Bridging Visa holders: s48 bar

If an applicant is currently on a bridging visa and has been invited to lodge documents with BSMQ for a subclass 190 or 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.

For the remainder of FY20-21 BSMQ is not processing applicants who are s48 barred. This will be reviewed in FY21-22.

If you or your client is section 48 barred, BSMQ is unable to nominate for a subclass 190 or 491 visa and we request that the application be withdrawn.

Please do not contact BSMQ regarding the Australia – New Zealand travel bubble, to request a s48 barred application to be considered – as per above, we are not processing these applications in FY20-21.