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A Partner Visa, a Bridging Visa and a flight home to Ireland causing problems

Category: Partner Visa

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My boyfriend has applied for the partner visa (820). He is on a Bridging Visa A while he awaits the decision. At Christmas time he returned to visit his family in Ireland and applied for and received a Bridging Visa B to do so. He has had to visit them again and has not realised that the Bridging Visa B expires 2 months ago. He has not been allowed on his flight back to Australia as he doesn’t have a valid visa.

What are the next steps for him to return? He will be speaking to the Australian Embassy tomorrow.

Answer provided by Migration Agent

Dear J. – Thank you for question.

Your boyfriend is now in a difficult situation. I understand that he was unaware that he had to renew his Bridging Visa B (BVB) again however the Immigration law stipulates to apply for BVB again if you wish to travel overseas.

He now has two options:

1. Speak with the Australian Embassy tomorrow and proceed with whatever they suggest. If they cannot advise him regarding the prospect of coming to Australia then his other option is to:

2. Apply for a tourist visa and explain the reasons. Usually tourist visa is somewhat difficult to get in such situations but not impossible. Genuinely explain what has happened and apply for a tourist visa. If approved, he will be back in Australia however he may not have any working rights.

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