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RESIDENT RETURN VISA (SUBCLASSES 155 AND 157)

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RESIDENT RETURN VISA (SUBCLASSES 155 AND 157)

     Once you have been granted a permanent visa it has an initial five (5) year validity period. This validity period is essentially a travel           facility.  If you remain in Australia beyond the five years your permanent residence does not expire, only your ability to depart and             then re-enter Australia as a permanent resident is affected.

FIVE YEAR RRV

To obtain a new five (5) year travel facility (called a resident return visa, or RRV) the basic criteria is that you have spent at least two (2) years out of the last five (5) physically present in Australia as the holder of a permanent visa

ONE YEAR RRV

If you cannot meet the ‘2 in 5’ requirement you may be eligible for a resident return visa with one year travel validity.  As noted above, if you remain in Australia beyond the one year validity period your permanent residence does not expire, only your ability to depart and then re-enter Australia as a permanent resident is affected.

To meet the requirements for the one year RRV you must demonstrate that you have substantial ties to Australia that are of benefit to Australia. Substantial ties can be under any of the following:

  • Business
  • Employment
  • Family
  • Cultural

THREE MONTH RRV

Permanent residents who have less than 2 years’ physical presence in Australia and who have not yet established substantial ties of benefit to Australia may be eligible for a three month RRV. For example, you may have settled in Australia when nearing the end of your migrant travel facility and need to travel overseas before you have established substantial ties.

As above, if you remain in Australia beyond the 3 month validity period your permanent residence does not expire, only your ability to depart and then re-enter Australia as a permanent resident is affected.

The process

      • You can apply online right now, without providing any documents, if:
  • you are a permanent resident
  • you have resided in Australia for a total of at least 2 years within the last 5 years
  • your name and date of birth have not changed since grant of your last visa.
    • Or, read information about:
  • eligibility criteria
  • the visa, including what happens if you do not meet the 2 in 5 years residence requirement
  • the steps to apply, including the documents you might need to provide.

Stream

75 PER CENT OF APPLICATIONS PROCESSED

90 PER CENT OF APPLICATIONS PROCESSED

155

4 Days

​21 Days

157

Unavailable due to low volume of applications

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