Understanding the Bridging Visa B (BVB) Subclass 020

The Bridging Visa B (BVB) Subclass 020 allows applicants to leave and return to Australia while their substantive visa application is being processed. This temporary visa permits lawful residence and may grant work rights, depending on individual circumstances. To apply, you must be in Australia and hold a Bridging Visa A (BVA) or another BVB.

Key Features and Benefits

With a Bridging Visa B, you can:

Application Process

Step 1: Eligibility Check

To be eligible for a Bridging Visa B, you must:

Step 2: Preparing Your Application

Ensure you have:

Step 3: Submitting Your Application

You can apply online or offline. Ensure you are in Australia when applying and when the visa is granted. The application should be submitted no more than three months and no less than two weeks before your travel date.

Step 4: Awaiting the Outcome

After submission, you will receive an acknowledgment from the Department of Home Affairs. If further information is required, respond promptly to avoid delays.

Processing Time

Processing times vary based on:

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the cost of a Bridging Visa B? The application fee for a Bridging Visa B is AUD155.

2. How long is a Bridging Visa B valid? It is valid for the duration specified in your grant notice, typically linked to your travel dates.

3. Can I extend my Bridging Visa B? You cannot extend a BVB. If you need more time, you must apply for a new BVB.

4. Can family members apply for a BVB? Yes, family members who meet the “member of the family unit” criteria and are in Australia can apply.

Personal Insights and Stories

As a migration expert at Settlers Migration & Education, I’ve guided many clients through the BVB application process. One memorable case involved a family needing to travel for a critical medical procedure abroad. We meticulously gathered all necessary documentation, ensuring their application was bulletproof. They received their BVB swiftly, enabling them to travel with peace of mind.

Checklist for Bridging Visa B Application

Before Applying

Gathering Information

During Application

After Applying


The Bridging Visa B Subclass 020 is an essential visa for those needing to travel while their substantive visa is processed. By following the outlined steps and ensuring all requirements are met, you can secure your BVB and enjoy the flexibility it offers. For personalized assistance, contact Settlers Migration & Education, where our experienced team is ready to help you navigate the application process smoothly and efficiently.

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