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Resident Return Visa – Subclass 155 and 157

While Australian permanent resident visas allow people to stay indefinitely in Australia, there is a limit on how long you can travel outside and return to Australia while holding a permanent resident visa. In order to extend the time that you can return to Australia, without becoming an Australian citizen, you will need to apply for a resident return visa.

This visa may also let you regain permanent resident status if you have left Australia and your previous permanent resident visa has lapsed.

Resident return visa application process

This is a single-stage visa with no sponsorship requirement.

Eligibility requirements for resident return visas

The exact requirements to receive a resident return visa are complex, but eligible applicants can be divided into three main categories:

  1. People who have spent at least 2 years in Australia in the last 5 years as a permanent resident or citizen
  2. People who have spent some time in Australia within the last 5 or last 10 years and have substantial ties to Australia
  3. People who have compelling reasons which explain their long absences from AustraliaThe sponsored parent can be step-parent of child. (The relationship of step-parent with the partner is dissolved however step-parent is legally responsible to take care of the child)

If you believe you may fall into any of the above categories and would like further advice on your eligibility, contact us on 08 6161 9239 to schedule a consultation with one of our migration experts.

Common problems for applicants

  1. Be aware of how many days you have spent in Australia. If you have spent over 730 days in the last five years then the application process is very simple, otherwise it becomes much more complex
  2. Relatedly, it is not possible to maintain permanent residency in Australia if you do not maintain strong connections to Australia.
  3. Always be aware of the expiry of your permanent visa’s travel facility. You can stay in Australia indefinitely but if you leave without renewing your travel facility then your visa will cease.

If you aren’t certain of what evidence is required, need advice on whether you may be eligible for this visa, or want assistance with the application process, contact us today on on 08 6161 9239.

Common problems for applicants

  1. It’s important to nominate the correct occupation for the position you are nominating. The nominated occupation can be the difference between visa grant and visa refusal, and you cannot change your mind after the application has been lodged.
  2. We recommend that visa applicants attend an English test as soon as possible after deciding to apply for a General Skilled Migration visa, if you have not already achieved the required level of English in the last three years.
  3. If you want to apply from within Australia, always be aware of your current visa’s expiry date and conditions. Letting a visa expire without applying for a new one can have severe consequences, even if you try to apply the next day.

Resident return visa application FAQ

You can be inside or outside Australia to apply for this visa.

You can be inside or outside Australia to receive this visa.

You can only include family members who were themselves permanent residents.

There is no health requirement for this visa.

These are permanent visas with varying travel facility times. If you have spent 2 years in Australia, you will receive a 5-year travel facility. Otherwise your travel facility could be 1 year or 3 months depending on your exact circumstances.

Visa Details

Visa Subclass:
155 and 157
Length of stay:
Permanent visa with travel facility of up to 5 years
From AUD 475

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