Why is this topic important?
It is not uncommon for partners and spouses to be waiting for their partner visas to be processed without knowing the benefits they are entitled to in the meantime.
A bridging visa “bridges” the gap between substantive Australia visas. So if a visa expires, you are still allowed to stay in Australia until a decision has been made on your next visa. It is the transitioning stage.
A partner bridging visa allows you to stay in Australia until the decision of your partner visa has been made.
So what does a partner bridging visa allow you to do? Here are a few of the benefits.
Your Spouse Can Work Full-Time
Income stream is very important, especially if you are starting to build your life together in Australia. Having your partner be employed without any restrictions and be able to contribute to your relationship’s income pool is very essential in achieving your dreams.
Whether your spouse is an engineer or a zoologist – they will be able to build their careers in Australia. The country never runs out of skill shortages. These are brought forth by the ongoing expansion of the economy and the breakneck speed in which technological innovations are moving. Australia’s pool of workers and professionals cannot catch up because of the slow growth in the population as well as the aging demographic of employees, so the country has to rely on the flow of migrants coming in to fill in these gaps.
Your partner, whatever his or her degree, profession, or specialization is, should be able to find his or her place in Australia’s talent pool and build a solid career.
Your Spouse Can Study Without Any Restrictions
As mentioned, Australia is an ever-growing country with technology, career and businesses. Whether you are looking to study to upskill further or looking to change careers or getting your first formal qualifications. A bridging visa will allow you to attend universities. However, International Student fees still apply.
You Can Apply for Permission to Travel In And Out Of Australia
YES. With a bridging visa, you (the applicant) can travel outside the country and still set your foot back in Australia. This is given that you return within the specified amount of time. You may go back to your homeland for a while or travel to other countries with your partner and Oz will still welcome you back.
Your Partner Can Live In Australia with You Until a Decision Is Made On Your Partner Visa Application
That’s right. So a bridging visa will allow you to be with your loved one until a decision is made. Given the lengthy processing time, it is an advantage to not be waiting for the partner visa for months on end in order to live and be with your loved one.
In A Nutshell
The best case scenario for most couples is to stay together in Australia during the processing of their partner visa.
If you are looking to apply for a partner visa but unsure of which visa pathways have bridging visas to allow you to stay in Australia during the processing times, contact us for a free eligibility assessment by a VisaOne Visa Expert.
Otherwise, leave us a comment below for any visa questions you have unanswered.
Please note that this informative article is not a substitute for professional advice. Always seek a professional for Australian visa advice as each individual situation is different.