Resident Return Visa Information
A Resident Return Visa (RRV) is required for the period after you have gained your Permanent Residency (PR), and your initial entry visa (Normally 5 years) has expired, but before you get your Citizenship…
The RRV allows you to re-enter Australia as a Permanent Resident, but using your British Passport.
Resident Return Visa (RRV)
A Resident Return Visa is valid for 3 months, 12 months or 5 years (depending on circumstances).
It allows Australian permanent residents to travel to and from Australia as often as they wish within the validity of the visa, while maintaining their status as permanent residents.
Updated in 2016
Resident Return visa (RRV) Cost at July 2016
$360 (Subclass 155 and 157) Online Application
$440 (Subclass 155 and 157) Paper Application
The cost of the RRV may be adjusted each July.
How do I apply for a Resident Return Visa (RRV)?
To be eligible for a Resident Return Visa (RRV), you must be:
- a permanent resident holding a valid permanent visa,
- a former permanent resident whose last permanent visa was not cancelled, or
- a former Australian citizen who has lost or renounced their Australian citizenship.
In addition to the above, to be eligible for a five year RRV:
- you must be lawfully present in Australia for a total of at least 2 years in the 5 years immediately before lodging the application for the visa, or
- you must have substantial and beneficial business, cultural, employment or personal ties to Australia and compelling reasons if you have been absent from Australia for more than 5 years, or
- you must be a member of the family unit of a person who holds a valid RRV or who has applied for and met the criteria for an RRV.
If you do not meet these criteria, but have to leave Australia for compassionate and compelling reasons, you may be eligible for a 3 month RRV.
If you are unable to meet the RRV requirements in your own right, but you are a member of the family unit of a person who holds an RRV, you may be granted an RRV with the same validity period as the family head’s RRV.
3 Month, 12 Month or 5 Year RRV Travel Periods
3 Month, 12 Month or 5 Year RRV Travel Periods may be applied, depending on your circumstances.
- If you have lived in Australia for at least two years of the past five years and are granted a Subclass 155 Resident Return visa it will have a five year travel facility from date of grant.
- If you are granted a Subclass 155 Resident Return visa on the basis of your substantial ties of benefit to Australia, then your travel facility will be for one year from the date of the grant.
- If you are granted a Subclass 157 visa (having spent less than two years in the past five years in Australia) the travel facility will be for 3 months from date of grant.
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Resuming Australian Residency after Resident Return Visa RRV expires.
Most Australian Permanent Residents will have a 5 year RRV when they leave Australia, so that they can prove Resident status on their return.
If that RRV expires during their absence from Australia, they can be refused re-entry into Australia.
For most people this will mean re-applying for residency…
This can be a long and complex process, without a guarantee of success.
For those with an Australian partner and/or children, the process is easier, but can still involve interviews with the Immigration Department.