5-Year Resident Return Visa (Subclass 155) & 3-Month Resident Return Visa (Subclass 157)

Resident Return Visas

If you leave Australia after your travel facility validity expires, or it expires when you are outside Australia, you will not be able to return to Australia as a permanent resident.

The Subclass 155 and 157 Resident Return Visas allow you to return as a permanent resident. Make sure you’ve made proper arrangement for the Resident Return visa application and sometimes the arrangement might need to be made a few years before the current travel validity expires, and sometimes right after you are granted your permanent residency.

 

Subclass 155: 5-Year Resident Return Visa

Visa Status

To be eligible for this visa, at the time of application, the visa applicant must be either:
  • an Australian Permanent resident;
  • a former Australian permanent resident whose last permanent visa was not cancelled; or
  • a former Australian citizen who lost or renounced citizenship.

Meet Residence or Substantial Ties Requirements

The applicant must be either:
  • have lived in Australia for 2 years (730 days) in the last 5 years as the holder of a permanent visa (or entry permit), or as an Australian citizen; or
  • be able to demonstrate substantial ties to Australia that are of benefit to Australia.

Apply from

The applicant can be in or outside Australia, but not in immigration clearance, when applying for this visa.
Travel facility validity period will vary depending on the visa applicant's circumstances:
  • If the applicant has lived in Australia for 2 years (730 days) in the last 5 years as a permanent resident, former citizen or former permanent resident, then the applicant met what is known as the residence requirement and might be given a 5 year travel validity on your visa;
  • If the applicant has not live in Australia for 2 years in the last 5 years as a permanent resident or former citizen or former permanent resident, then the applicant might be given a maximum of 12 months travel validity on Subclass 155 visa provided the applicant can demonstrate substantial ties that benefit Australia. Contact us for a discussion if you need to find out what constitute substantial ties that benefit Australia;
  • If the applicant met the requirements only because the applicant is a member of family unit of a person who holds this visa, then the applicant can only be given a maximum of 12 months travel validity on this visa;
  • If the applicant did not meet the requirement, please refer to Subclass 157: Three Month Resident Return visa.

Subclass 157: 3-Month Resident Return Visa

Visa Status

To be eligible for this visa, at the time of application, the visa applicant must be either:
  • an Australian Permanent resident;
  • a former Australian permanent resident whose last permanent visa was not cancelled; or
  • a former Australian citizen who lost or renounced citizenship.

Residence Requirement

The applicant must has spent not less than 1 day but less than 2 years in the period of 5 years immediately before the application for the visa and duirng which the applicant was an Australian Permanent Resident.

Compelling Reasons for Departing Australia

The applicant must either:
  • has compelling and compassionate reasons for departing Australia; or
  • if outside Australia, had compelling and compassionate reasons for the applicant's last depature from Australia.

Apply from

The applicant can be in or outside Australia when you apply for the visa but not in immigration clearance.
This visa provides 3 months of travel validity once granted.

Our team at Ausdirect Migration can assist you in renewing the Permanent Visa travel validity by applying for Resident Return Visas. Please give our office a call to discuss best action plan.

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