This article explains the need for making Bridging Visa B applications if you have applied for a visa in Australia, or are applying a visa refusal/cancellation to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), and need to travel overseas briefly.
If you have applied for a visa in Australia, and are on a bridging visa A (i.e. it is in effect), or are awaiting an AAT hearing or judicial review of a decision to refuse to grant that visa, do not forget to apply for a bridging visa B if you wish to travel outside of Australia for a substantial reason. This is because other bridging visas expire as soon as you depart Australia, and it may not be a straightforward process getting another visa to re enter Australia.
As a recent example, we had a Canadian national call Putt Legal from Bali a few days ago. She had applied for a partner visa in Australia late last year, and her bridging visa A was in effect as her working holiday visa had expired. Her Australian partner suggested a short notice holiday in Bali, and she received advice (including from Immigration officials at Perth airport) that it would be easy to get an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) via the Internet after arrival in Bali i.e. without being granted a bridging visa B before departure. That did not prove to be the case. She sought Putt’s Legal assistance, and we facilitated an application for a separate visitors visa in Indonesia.
A bridging visa B must be applied for, and granted, before you leave Australia. You will not be able to get one after you depart Australia.
How to do you apply for an Australian visa in Bali?
Visa applications in Bali are dealt with by an Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC), not the Australian Consulate General that provides consular and other services.
You will need to make an appointment as soon as possible – see http://www.vfsglobal.com/Australia/Indonesia/english/schedule-an-appointment.html on how to make an appointment
The general information page on applying for a visa in Indonesia can be found here - http://indonesia.embassy.gov.au/jakt/Visas_and_Migration.html
Where is the AVAC located in Bali?
AVAC in Bali is located at -
Benoa Square 3rd floor No. 7-9.3/A
Jalan Bypass I Gusti Ngurah Rai No. 21A
Kedonganan, Kuta, Bali – 80361 Indonesia
Monday to Friday : 08.30 to 16.00
(Except on Public Holidays)
If you need more detailed advice on bridging visas or further assistance in relation to your particular circumstances, please contact Putt Legal.