Resident Return Visas 155 & 157

What is Resident Return visa (subclass 155, 157)? If you leave Australia after your permanent visa travel facility has expired, you will not be able to return to Australia as a permanent resident. If you wish to return to Australia as a permanent resident, you must apply for and be granted this visa before your arrival […]

What is Resident Return visa (subclass 155, 157)?

If you leave Australia after your permanent visa travel facility has expired, you will not be able to return to Australia as a permanent resident. If you wish to return to Australia as a permanent resident, you must apply for and be granted this visa before your arrival in Australia.

If you are already in Australia as a permanent resident, you do not need to apply for this visa if you do not wish to travel.

If you are already in Australia as a permanent visa holder, you do not need to apply for this visa unless you wish to leave and re-enter Australia as a permanent resident.

What can I do with this visa?

  • travel in and out of Australia as many times as you want until the travel validity expires
  • have a travel facility up to 5 years depending on your circumstances. See About this visa.

Can I get this visa?

In order to qualify for this visa you must be either:

  • an Australian permanent resident 
  • a former Australian permanent resident whose last permanent visa was not cancelled 
  • a former Australian citizen who lost or renounced Australian citizenship. Australian citizens are not eligible to apply for an RRV.

You also must:

  • Have substantial ties to australia which are also of benefit to Australia. These ties can be business, cultural, employment or personal ties.

You must either:

  • have lived in Australia for 2 years in the last 5 years as the holder of a permanent visa (or permanent entry permit), or as an Australian citizen, in which case you will get a 5-year travel facility
  • be outside Australia and
    • not absent for 5 continuous years or more before the date of application (unless you have compelling reasons),
    • hold a permanent visa or last left Australia as a permanent resident or citizen (but subsequently lost citizenship)
  • be able to demonstrate substantial ties to Australia that are of benefit to Australia, in which case you can only be given a maximum 12 months travel facility
  • be outside Australia and
    • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident for less than 10 years before you applied,
    • not absent for periods that equate to 5 years (unless you have compelling reasons) between the date you left Australia as a permanent resident or citizen and the date of application
  • be able to demonstrate substantial ties to Australia that are of benefit to Australia, in which case you can only be given a maximum 12 months travel facility
  • be in Australia and able to demonstrate substantial ties to Australia that are of benefit to Australia and not been absent for 5 continuous years since grant of your most recent permanent visa or when you stopped being an Australian citizen (unless you have compelling reasons) in which case you can only be given a maximum 12 months travel facility
  • be the member of family unit of a person who already holds an RRV or has lodged a seperate application for an RRV, and meets the time of application criteria for grant, in which case you can only be given a maximum 12 months travel facility
See also  Remaining Relative Visa subclass 115

In calculating the residence requirement, the:

  • 2-year period is counted as 730 days
  • 5-year period is counted back from the RRV application lodgement date (not from the date of RRV decision)
  • date of arrival and date of departure are both included in the count of days in Australia. Only one day is counted if the applicant arrives and departs on the same day. Only one day is counted if a visa expires and another one is granted on the same day. A part-day spent in Australia by a permanent visa holder is counted as a full day. 

We appreciate this is a lot of information to take in, and the abundance of requirements can get overwhelming. At Migration Door Australia, we ensure your application process is as smooth and stress-free as possible. Get in touch for your free consultation at [email protected].

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