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Resident Return Visa

Australian Permanent Residence allows the visa holder to remain in Australia indefinitely, and to travel to Australia from overseas for up to five years from the date that the visa was granted.

If a permanent visa holder is overseas outside of the five year period, a Subclass 155 (Resident Return) Visa is required if they wish to return to Australia.

The Resident Return visa allows permanent residents of Australia to return to Australia after travelling overseas. Resident Return Visa applicants must be:

  • An Australian permanent resident, or
  • a former Australian permanent resident whose last permanent visa was not cancelled, or
  • a former Australian citizen who has lost or renounced your citizenship.

Five Year Resident Return Visa

You must have spent at least two years of the last five years in Australia as a permanent resident or citizen.

  • Physical presence in Australia: the applicant has been physically present in Australia for a total of at least 2 years in the last 5 years and throughout that 2 years was a permanent resident or Australian citizen – refer to Lawful presence in Australia.
  • The intention of the 5 year travel facility is that those permanent residents living in Australia are provided with more beneficial travel arrangements than those permanent residents who are living outside Australia

One Year Resident Return Visa

You must show that you have substantial business, cultural, employment or personal ties that benefit Australia.

Compelling Reasons for Absence

If you have been outside Australia for more than five continuous years since your permanent resident visa was granted, you must show that there was a compelling reason for your absence.

If you are outside Australia and you do not hold a permanent visa and you were not a permanent resident or Australian citizen when you last left Australia, you must have been an Australian permanent resident or citizen within the last 10 years.

The term compelling implies that the reasons for absence should be forceful to the person concerned.

Three Month Resident Return Visa

During the last five years, you must:

  • have spent at least one day lawfully in Australia and
  • have spent less than two years in the last five years in Australia

You must also:

  • have been a permanent resident or Australian citizen for the entire period that you spent in Australia
  • show that there is a compelling and compassionate reason for you to leave Australia
  • show that there was a compelling and compassionate reason for your absence if you have been outside Australia for more than the last three months

Case Study – RRV Granted After 27 Year Absence

Our client was a former Australian permanent resident who departed Australia more than 27 years before she returned to Australia as the holder of a temporary visa.

View the Subclass 155 (Resident Return) visa case study here. 

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Consult with a qualified Registered Migration Agent to be sure you are making the best decisions for your circumstances. Please book an appointment to discuss your Australian visa application with a Registered Migration Agent.