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457 - Bridging visa - 189 lodged onshore


delwar

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Hello All

 

How are you?

 

I just have joined this forum today.

 

I am from Bangladesh and currently on 457, I have applied for 189 onshore on june, 2013

 

As soon as I applied I got a bridging visa grant letter/notice which indicated No Travel.

 

I have checked that, my 457 is still active with my current employer.

 

Questions are:

 

# Since my 457 still active with my current employer can I travel overseas?

# Is there any time difference of processing of 189 onshore and Offshore? or it is the same 12 months?

# What does external and Internal Check stands for?

 

Kind regards

 

Delwar

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I can't answer regarding the processing of the 189 visa, but can answer your bridging visa/travel question.

 

The bridging visa (I assume Bridging Visa A) is issued automatically when you apply for the 189 from onshore, but it doesn't take effect until your 457 expires at the end (presumably 4 years after it was granted). Until your 457 expires, and assuming your 189 is still being processed, you still follow the conditions of your 457. So this means you have unlimited travel rights. As soon as you travel outside Australia, the BVA will be cancelled - if you still have a long time on your 457, this may not be an issue as hopefully the 189 will be processed before your 457 expires (when you'd need the bridging visa).

 

If, however, your 457 is due to expire before you expect a decision on your 189, then you have 2 options regarding travelling. You can apply for a Bridging Visa B before you travel, which will allow you to travel without your original BVA being cancelled. Or, you can travel, and then immediately upon returning to Australia you apply for your BVA to be reinstated. It's important in this second option to make sure you return to Australia while your 457 is still in tact so you have the right to enter the country.

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Hello Maggie

 

Thanks for your quick response. Appreciated

 

My current 457 expires in sep. 2016 (Quite long.. ) and I assume my 189 to be finalized before that....

 

Now as I understand from your reply that, I can travel to overseas as per current 457 condition but the BVA granted will be cancelled, and I am able to be back to Australia with my current 457 even the BVA is cancelled, is that correct?

 

On my return to Australia do I have to apply for BVA again? or BVB?

 

Is it better to have BVB before travelling to overseas so the original BVA remains as it is???

 

Thanks

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Hi Delwar,

You're correct, that you can travel overseas based on your current 457 visa, and even though the BVA will be cancelled, since the 457 is still intact you will be able to re-enter Australia.

 

Given you have until 2016 under your 457, it's probably unnecessary to worry about the bridging visa aspect at all since I can't imagine your 189 would still not be decided by then. If, for some completely unforeseen reason you were still waiting for your 189 in mid-2016, you should remember to have the BVA reinstated but you should have the 189 decided long before then.

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Hi Maggie,

 

I'm already in Australia with 489 visa. Now I have applied/launched a 189 visa application and received a Bridging visa A (which is not active).

 

My question is if the 189 Application get refuse what will be my status? I will still have the 489 visa?

 

 

-Amit

 

 

 

 

Hi Delwar,

You're correct, that you can travel overseas based on your current 457 visa, and even though the BVA will be cancelled, since the 457 is still intact you will be able to re-enter Australia.

 

Given you have until 2016 under your 457, it's probably unnecessary to worry about the bridging visa aspect at all since I can't imagine your 189 would still not be decided by then. If, for some completely unforeseen reason you were still waiting for your 189 in mid-2016, you should remember to have the BVA reinstated but you should have the 189 decided long before then.

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Hi Maggie,

 

I'm already in Australia with 489 visa. Now I have applied/launched a 189 visa application and received a Bridging visa A (which is not active).

 

My question is if the 189 Application get refuse what will be my status? I will still have the 489 visa?

 

 

-Amit

If it has not expired yes, you still have your 489.

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