Bridging Visas

Bridging visas are temporary visas, called non-substantive visas, which are granted to non-citizens in Australia to keep them lawful.

Examples of when a bridging visa may be required are:

      i. A person is in Australia and has applied for a new visa. Before their new visa has been granted, their existing visa expires. To cover the period until a decision can be made on the new visa, a bridging visa can be granted to ensure the person remains covered by a visa, and therefore lawful in Australia.

     ii. A person wants to leave Australia when they have been in the country unlawfully. For example, if they have overstayed their original visa and are no longer covered by a valid visa. In this scenario a bridging visa can be granted to ensure they are not detained at the airport and can make arrangements to leave Australia.

    iii. A person who is in Australia and for some reason their visa has been cancelled. A bridging visa can be granted to give the person time to apply for a new visa, make arrangements to leave Australia or apply for a review of the cancellation.


Some bridging visas allow a person to stay in Australia but not to travel overseas and re-enter Australia.

Some bridging visas may give the visa holder work rights.

It is important visa holders are aware of all the conditions applied to their visa. If they, or any family members, breach their conditions then their visas may be cancelled.

Please use our enquiry form if you would like to consult with a registered migration agent about a bridging visa or visa conditions today.