Understanding Bridging Visa C Subclass 030

The Bridging Visa C Subclass 030 (BVC) is a temporary visa for those who wish to remain in Australia while their application for another visa is processed. This visa allows applicants to stay legally in the country after their previous visa has expired. Notably, there is no fee for applying for this visa, and it provides the applicant the right to stay in Australia until the substantive visa is granted.

Key Features of Bridging Visa C

  1. Temporary Residence: The primary benefit of a BVC is that it permits applicants to reside in Australia while their new visa application is being processed.
  2. No Travel Rights: Holders of a BVC cannot leave and re-enter Australia. If they do, their BVC will cease, and they will need to apply for a new visa to return.
  3. Family Applications: If you and your family members applied for the substantive visa together, you must also apply for the BVC together.
  4. No Automatic Extensions: If you need to extend your stay beyond the BVC’s validity, you must apply for another bridging visa.

Eligibility Criteria for Bridging Visa C

To be eligible for a BVC, you must:

What You Can Do with a BVC

With a Bridging Visa C, you can:

Detailed Application Process

Before Applying
  1. Check Character Requirements: Ensure you meet the necessary character standards.
  2. Gather Required Documents: Assemble all necessary documents, including identity proofs and character references.
Applying for BVC

The application process depends on how you applied for your substantive visa or judicial review. Make sure you and your family members are in Australia during this process.

After Applying
Visa Outcome

Processing Time

Processing times for a Bridging Visa C can vary. Factors influencing this include:


  1. What is a Bridging Visa C? A Bridging Visa C (BVC) is a temporary visa that permits you to remain in Australia while your application for a new substantive visa is under assessment.
  2. How long is a BVC valid? Typically valid until your new visa is granted or another decision is made on your application.
  3. Can I travel on a BVC? No, traveling with a BVC is not permitted. If you leave Australia, your BVC will cease.
  4. Can I work on a BVC? Work rights depend on your situation. You may need to apply separately for work rights under the BVC.


The Bridging Visa C Subclass 030 is a vital option for those needing to remain in Australia while awaiting a decision on their new visa application. Understanding the eligibility criteria, application process, and potential outcomes can significantly ease the process.

At Settlers Migration & Education, we are committed to helping you navigate this journey with confidence and clarity. Our extensive experience and personalized approach ensure you receive the best possible support.

For more information or assistance with your visa application, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you every step of the way.

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