Resident Return Visa

All Australian permanent residents have a 5 year travel facility on their visa, after which they will need another visa to return to Australia.

A Resident Return Visa (RRV) allows Australian permanent residents & some ex-citizens of Australia to travel internationally & return to Australia as permanent residents.

The Resident Return Visa Class has 2 subclasses :

  • Subclass 155
  • Subclass 157

The Subclass 155 RRV visa is for a person who holds an Australian permanent resident visa or is an ex-citizen & satisfies the residence requirement. It is a permanent visa allowing a travel facility of up to 5 years. Those who are not able to satisfy the residence requirement, but can prove “substantial ties” with Australia, can still be granted this visa but with a travel facility of up to 12 months.

The Subclass 157 RRV visa is for a person who holds an Australian permanent resident visa or is an ex-citizen, and has been living in Australia as a permanent resident or ex-citizen for a substantially lesser period, but has a “compelling & compassionate” reason to travel.

You are not eligible for this visa if you are the holder of either –

  • An “Authority to Return”, OR
  • A “Return Endorsement”

stamped on your passport .

You are also not eligible for this visa if you have a cancellation action or decision on business grounds for any of the following business skills visas :

  • Subclass 132
  • Subclass 840 – 846
  • Subclass 188
  • Subclass 160 – 165
  • Subclass 888

You cannot include family members in your application. Each person must apply separately.

You will be required to meet the “Character” requirement.

You must be outside Australia to apply for this visa.

You can apply online or on paper. However, you must note that it takes much longer to process applications that have been made on paper.

You can travel in & out of Australia as many times as you want until the travel validity on the visa expires.

Since a Resident Return Visa (RRV) is a permanent visa, it grants all rights that are applicable to permanent residents.

Contact Us to know your eligibility for this visa and how best you can apply for this visa & benefit from it’s grant.