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4 FAQ’s relating to the Resident Return visa

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In this post ImmiAdvisor answers 4 frequently asked questions relating to the resident return visa.

1. Who is the resident return visa for?

A Resident Return visa is for an Australian permanent resident who wants to travel overseas and return to Australia as a permanent resident.

2. How do I know if I am eligible for a resident return visa?

You may be eligible for a resident return visa if:

  • You are an Australian permanent resident
  • A former permanent resident whose last permanent visa was not cancelled
  • A former Australian citizen who lost or renounced their citizenship
  • You have lived in Australia as a holder of the permanent resident visa for at least 2 years in the past 5 years OR you can satisfy the substantial ties requirement (personal, business, employment or cultural ties of benefit to Australia).

3. Where do I need to be when I apply for my visa and when my visa is decided?

If you are INSIDE Australia when you apply for your resident return visa = you do NOT need to be INSIDE Australia for the visa to be decided.

If you are OUTSIDE Australia when you apply for your resident return visa = you MUST be OUTSIDE Australia for the visa decision.

4. How long will my resident return visa be granted for?

If you have lived in Australia as a permanent resident for at least 2 years of the past 5 years, the Subclass 155 will have a 5 year travel facility from date of grant.

If you have been granted the Subclass 155 based on substantial ties of benefit to Australia, then your travel facility will be for 3 months from the date of grant.

If you are granted a Subclass 157, the travel facility will be for 3 months from date of grant.

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2 Comments

  1. Hi there,
    I have been recently transferred by my employer to Texas, USA from Australia after spending 3.5 years as permanent resident in Australia. Last day of my 5-year PR visa is in May-2017. I want to make sure that I get the resident return visa (RRV) before this date so I can re-enter Australia after my job finishes in the USA.

    Can I apply for RRV before 5-year expiry date OR I must wait for this date to pass before I can apply?

    I am outside Australia at the moment,

    Reply

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