A Bridging visa is a temporary visa that gives a person permission to remain in Australia for a specified time. A bridging visa is NOT a “Substantive” visa.
There are seven different classes of Bridging visas. The following is a broad description of the circumstances in which the different classes of bridging visa apply.
Bridging Visa A (BVA)
BVA is for people who make an application (or an appeal with a review tribunal or court) for a substantive visa while they hold a substantive visa.
Bridging Visa B (BVB)
BVB is for BVA or BVB holders who need to travel overseas.
Bridging Visa C (BVC)
BVC is for people who voluntarily lodge an application (or an appeal with a review tribunal or court) for a substantive visa whilst unlawful non-citizen.
Bridging Visa D (BVD)
BVD is available only in limited circumstances and for short period.
Bridging Visa E (BVE)
BVE is for unlawful non-citizen who either make arrangement to leave Australia, make an application (or an appeal with a review tribunal or court) for a substantive visa, have requested the Minister personally to grant them a visa or for some categories of people who have not been immigration cleared and apply for a protection visa.
Bridging Visa F (BVF)
BVF is for people who the police have stated are of interest in relation to an offence.
Bridging Visa R (BVR)
BVR is for people in immigration detention who have co-operated with efforts to remove them from Australia but whose removal is not currently reasonably practicable.