The Department of Home Affairs is making it easier for people to apply for Bridging visas online.
From 1 August 2022, a new online portal developed by the Department of Home Affairs will become available for BVA, BVB or BVC visa applicants.
The online portal is meant for individuals who cannot make their applications using Internet forms in ImmiAccount, such as applicants whose substantive visa applications have been refused and are currently under a merits or judicial review process, or applicants whose substantive visa applications were lodged on paper.
The new online portal replaces in‑person and postal lodgement options using paper forms, and allows those applicants to use electronic forms and upload their completed BVA, BVB or BVC visa applications online at the Department’s website https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms.
According to the Department, mandating online lodgement for BVA, BVB and BVC applications will increase the Department’s ability to respond to workload peaks and business continuity pressures, and bring BVA, BVB and BVC processes in line with most other visa programs.
If an application for a BVA, BVB or BVC visa cannot be made in ImmiAccount or the online portal, it may be made using an approved paper form by email if the applicant has received a written notice from the Department authorising the applicant to do so.
This change only applies to BVA, BVB or BVC visa applications. It does affect the current lodgement options for Bridging D (Class WD) (BVD), Bridging E (Class WE) (BVE) or Bridging F (Class WF) (BVF) visa applicants.
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