Date last modified: 11 November 2018
New Zealanders do not need a Bridging Visa
New Zealand citizens do not require Bridging Visa when applying for a permanent visa, such as the NZ 189 Visa. The Special Category Visa (SCV) does not expire, so will remain in effect until the permanent visa is finalised.
The Department of Home Affairs have a “one size fits all” computer system. SCVs may be advised they have been granted Bridging Visa A. The Bridging Visa status is “in-active” because you already hold a substantive visa, the SCV. Do not apply for Bridging Visa B in order to travel overseas.
Extract of the letter sent to a New Zealand 189 Visa applicant showing that their Bridging Visa A is Not active.
Withdrawing a visa application
Non-NZ family members
Holders of an active BVA should apply for and be granted Bridging Visa B (BVB) before travelling overseas. You cannot apply for a BVB outside Australia.
Use VEVO to look up your visa status.
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