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Changes to conditions for discretionary bridging visas

The Government has introduced changes to conditions for discretionary bridging visas from the 16 April 2021. The explanatory memorandum supporting Legislative Instrument - Migration Amendment (Bridging Visa Conditions) Regulations 2021 - F2021L00444 states: The objective of the amending regulations is to strengthen the community placement options available to the Minister…

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What should I do if my visa has or will expire in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic?

People on temporary visas are facing uncertain futures as their visas are about to or have expired whilst in Australia. It is imperative that if your visa is due to expire or has expired, you obtain advice as to what your options are. There may be options to apply for…

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Are you confused by Australian Bridging Visas?

Bridging visas are granted to allow you to remain in Australia while you are waiting for an application to be processed, or to provide lawful status while you make arrangements to depart the country. What are the different types of Australian bridging visas available? 1. Bridging Visa A If you are…

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Had your visa cancelled or application refused? Considering making a request for Ministerial Intervention

What is Ministerial Intervention? Ministerial Intervention involves the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship personally considering your situation and making a decision based on public interest matters, rather than criteria specifically found under the Migration Act. The Minister has the power to substitute a more favourable decision relating to your visa…

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What does a bridging visa mean for you?

A ‘bridging visa’ is a temporary visa, allowing you (a non-citizen) to stay in Australia lawfully in situations where you would otherwise be unlawful. You may be eligible for a bridging visa (BV) if: You have lodged an application for a substantive visa, and it is being processed by the…

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