Update on Bridging Visa Holders

Business and Skilled Migration Queensland

Due to the lockdown and Travel Ban, the certain criteria for BSMQ has changed. Since, there is an entry ban on temporary visa holders returning to Australia currently,

  • If you are in section 48 barred, BSMQ is unable to nominate for a subclass s491 visa and request that the application be withdrawn.


  • If an applicant is currently on a bridging visa and has been invited to lodge documents with BSMQ for a subclass 491 visa, they must notify Business and Skilled Migration Queensland of any past visa refusals or cancellations.


  • If an applicant has received a visa refusal or cancellation whilst on a bridging visa, they are likely to be subject to a section 48 bar – which means they are unable to lodge a state nominated visa (and most other visas) onshore.


Unfortunately, during the COVID-19 pandemic, it not possible to go offshore to lodge a visa application, and then return to Australia.

It may be possible to submit an EOI again later once the entry ban is lifted if Queensland criteria continue to be met.

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