A Bridging Visa E is for people who don’t currently hold any other visa. It comes with very strict conditions and very limited rights. If you are thinking about applying for a Bridging Visa E, there are some key issues you need be aware of. The long term consequences of going on a Bridging Visa can be very serious.
If you are granted a bridging visa E, and then you leave the country as the holder of that visa, it is very likely that you will be subject to a 3 year re-entry ban. This means once you have left Australia, you won’t qualify for another visa for 3 years. (The ban does not apply to all visa classes). What does this mean in practice? If you currently still have a substantive visa or a Bridging Visa A, then you need to carefully consider if you are better off going on a Bridging visa E and face a 3 year re-entry ban, or you go offshore, apply for a new visa, and avoid the ban. (If you want to read more about the re-entry ban and how it can be waived, click here.)
No work rights
It’s possible to have work rights with a Bridging Visa E, but it will take some work to convince the Department of Home Affairs to grant you work rights. You have to prove that you would suffer financial hardship. You need to provide evidence back up your claim. Be careful: if you plan to be on a Bridging Visa E for a long time, but can’t get work rights, you will put yourself in a difficult situation.
You will need to attend an interview with a case officer if you want to get this visa. The case officer will want to know what are your further plans in Australia. You can attend this interview by yourself, but in some cases it’s probably better to have your lawyer attend with you. If you qualify all criteria, you will get the visa on the spot.
If you need help with a bridging visa E application, or need advice about the consequences of going on this visa, give us a call.