Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a bridging visa?

A bridging visa is a temporary visa which enables a non-citizen to remain lawfully in Australia even though they do not hold a substantive visa. A bridging visa may be granted in the following circumstances:

  • a non-citizen has made an application for a substantive visa which has not yet been determined;
  • a non-citizen applied for revocation of an automatic student visa cancellation;
  • a non-citizen applied for a merits review of a decision to refuse an application for a substantive visa, of a decision to cancel a visa, or of a decision not to revoke a cancellation;
  • a non-citizen has applied for judicial review of a decision in relation to a substantive visa;
  • a non-citizen is awaiting the outcome of a request for the exercise of the Minister’s intervention powers;
  • a non-citizen is in criminal detention; or
  • a non-citizen is making arrangements to depart Australia.

The requirements for making an application for a bridging visa will vary according to the circumstances in which the visa is being sought. There are five different classes of bridging visas.


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