BV or a person’s BV is canceled, they would be given reasons in writing and informed about their rights to get such a decision reviewed. You can take help of any migration agent perth.
A bridging visa D requires all family members to fulfill the requirements for eligibility and to fill out an application form correctly and completely. The person(s) applying or included are required to be in Australia at the time of lodging the application and also when the visa is decided upon or issued. There has to be a police verification of all those included in the application who are 16 years old or above. All applicants and those included in an application must have the necessary health insurance that would be able to cover any medical emergencies during their stay. The visa would be linked to the passport and there would be no label on the passport of the visa holder.