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Resident Return Visa: For PRs Returning to Australia

The length of a Resident Return Visa that would be granted to applicants by the Immigration Department depends on an applicant’s circumstances at the time of application, to understand what you may expect as an outcome to your Resident Return Visa application, please see below for the 4 different categories and the corresponding requirements.



1. 155 Visa – valid for 5 years

Requirement: Applicant has lived in Australia as a permanent resident for at least 2 years in the last 5 years prior to the application submission. Applicant must meet this requirement to obtain a 155 Visa that is valid for 5 years, this requirement cannot be exempted.


2. 155 Visa – valid for 1 year

Requirement: As a holder of a permanent residence visa, applicant has stayed in Australia for at least 1 day in the past 5 years, applicant is also required to have substantial business, cultural, employment and/or personal ties with Australia, which are beneficial to Australia.


3. 155 Visa (outside Australia) – valid for 1 year

Requirement: As a family member of a person who already holds a Resident Return Visa, an applicant has been outside Australia for 5 years or more since the last permanent residence visa was granted, then the applicant needs to show compelling reason that caused applicant to leave Australia, and also show substantial business, cultural, employment and/or personal ties with Australia, which are beneficial to Australia.


4. 157 Visa – valid for 3 months

Requirement: As a holder of a permanent residence visa, applicant has stayed in Australia for at least 1 day in the past 5 years, applicant is also required to have compelling reason that caused applicant to leave Australia.


Some of the terms above are explained in further details for your better understanding:

Compelling reason to leave Australia may include family members in your home country experiencing medical conditions that require your care, or leaving Australia for your business or employment position that benefits the economy of Australia, e.g. import/export businesses between your home country and Australia, or overseas education student recruitment agency which promotes education opportunities in Australia.


Personal ties with Australia may include your family members who are working or studying in Australia, or showing your ownership of properties in Australia.


Cultural ties with Australia may include your being a member of your local church or community club.


Please kindly contact our office if you would like to obtain advice on your eligibility for a Resident Return Visa.

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