Changes to when certain Bridging visas cease


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This amendment refers to the following bridging visas:

Subclass 010 (Bridging A)
Subclass 020 (Bridging B)
Subclass 030 (Bridging C)
Subclass 050 (Bridging (General)
Subclass 051 (Bridging (Protection Visa Applicant)

The effect of this amendment is that the above bridging visas will cease a fixed period after a relevant decision or purported decision is made, by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection or the relevant review authority, in relation to certain application processes.

The validity period of the above bridging visas has also been extended for various triggering cessation events. As a very extensive and varied list of these events are included in the provisions for each of these bridging visas, MIA members are encouraged to check these carefully for clients who may be affected by the changes to the cessation date.

In most cases the cessation will occur:

35 days, rather than 28 days, after the relevant event occurs; or
14 working days, rather than 7 working days, after the relevant event occurs.

The whole of this Instrument will commence on 19 November 2016.