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Resident Return Visa (subclass 155 & 157)

The Resident Return Visa (subclass 155 and 157) offers the applicants a travel facility of five years. The first granted permanent visa provides a travel facility for a period of 5 years. The applicants require the Resident Return Visa in case this travel facility is no longer valid for their current visa or is about to expire.
Leaving Australia without the Australian visa subclass 155 may affect your permanent residency eligibility for citizenship.

Applicants who fulfil the given requirements can apply for Resident Return Visa:

  • Former Australian Citizens
  • Former Australian Permanent Residents
  • Present Australian Permanent Residents

This visa lets you to:

  • Live in Australia permanently
  • Work and Study in Australia
  • Sponsor family members for permanent residence
  • Register in Medicare and take advantage of healthcare benefits
  • Apply for Australian citizenship based on eligibility
  • Move in and out of Australia any number of times as long as the travel facility is valid
  • Must hold a valid passport
  • Fulfil the character requirements. You need to present a police clearance certificate to demonstrate good code of conduct.

Note: If your permanent visa was cancelled, you cannot apply for this visa.

Individuals must not apply for the Resident Return Visa if they possess

  • a BF-111
  • a Return Endorsement which was granted between September 1979 and December 31, 1986
  • an Authority To Return which was issued between March 1, 1976 and August 31, 1979
How much does the RRV cost?

The Resident visa costs AUD 365.

What is the length of the stay?

The visa provides travel facility of 5 years.

Can I include family members in the visa application?

No, you cannot include your family members in the visa lodgement application. Your family members must have their own application.

Do I need to update about the changes?

Yes, you need to inform about changes. The changes could be change in address, phone number, and passport. In case if you have made any mistakes in the visa application, you must inform to rectify it.

What is the difference between Australian visa subclass 155 and Australian visa 157?

The visas differ in the length of travel facility:

Visa Subclass 155: 5 year from date of grant of visa

Visa Subclass 157: 3 months from date of grant of visa

What is the processing time for the visa?

The processing time varies according to the visa stream:

Visa 155: 5-8 days

Visa 157: Unavailable due to low number of applications

From where can I apply for the Resident Return visa?

If the travel facility on your current visa has finished or is about to finish and you are inside Australia, you must apply for the RRV before departing from Australia.

You must have a re-entry visa to travel back to Australia if your RRV has not been granted yet. You can even apply for the RRV out of Australia, but the visa must be granted before you enter Australia.

Provided information should not be taken as exhaustive, additional requirements for the visa do apply. Visa requirements may differ as per individual circumstances. For your eligibility assessment visit one of our qualified professionals.

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