If you leave Australia after your visa travel validity 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 Resident Return visa before your arrival in Australia.
If you are already in Australia as a permanent resident, you do not need to apply for this Resident Return visa if you do not wish to travel.
There are no limits on the number of Resident Return visas you can apply for.
A$ 405 for each applicant if you apply online
A$ 485 for each applicant if you apply on paper – unless you are exempt from paying the Non-internet application charge.
Travel validity will vary depending in your circumstances:
If you hold a Resident Return Visa (RRV), you should be aware of your travel validity’s expiry date. You can check this on VEVO. The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs will not send reminders to you when your travel facility is about to expire. If you need to travel, you should apply for a new RRV before your existing travel validity expires in order to avoid delays.
If you return to Australia without a permanent visa and a valid travel facility (for example, a visitor visa), this might impact your:
You can’t include family members in your application.
If other family members are also applying for this Resident Return visa separately, then you can have your applications processed together, if you declare your family members in your application.
You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for the visa but not in immigration clearance. If you apply in Australia using a paper form, you must send your application to the specified address. You cannot apply in person.
Generally, applications that:
Your application can also take longer to process if:
The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs can’t process your application if you do not pay the correct visa application charge. They will notify you if this is the case and return your application if necessary.
You must obey all Australian laws.
From the date the Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs grant the visa, you can travel for a specified period of time depending on your circumstances.
After that period, you will need another Resident Return (RRV) visa (subclasses 155 and 157) to re-enter Australia as a permanent resident. Alternatively, you may wish to consider your eligibility for Australian Citizenship so you can travel on an Australian passport.
The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs will digitally link your visa to your passport. You will not get a label in your passport.
There are no age requirements for RRV applicants.
You must either:
Your ties must be both substantial and of benefit to Australia. They include:
Substantial personal ties may be of benefit to Australia if the applicant is, or has been, a participating member of the Australian community and economy, and their ties enrich the lives of individual Australian residents and citizens.
Substantial personal ties may be that you regard Australia as home or have an intention to reside in Australia.
You are not eligible for this Resident Return visa if you hold either an:
You must meet the Department of Home Affairs character requirement.
You might not be eligible for this Resident Return visa if you have cancellation action on business grounds for your business skills visa – as listed below:
You might not be eligible for this Resident Return visa if you are, or were the holder of one of the above visas and have:
If you are or were a family member of a person affected by the above, and either hold or have held one of the above visa subclasses as a dependant family member, you might not be eligible for this Resident Return visa.
You might not be granted this Resident Return visa if you previously had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia.
Contact our migration agent at Visa Help Australia for consultation and help with your visa process.