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Moving from Working Holiday to Bridging Visa.

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Guest mittu

Hello all,

 

I am currently on a WHV and have my application in for permanent residency on a Last Remaining Relative Visa. As such I will be moving on to my Bridging Visa shortly.

 

As I understand it the bridging visa operates under the same work restrictions as the visa currently held. So, if I have worked for 6 months for a company during my WHV will I be able to do another 6 months with them once I move onto the Bridging Visa?

 

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Guest shellyg

Hi Mittu

I'm in a similar position to you and was wondering if you found out the answer to your question?

Would be interesed to hear the answer please =)

shell x

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Guest perfectstranger

Do you know which bridging visa you will go on...Like bridging visa A,B...E ?

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Hi all,

 

I may be a in a similar situation in a few months too - going onto a bridging visa A from my WHV whilst a defacto visa application is being processed - and I would also love to know the answer to this question?

 

Thanks in advance to anyone who could help :)

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Guest mittu

I sent an e-mail to the powers that be and got the following reply:

 

Thank you for your email. You will be able to work with the company for

six months once your bridging visa comes into effect.

 

I stated the full facts in my e-mail (that I had already worked for the company for 6 months and wanted to do another 6 months once I was on the new visa) so the answer should be reliable.

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Hi everybody,

 

First post on this site.

 

Have had a really stressful weekend as I have found myself in exactly the same position.

 

I am on a WHV and will have been working for my current employer for 6 months (183 days) on monday.

 

I have applied for a partner visa and my bridging visa A will kick in when my WHV expires in 3 weeks.

 

I understand that I can't work past monday without breaking the conditions of my WHV but will I be able to go back working for them when my bridging visa starts?

 

Any advice from people that have been in the same situation would be great.

 

Thanks in advance

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Guest aussie06
Hi everybody,

 

First post on this site.

 

Have had a really stressful weekend as I have found myself in exactly the same position.

 

I am on a WHV and will have been working for my current employer for 6 months (183 days) on monday.

 

I have applied for a partner visa and my bridging visa A will kick in when my WHV expires in 3 weeks.

 

I understand that I can't work past monday without breaking the conditions of my WHV but will I be able to go back working for them when my bridging visa starts?

 

Any advice from people that have been in the same situation would be great.

 

Thanks in advance

I would also be interested by the answer

@Stkildaboy: how did you finally do?

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I would also be interested by the answer

@Stkildaboy: how did you finally do?

 

Hi Aussie,

 

I rang the immigration department a few times and was told at least 3 different things.

 

The first person I spoke to was pretty vague but said that I would be unable to carry on working for the same employer on my bridging visa as the work restriction would carry on (which meant that my 6 months didn't start again).

 

I tried again (if at first you don't succeed...) and was told something similar.

 

However I also emailed the department and was rang back the next day by someone who was fantastic and sounded like they knew their stuff. She confirmed that once my bridging visa A kicked in, my 6 months work restriction would start again so I was fine to carry on working for my employer at this point. Needless to say I wrote down exactly what she said, her name, her department, etc - just in case there is some grief at a future point.

 

Almost 2 months on I am still waiting to hear on my partner visa but am working for the same employer on my bridging visa.

 

Hope that this helps - it goes to show that the rules are really unclear and the department itself is confused.

 

Good luck with your application

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Guest aussie06

great, thanks a lot for your feedback ; good luck for your partner visa ;-) Keep us posted when you have it granted

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I also emailed the department and was rang back the next day by someone who was fantastic and sounded like they knew their stuff. She confirmed that once my bridging visa A kicked in, my 6 months work restriction would start again

 

No.3 was correct. A BVA has the same conditions as the last substantive visa, but it is a different visa to the WHV therefore the six month clock starts all over again.


Les Mighalls BDS LLB(Hons) LDS FACLM, MARA Reg. No. 0639714

Migration Assistance Australia

www.migrationassistance.com.au

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