Bridging Visa C (Subclass 030) Australia

Bridging Visa C allows you as holder of Bridging Visa C to stay lawfully in Australia, while your new substative visa application is being processed.

Subclass 030 Bridging Visa C (BVC) Australia

Bridging Visa C allows you to stay lawfully in Australia, until your substantive visa application is being determined, or where BVC granted in association with judicial review, until those proceedings are pending.

Bridging Visa C (BVC) Australia

Bridging C Visa is a temporary visa. All most all bridging visas are applied for automatically as part of applying for a substantive visa. The Department of Home Affairs may grant you a BVC if you have made a valid application in Australia for a substantive visa but you do not already hold a substantive visa. With bridging visa c visa, you can:

  • Stay lawfully in Australia until your substantive visa application is finally determined, or where granted in association with judicial review, until those proceedings are completed.
  • Work, if you meet the requirements for work.

You can't use a bridging visa while you wait for a citizenship application to be decided.

When to apply for a BVC

A separate application for a BVC might be necessary where:

  • You are seeking a further BVC without work restrictions.
  • You have applied for judicial review.

Bridging Visa C Eligibility

These are some of the common eligibility criteria:

Do not hold a Bridging Visa E

You must not hold a Bridging visa E (BVE) and you must not have held a BVE since you last held a substantive visa.

Do not hold a substantive visa

When you lodged your application for a substantive visa, you must not have held a substantive visa.

Apply in Australia

You will need to be in Australia when you apply.

Applied for a substantive visa or Judicial Review

You must have made a valid application for a substantive visa that has not been finally determined or you have made an application for judicial review of a decision relating to your substantive visa application, within the prescribed time frame, and the judicial review proceedings have not been completed, and you previously held a BVC in relation to the substantive visa application.

When applying for a review, have applied in the prescribed time frame.

You must apply within the prescribed time frame.

Administrative Appeals Tribunal

You must apply for review within the prescribed time frame, and if you have applied within the prescribed time frame, you may not need to apply for a further Bridging Visa.

Judicial Review

The time frame for applying for judicial review is 35 days from the date of the Tribunal’s decision. If you have not applied for judicial review within the statutory time limits, this may affect your eligibility to apply for a further Bridging Visa.


You can be any age to apply for this visa.

Meet character requirement

You will need to meet the Department of Home Affairs character requirement.

Bridging Visa C Processing Time

Your bridging visa C application can take any where from 1 - 2 weeks of time. However the Department of Home Affairs advises to leave sufficient time to process your BVC application, before you plan to travel.

Bridging Visa C Cost

Visa application charge for this visa application is nil.

Bridging Visa C Work Rights

If you are granted a Bridging Visa V (BVC) that does not permit you to work, then you can apply for a further Bridging Visa C with no conditions if you can demonstrate financial hardship. The Department of Home Affairs will assess your circumstances in relation to your claim that you need to work. If you do not meet the requirements for work, and you are still eligible for a BVC, the department will grant you a new BVC with the same work prevention or restriction condition that was on your previous BVC.

To apply Work Rights bridging visa c you will need to apply in the same way as you applied for your last substantive visa application, for which you was granted bvc.

Bridging Visa C Conditions

BVC can be granted with conditions of 'No Work', 'Not be disruptive', and/or 'Maintain adequate health insurance'.

Bridging Visa C (BVC) Australia Frequently Asked Questions

Difference between bridging visa a and c?

Bridging Visa A is granted with work rights the duration of which is subject to your work restrictions on your substantive visa that most recently expired. In contrast to that, Bridging Visa C is mostly granted with no work rights, and the visa holder will have to apply subsequently for work rights citing financial hardship reasons.

What is bridging visa c?

When you lodge a visa while you are in Australia and do not hold a substantive visa, then you will be granted a BVC. You also must not

Bridging visa c medicare?

You become eligible for Medicare only if have applied for a substantive visa while being in Australia; and your substantive visa is one of the following visas:

  • Fulbright scholars
  • Witness Protection (Trafficking) Temporary visa (subclass 787)
  • De facto partners of Australian citizens or permanent residents
  • Support for Victims of People Trafficking Program
  • Temporary Humanitarian Concern visa (subclass 786)
  • Contributory Parent visas (subclasses 173, 143, 884, 864)
  • Temporary Protection visa (subclass 785)
  • Removal Pending Bridging visa (subclass 070)
  • Illegal maritime arrivals holding a Bridging E (Class WE) visa
  • Humanitarian Stay (temporary) visa (subclass 449), Ukraine nationals can read about Ukraine visa support on the Department of Home Affairs website
  • Secondary Movement Offshore Entry visa XB (subclass 447)
  • Safe Haven Enterprise visa (subclass 790)
  • Skilled Work Regional Provisional visa (subclass 491)
  • Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional Provisional visa (subclass 494).

Bridging visa c to b?

You can not go back from BVC to BVA.

Apply for work rights on a bridging visa c?

To apply for work rights you need to be on BVA. If you are on BVC you can not apply for work rights, unless financial hardships exemption applies to you.

Bridging visa c to bridging visa a?

Once you move from Bridging Visa A to C, or D, or E; you can not go back.

Can bridging visa c travel?

There are no bridging visa c travel rights when bvc is granted. You will need to provide a reason and attach any supporting evidence to explain why you need to depart from Australia; and return while your substantive visa is being considered; or while you are waiting for the outcome of a judicial review.

Disclaimer: ‘Atlantis International Pty Ltd’ and its associates are independent consulting entities which are not associated in anyway with the Australian ‘Department of Home Affairs’ (DOHA). Information on this website does not constitute personal migration advice. For a customized migration advice based on your personal circumstances, please call and talk to one of our Immigration Consultants or register your interest with our Associates.

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