The Bridging Visa B (BVB) Subclass 020 is a temporary visa allowing individuals in Australia to travel outside the country temporarily and return while their substantive visa application is under process. It is designed for those who need to travel due to compelling reasons, such as family emergencies or work commitments, without losing their visa application status.

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for a Bridging Visa B (BVB) Subclass 020:

  • Already Applied for a Substantive Visa: You must have applied for a substantive visa and hold a Bridging Visa A (BVA) or a Bridging Visa B (BVB) (if you have already applied for a BVB) while in Australia.
  • Compelling Reasons: You need to demonstrate compelling reasons, such as family emergencies or work commitments, requiring your travel outside Australia temporarily.

Application Process:

  1. Eligibility Assessment: Determine if you have compelling reasons for temporary travel. Consult with the Department of Home Affairs if you’re unsure about your eligibility.
  2. Complete Form 1006: Fill out the Bridging Visa B (BVB) application form (Form 1006) available on the official Department of Home Affairs website.
  3. Gather Required Documents: Prepare documents supporting your compelling reasons for travel, such as medical certificates, letters from employers, or family-related documents.
  4. Lodge the Application: Submit your completed Form 1006 and supporting documents to the Department of Home Affairs by mail, fax, or in person at a designated office.
  5. Pay the Application Fee: Pay the non-refundable application fee as specified by the Department of Home Affairs. Payment methods and fee amounts are usually outlined on the official website.
  6. Await Decision: Once submitted, your application will be processed. Decision times may vary based on individual circumstances.
  7. Travel and Return: If your BVB is approved, you can travel outside Australia within the specified dates and return before the visa expires.

Benefits:

  • Temporary Travel: Allows temporary travel outside Australia while maintaining your visa application status.
  • Return to Australia: Permits re-entry into Australia within the specified travel period without jeopardizing your visa application.
  • Continued Application: Your substantive visa application continues to be processed while you’re on a BVB.

FAQs:

Q: Can I work or study on a Bridging Visa B (BVB)?
A: BVB does not grant work or study rights. You can re-enter Australia temporarily, but you cannot engage in employment or academic activities during your stay.

Q: Can family members be included in a BVB application?
A: BVB is typically granted to the primary visa applicant. Family members’ eligibility is determined by the substantive visa applied for and its specific conditions.

Q: Can I extend a BVB if my travel plans change?
A: Extensions are rare and granted only under exceptional circumstances. It’s essential to consult with the Department of Home Affairs if your travel plans change.

Q: Is there a specific processing time for a BVB application?
A: Processing times vary based on individual circumstances. It’s recommended to apply well in advance of your intended travel date.

Q: Can I apply for a BVB if I haven’t applied for a substantive visa?
A: No, BVB is designed for individuals with pending substantive visa applications. You need a valid Bridging Visa A (BVA) or Bridging Visa B (BVB) to be eligible.

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