Renewing Permanent Residency – 155 & 157 Resident Return Visas

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Is your Australian permanent residency visa about to expire? Or has it expired already? Do you need to apply for a visa in order to travel overseas and return to Australia? You may be able to apply for a Subclass 155 Resident Return visa (link to online 155 visa application form).

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International travel with permanent residency visas

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Generally speaking, once you are granted an Australian permanent residency visa, this visa will allow you to travel in and out of Australia for a period of 5 years from the date of grant. This is referred to as your ‘international travel facility’. This does not mean that you are only allowed to lawfully remain in Australia for 5 years. As a permanent resident, you are allowed to lawfully remain in Australia indefinitely As a permanent resident, you are allowed to lawfully remain in Australia indefinitely as a permanent resident as long as you arrive in Australia before your current permanent residency visa expires.

However, the travel facility on your permanent residency visa does expire after 5 years from when you are granted permanent residency. If you want to travel overseas after your travel facility has expired, then you will need obtain a Subclass 155 Resident Return Visa (“RRV”) (assuming that you have not obtained Australian citizenship in the meantime).

Depending on your situation, if you are granted a RRV, it will either be valid for 5 years or 1 year (although there is also a Subclass 157 Resident Return Visa which is valid for 3 months – see explanation below).

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Main eligibility requirements for 155 visa

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The key eligibility requirements for the Subclass 155 and 157 Resident Return visas are outlined below:

  • 155 visa which is valid for 5 years – in the last 5 years that precedes the lodgement of your RRV application, you have been in Australia as a permanent resident for at least 2 years out of the 5. You must satisfy this requirement to obtain a 155 RRV that is valid for 5 years
  • 155 visa which is valid for 1 year – you have been in Australia for at least 1 day in the last 5 years as the holder of a permanent residency visa and you have substantial, business, cultural, employment and/or personal ties to Australia which are of benefit to Australia (explained below)
  • 155 visa which is valid for 1 year – since the grant of your permanent residency visa, you have been absent from Australia for a period of 5 years of more, there are compelling reasons for your absence (explained below) and you have substantial, business, cultural, employment and/or personal ties to Australia which are of benefit to Australia
  • 157 visa which is valid for 3 months – you have been in Australia for at least 1 day in the last 5 years as the holder of a permanent residency visa and ‘compelling and compassionate reasons’ that caused your last departure from Australia OR if you are in Australia and need to travel, you can show a compelling and compassionate reason for having to leave Australia

 

Mandatory requirement for all Resident Return visa applicants

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In order to apply for a RRV, you must be either:

  1. An Australian permanent resident (i.e. hold a permanent residency visa)
  2. A former Australian citizen who has lost or renounced Australian citizenship
  3. A former Australian permanent resident, other than a former Australian permanent resident whose most recent permanent visa was cancelled

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Resident Return visa – valid for 5 years

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You must satisfy this requirement to obtain a Subclass 155 Resident Return visa that is valid for 5 years – in the last 5 years that precedes the lodgement of your RRV application, you have been in Australia as a permanent resident for at least 2 years out of the 5.

Two years is defined as 730 days in total. You do not have to complete two consecutive years of residence in Australia. You can accumulate the required two years over the 5 year period that precedes the lodgement of your application.

You can only count the time that you have spent in Australia as a permanent resident or Australian citizen (i.e. you cannot count any time that you held a temporary visa or a bridging visa towards the 2 years). You can count both your date of arrival and departure from Australia, assuming that these dates are different days.

You must satisfy the above requirement in order to obtain a Subclass 155 Resident Return visa that is valid for 5 years. There are no exemptions that will get you around satisfying this requirement. You may be able to obtain a RRV with 1 year of international travel facility if you cannot satisfy this requirement.

Perhaps it is easier to explain this requirement with an example: the international travel facility of your current permanent residency visa is about to expire on 30 January 2014. You decide to be safe and apply for an RRV on 1 January 2014. The relevant five year period that precedes the lodgement of the application is from 1 January 2009 to 1 January 2014. During that period, have you spent at least 730 days in Australia as the holder of a permanent residency visa? If so, then you can apply for an RRV with 5 years of international travel facility.

If you do satisfy this requirement, then you can apply for your RRV online. You can lodge your application while you are inside of Australia, or outside of Australia. The process should be pretty straight forward, and the Department should be able to grant the visa within days or weeks of lodgement.

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Resident Return visa – valid for 1 year

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If you have been in Australia for less than 2 years in the 5 year period that precedes the lodgement of your application, then you may be able to obtain a RRV with 1 year of international travel facility if you meet the below eligibility requirements:

  1. You have been physically present in Australia, however you have been in Australia for less than 2 years during the 5 year period that precedes the lodgement of your application
  2. You have not been absent from Australia for a continuous period of 5 years or more since the grant of your permanent residency visa
  3. You currently hold an Australian permanent residency visa or last departed Australia as an Australian permanent resident or last departed Australia as an Australian citizen, but has subsequently lost or renounced Australian citizenship OR You were an Australian citizen, or an Australian permanent resident, less than 10 years before the application, and you have not been absent from Australia for a period of, or periods that total, more than 5 years in the period from the date that you last departed Australia as an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident to the date of the application, unless there are compelling reasons for the absence.
  4. You have substantial, business, cultural, employment and/or personal ties to Australia which are of benefit to Australia

If you need to show substantial ties to Australia, then you need to submit evidence to demonstrate this.

If you do not meet the second requirement because you have been absent from Australia for a continuous period of 5 years or more since the grant of your permanent residency visa, then you will need to demonstrate ‘compelling reasons’ for your absence (further explanation below).

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Substantial ties requirement

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You can show substantial ties by having business, cultural, employment and/or personal ties.

The Department’s policy does recognise that the longer that you have been away from Australia, the more difficult it may be for you to establish ‘substantial ties’.

Extract from the Department’s policy: In general, it becomes increasingly difficult to demonstrate substantial ties of benefit over extended periods of absence. This is in part because the longer the period of absence the more difficult it is to continue to maintain ties of sufficient import to be considered ‘substantial’.

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Employment ties

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If you have an employment opportunity in Australia, then you may be able to establish ‘substantial ties’ on this basis. The nature of the work is a relevant consideration (i.e. is it permanent, temporary or contract? Is it full-time, part-time or casual?). Policy states that ‘casual work would not normally be considered to be a substantial tie unless the applicant had been living in Australia for a significant period in the last 2 years’.

The Department can consider the following in assessing whether your employment ties is of benefit to Australia:

  1. Whether the role aligns with your qualifications and experience
  2. Whether the role is due to commence immediately
  3. Whether you can demonstrate an intention to stay in Australia for the long term by providing evidence such as a lease agreement, or enrolling your children in school

The Department will also need to consider the ‘genuineness’ of your claim of employment ties (to stop people from forming fraudulent employment ties in order to apply for a RRV).

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Personal ties

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The Department’s policy in relation to substantial personal ties: Substantial personal ties may be of benefit to Australia in the sense that the applicant is, or has been, a participating member of the Australian community and economy, and that their ties enrich the lives of individual Australian residents and citizens.

Policy also states that allowing you to live with your family can be considered to be of benefit to Australia if there is evidence that you and your family have imminent plans to live in Australia permanently. The following examples are given:

  1. If your partner is an Australian citizen and you’re living with your partner outside of Australia. Policy states that this situation ‘should be given considerable weight’
  2. If you’re living overseas with your family and your family includes children (or a child) who are under 18 and are Australian citizens, and you provide evidence to show that you have immediate plans to return to Australia. Policy states that ‘this tie should be given considerable weight’
  3. If you are an Australian citizen and your child is an Australian permanent resident and you need to apply for a RRV for your child. If your child is living outside of Australia with you, policy states this situation ‘should be given considerable weight’ in establishing substantial ties for your child’s RRV application

Other basis for personal ties that are mentioned in The Department’s policy include:

  1. If you have a history of long term residence in Australia prior to the last 5 years, particularly if you have spent your formative years in Australia or has spent a significant amount of time in Australia since first being granted a permanent visa. The longer that you’ve been in Australia since you were granted permanent residency, the more weight is placed on this factor
  2. Personal assets in Australia such as a family home or single investment property. However, whether this personal tie is of benefit to Australia is dependent on whether it is occupied, for example, by a close family member or actively being rented
  3. Having close family members who are Australian citizens or permanent residents and these family members have substantial residence in Australia (I assume that The Department’s policy means that your family members have been living in Australia for a substantial period of time)

With personal ties, if you can show an intention to make Australia your home and you intend to reside here permanently, then you should include evidence that demonstrates this.

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Business ties

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Under The Department’s policy, the applicant needs to ‘to have substantial ownership interests in a business and be involved in the management of the business, however they do not need to have physical residence in Australia. This business should be an Australian business or a branch of a business which has connections with Australia’.

When The Department assesses whether your business ties are of benefit to Australia, your case officer can consider the following (and of course, you’ll need to provide supporting evidence):

  • Your business has led to the creation of employment opportunities in Australia, or for Australian citizens or permanent residents outside of Australia
  • Whether your business generates revenue in or for Australia
  • Size of the business
  • Whether your business enhances links with other countries
  • Whether your business has resulted in the transfer of Australian knowledge and/or technologies offshore and/or evidence of introducing new technologies into Australia.

The above list of considerations is not an exhaustive list. If you have business ties to Australia (i.e. you have substantial ownership interests in a business), then you should have a think about the benefits and relationships that your business is delivering to Australia and Australians, and whether you can evidence these benefits and relationships.

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Cultural ties

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Below is The Department’s policy extract in relation to what constitutes cultural ties:

A substantial cultural tie of benefit to Australia may exist if the applicant’s cultural pursuits are conducted at a professional level or with a degree of public recognition. Some examples of persons who may have substantial cultural ties include, but are not limited to:

  • A person who is accepted as a member of a cultural community within Australia who is actively involved in traditional activities
  • A person involved in the Arts at a professional level
  • Members of religious communities in Australia or
  • Sports persons or professional support staff who are members of Australian sporting associations.

Evidence to support a claim of cultural ties of benefit to Australia may include:

  • Publications
  • Contracts
  • Evidence of membership of cultural associations
  • Newspaper articles
  • Programs from concerts, etc.

As a general observation it is likely that the reasons claimed as cultural ties would be consistent with the basis for the grant of their original permanent visa.

We are sorry but if you leave a comment listing all our connections and ask whether your connections are sufficient, we will not be able to provide you with an answer. We cannot provide you with definite advice as unless we have completed an assessment. We need to have a thorough understanding of all your connections with Australia before we can provide you with definite and useful advice.

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Compelling reasons for absence from Australia

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If you have been absent from Australia for a continuous period of 5 years or more since the grant of your permanent residency visa, then you will need to demonstrate ‘compelling reasons’ for your absence.

The Department’s policy guidelines do provide examples in relation to what may constitute ‘compelling reasons’. Examples include severe illness or death of an overseas family member or been caught up in a natural disaster, political uprising or other similar event. It is not always easy to demonstrate compelling reasons. And generally speaking, ‘every day’ reason for not being in Australia such as work or study commitments are not considered to be ‘compelling’.

Satisfying your case officer that there are ‘compelling reasons’ for your absence can be difficult, and whether your case officer accepts your reasons is discretionary. So if you want to retain the right to travel in and out of Australia as a permanent resident, then we would strongly suggest that you try and avoid this situation where you are absent from Australia for a continuous period of 5 years or more since the grant of your permanent residency visa.

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Subclass 157 – 3 month Resident Return visa

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If you cannot obtain a 155 visa, you may be able to apply for the Subclass 157 Resident Return visa. Specifically, if you do not have any substantial ties with Australia, you may still be able to apply for the 157 visa because you do not need to demonstrate substantial ties with Australia for this visa.

If you are granted this visa, then it is valid for a period of 3 months. This is a permanent residency visa, and you will be allowed to remain in Australia indefinitely if you return to Australia as the holder of this visa.

In order to obtain this visa, you need to demonstrate that:

  1. In the 5 year period that precedes the lodgement of the application, you have been lawfully present in Australia for at least 1 day as an Australian permanent resident or citizen (you cannot rely on time spent in Australia under a temporary or bridging visa in order to satisfy this requirement)
  2. There are ‘compelling and compassionate reasons’ that caused your last departure from Australia OR if you are in Australia and need to travel, you can show a compelling and compassionate reason for having to leave Australia

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Frequently asked questions

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  1. Q: Can I apply for the RRV even though my permanent residency visa has expired?
    A: As explained above, you can still meet the eligibility requirements for a RRV even if your permanent residency visa has expired
  2. Q: Do I need to be in Australia at the time of lodgement?
    A: Generally speaking, no
  3. Q: Should I apply for a RRV before my current permanent residency visa expires?
    A: You can if you want. If it is granted, then the new RRV will replace whatever substantive visa that you were holding
  4. Q: Is there any limit on the number of RRV that I can be granted?
    A: No
  5. Q: If my application is refused, can I apply again?
    A: Yes, but the result may be the same unless you change your application in some way
  6. Q: If I outline my reasons for being away from Australia, can you confirm whether these will be sufficient for ‘compelling reasons for absence’?
    A: See above response

 

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525 thoughts on “Renewing Permanent Residency – 155 & 157 Resident Return Visas

  1. MK

    Hi Peng,

    I held my PR for the first 5 years (expired in 2014) and then renewed it with an RRV in 2014 which expires in 2019 as I have been living overseas since 2012.

    My husband (Australian Citizen) and I moved overseas to care for my old grandmother who is now 97. We still own our house in Australia and plan to move back in a few years. My in-laws, uncles and aunts all are citizens who live in Australia. I was living in Australia for 10 years prior to moving overseas.

    My RRV will be expiring next year. Will I be able to renew as I have not fulfilled the 2 year requirement. As mentioned above I do have a compelling reason to be overseas, and we have still kept our house in Australia as we intend to return there to live.

    Please advise. Your help is much appreciated

    Many thanks

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi MK,
      You should be able to apply for a 1 year RRV if you have a continuing relationship with an Australian citizen.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  2. Jing Min Wong

    Hi

    In 2012, I was granted a permanent residency under Visa 175. It has then since expired. I have gone online and have renewed my Visa, but i notice it now coms under Visa 155 – is this right?

    And if so, how do I get this new visa stamped in my passport?

    Cheers
    Chermaine

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Chermaine,
      155 visa is also a permanent residency visa.
      Department no longer issues visa labels – visas are electronically linked to your passport.
      PC

      Reply
  3. Larry

    Hi Peng,

    I am the main applicant for the PR granted to my family and they have stayed in Australia for the last 4 years but I have been working overseas and have not met the 2 year requirement. They have applied for and got a new RRV already. Could I ask what will happen if I cannot get a RRV renewal? Will they still be PRs even if I lose my status as a PR? Thanks in advance for your advice.

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  4. Choi

    Hello,
    I live in Australia. And my PR will be expired on 2nd of July 2017.
    But I have to go to overseas, and I will come back on 11th of June 2017 .
    Should I apply subclass 155 visa for renewing before I leave?
    Or can I apply when i get back?
    ( I have been staying in australia for 4 years since My visa granted. )

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Choi,
      You can do either really as long as you return before your current visa expires – you should get a 5 year 155 visa in both instance if you satisfy the 2/5 year requirement.
      PC

      Reply
  5. Jeffrey

    Hi Peng,

    I am here in Australia and a PR resident and my 2 daughters ( age 14 and 12 ) stayed here in Australia for at least a year for the last five years. However, they went outside to be with their mom and eventually their PR visa expired. Can I still apply for an RRV for them to come to Australia?

    Thanks

    Jeff

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Jeff,
      They should be able to get a 1 year visa.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

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      1. Jeffrey

        Hi Peng,

        First of all, thank you, Peng.

        Before proceeding, I would just like to clarify that my daughters could still be granted a 1-year RRV visa even though their previous RRV visa had already expired ( which I forgot to mention previously) and THEY ARE PRESENTLY OUTSIDE AUSTRALIA.

        I will recommend your services to my Friends

        Thank you in Advance

        Jeffrey

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        1. Peng Cheng Post author

          You need to provide documents to demonstrate your daughter’s ties to Australia (i.e. yourself) – see above post for visa requirements.
          Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
          PC

          Reply
  6. Furqan

    Hi

    My PR visa expires in Feb 2017 but right now I don’t have any intention to travel. I have only been in Australia for 1 year 10 month so can’t apply for Citizenship. My question is that PR visa say I can live indefinitely in Australia, but its written in website (https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/155-#tab-content-1) that Bridging Visa is require if the existing visa expire and applying for RRV.

    I would appreciate advice in the matter

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Furqan,
      Generally speaking, once you are granted an Australian permanent residency visa, this visa will allow you to travel in and out of Australia for a period of 5 years from the date of grant. This is referred to as your ‘international travel facility’. This does not mean that you are only allowed to lawfully remain in Australia for 5 years. As a permanent resident, you are allowed to lawfully remain in Australia indefinitely As a permanent resident, you are allowed to lawfully remain in Australia indefinitely as a permanent resident as long as you arrive in Australia before your current permanent residency visa expires.
      PC

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  7. Anjani Rao

    Hi Peng

    Me and my husband applied for RRV155 on 25/5/2017 and on 26/5/2017 i received a call from my home country i.e India saying that my father expired this morning and I need to leave the country along with my husband as early as possible ,can we leave the country with out getting approval from Immigration ? An early response would be
    highly appreciated .

    Thank you
    Anjani Rao

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Anjani,
      Yes you can be outside of Australia when the Department decides your application.
      PC

      Reply
  8. Daniel

    Hello,

    My wife’s PR is up for renewal. She came in on a 457 visa. Just curious as to the price of renewal? Thanks in advance.

    Reply
  9. Dil

    Dear Peng

    First of all I would like to appreciate your service

    I was applied for Skilled – Independent Migration, visa class BN subclass 136

    Permanent resident visas were granted to me and spouse on 2004.

    I and my spouse came to Australia on July 2004.

    While we were in Australia, I did my further studies and my spouse worked for our expenses.

    Because of several reasons, we decided to leave Australia on May 2006 after spending almost 22 months in Australia as Permanent Resident holders.

    After leaving Australia, we continued the child making process and it was successful. Child (IVF baby) was delivered in December 2007.

    With the intention of coming back to Australia, we applied PR status for my child and Permanent Resident visa was granted to my child on 2008

    But we (03 of us) didn’t turn up to Australia.

    I, as the Main Applicant, am the Graduate from the University of Western Sydney, NEPEAN

    My spouse is the Member of Institution of Engineers Australia.

    My child is now 9 years and studying in Cambridge Syllabus at International School.

    These days we are more concern about our child education. As world know, Australian education is the best in the world. Therefore I would like to carry out my child education in Australia. (As did my studies in Australia)

    Therefore as professionals, we would like to come back to Australia again and settle permanently.

    I would be appreciate if you could advice us to find the best possible way to get Resident Return Visa.

    Appreciate your kind attention in this regard

    Thank you

    Dil

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Dil,
      You’d need to demonstrate compelling reasons for your absence of 5 years or more, and also ties with Australia – please see above post for requirements.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  10. Steve

    Dear Peng Peng,

    I have just applied for the 155 visa online on the 13th of May and have heard or received anything. Could you tell me how long it will take to process the visa application?

    Reply
  11. Tuktig

    Hi

    I’m
    In Australia and my PR will expire in September 2017. what should I do to extensions on my visa. Thanks

    Reply
  12. Duc

    Dear Peng,
    I have been granted visa sub 189 ( for offshore applicant), and intend to move to Australia very soon. I have chosen the “Intended state of Residence” to be Western Australia in my visa lodgement. But circumstances change due to job prospect, Is it possible if i book airtickets to arrive in another state i.e. Queensland? Do i need to contact Immigration or Case Officer on this?
    Many thanks
    Duc

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Duc,
      You can travel to any state – you don’t need to inform the Department.
      PC

      Reply
  13. Tifa

    Hi Peng,

    I have RRV 157 and my father is an Australian citizen while my sister has permanent resident. My question is – Can I petition my partner even my visa is just RRV?

    Thanks and Regards,
    Tifa

    Reply
  14. Lowell

    Dear Peng ,

    Thank you for the detailed article.
    My PR will expire on Aug 2020.
    I was about to move in Mar 2016 but circumstances lead us to postpone th decision , I was going through an employment change due to recession my wife being pregnant with a third had to relocat back from UAE to India . In oct 2016 I filed for the PR for our 3rd child and we hope to get it later this year .
    Now my wife has been given an opportunity to pursue her PHD in another country and it looks like we can relocate only by 2020 once her course completes .
    Would it be possible to apply for an RRV for the entire family now and be ready ?
    Would it possible to extend PR validity from outside Australia ?
    We would love to move to Australia but the timing is becoming an issue .

    Need your advise and help on what best we can do

    Regards
    Lasrado

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Lowell,
      Sorry but we will need to ask you to contact us for an appointment if you need advice in relation to your options – I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need assistance.
      PC

      Reply
  15. S S Wong

    Hi,

    I have applied for my RRV for a short trip out of Oz. I have only been residing in Oz for about 1 year 3 months. Have substantiated most of the recommended documents. It has been 8 days from the day of application and we have not heard anything from the Immigration department and our flights are booked for next week. Is this normal? All we had so far was an acknowledgement on the day we applied for the RRV online. Should we attempt to go to the Immigration office to find out the status as calling don’t seem to help. Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Wong,
      Generally speaking you can’t get through to your case officer by calling, but you can if you wish.
      Department can decide your application when you are outside of Australia.
      Processing time is around 1-3 weeks. Yes it is normal to only receive the acknowledgement email.
      PC

      Reply
  16. Effie

    Hi, i have a question.
    In 2001 me and my parents received a PR visa sub class 127 and expired at the end of 2016. Now i wish to get RRV. My visa already expired for 10 years and at that time of the issued my visa was a dependent from my parents visa. Can i still apply and get the RRV? I also want to bring my husband and my 2 children with me. What type of visa should they apply?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Effie,
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  17. Anna Trojak

    Dear Peng,
    I hope you can help me further regarding my options For visa extension:
    I lived in Australia for 10 years and was granted a 5 year RRV visa back in Oct 2012. I left Australia approx. 1 month after I was granted my visa. Ever since I have been residing in Europe to care for my grandfather, he turned 92 in March and I don’t expect him passing before my visa expires in Oct this year. I am indesisive if my best option is to apply for a 1 year or 3 month extension? Furthermore, do you have realistic advise in case no extension is granted and my visa expires as I have made the decision not to leave my grandfathers side but want to return to Australia indefinitely after he passes. I only have one substantial tie to back up my claim – I left the majority of my savings in Australia in the form of investments. Also I work as an Accountant for the last 7 years which is in high demand in Australia and has been added to the sponsorship list. Would this fulfill the criteria to apply for a renewal of a RRV visa after my current visa expires?
    Many thanks for any advise in advance, much appreciated.
    Anna

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Anna,
      Sorry but we will need to ask you to contact us for an appointment if you need advice in relation to your options.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  18. Erlina

    Dear Sir,

    We are former Australian Permanent Residence and our PR expired last September 2016. We are willing to live in Australia now, because we think we are ready now. We only stay in Australia less than 2 years (my husband worked there for 3 months and I was only stay during my initial visit). Right now we are applying our RRV and still under assessment, it’s been a month now. We need some advise from you whether our situation would be eligible to get our RRV approve? The reason we were not moving to Australia because we just have a baby during that time, but now our daughter already 7 years old.

    Thank you.
    Regards,
    Erlina

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Erlina,
      Sorry but we will need to ask you to contact us for an appointment if you need advice in relation to your options – I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need assistance.
      PC

      Reply
  19. Nitin

    Hello Peng

    I am a PR holder and living here since 2013. I am eligible for citizenship and have applied this month.However my travel dates expires in Sep 2017. I am not sure if i should wait for the outcome of my citizenship application(not sure how long will it take with the new rules) or apply for RRV in Sep as i might need to travel in December.What is your opinion and how long does it take for the RRV process.

    Cheers

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Nitin,
      Sorry but you would need to get a visa to return to Australia since you don’t have citizenship yet.
      PC

      Reply
  20. Rohini Rao

    Hi Peng,

    My husbands PR is expiring in Sep 2017 – we live in Dubai with the kids. Me and the kids are AU citizens and are currently in Australia visiting my immidiate family. My husband has not lived In Au for more than couple of months all up in the psst 5years. Please advise how to best proceed ?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Rohini,
      Sorry but we will need to ask you to contact us for an appointment if you need advice in relation to your options – I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need assistance.
      PC

      Reply
  21. Saima

    Hi
    Our PR is going to expire in 2019 September but we ate planning to move to Australia in dec 2017 which means we will stay in Australia 2 months less then two years( 22 months)
    Even in this case we wont get 5 years RRV as we r just two months less out of that 2/5 condition?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Saima,
      You can remain in Australia and apply for the 5 year visa when you satisfy the 2/5 year requirement.

      International travel with permanent residency visas

      Generally speaking, once you are granted an Australian permanent residency visa, this visa will allow you to travel in and out of Australia for a period of 5 years from the date of grant. This is referred to as your ‘international travel facility’. This does not mean that you are only allowed to lawfully remain in Australia for 5 years. As a permanent resident, you are allowed to lawfully remain in Australia indefinitely As a permanent resident, you are allowed to lawfully remain in Australia indefinitely as a permanent resident as long as you arrive in Australia before your current permanent residency visa expires.
      PC

      Reply
  22. Kok Hee. LIEW

    Dear sir,

    Renewal 2 years ahead of expiry of 5 -year VISA. ( class 155 )
    ————————————————————————————–

    This is an unusual request as I cannot find it in your frequently asked question and answer pages.

    Renewal was granted for my 2nd 5-year VISA class 155 from 2nd July 2014 – 2 July 2019.

    After using up only 3 years ( from 2nd July 2014 to 2017 – 2 out of 5 years, I wish to renew for my 3 rd 5-year VISA class 155 two years before expiry date on 2nd July 2019.

    My question is:
    Can I renew my next 5-year VISA 2 years before the expiry date on 2 July 2019?

    If OK I shall proceed to apply on 2 July 2017.

    Main Reason is no worries next 5 years for applying for 1-year RRV renewal .

    By 2nd July 2017, I would have over fulfilled 2 years (730 days ) stay , counting backwards last 5 years
    to 2 July 2012.

    Please advise.
    Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Kok,
      Yes you can lodge a 155 visa application at any time, including before your current visa expires.
      PC

      Reply
  23. Linda

    Hi Peng,

    My current RRV Subclass 155 expires in 2 years i.e. 2019. Am I able to renew it now and receive a new 5 year RRV? I have satisfied the condition of staying 2 years in the last 5 years, if its based on a RRV application date of 1 May 2017.

    I’m considering doing this as there is a possibility that I have to leave Australia for the next 4-5 years for work reasons, with sporadic visits back to Australia. If I can get a new RRV now with a 5 year validity from May 2017 to May 2022, I will return to Australia just before the RRV expires in May 2022.

    Thank you.

    Reply
  24. L Chang

    Hi Peng,

    I am currently in Australia and plan to travel oversees on Jun 20 2017. My current 155 RRV expires on May 30 2017.

    I intend to apply for a 1 year RRV soon. Do I need to wait until my RRV is granted then travel? I’m afraid if I’m overseas (from Jun 20) and my RRV is still being processed there will be problems as I do not have a valid visa for re-entry to Australia.

    Thanks in advance for your response.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Chang,
      Department should decide your application well before you travel if you lodge in the next few weeks.
      PC

      Reply
      1. L Chang

        Hi Peng,

        Can I still travel overseas when my current 155 RRV is expired?

        Meaning while overseas (with an expired RRV) I will wait for the DIBP to grant me my new 155 RRV before I make a return trip to Australia.

        Is that doable?

        Thanks.
        Regards,
        Chang

        Reply
        1. Peng Cheng Post author

          Yes you can leave Australia.
          Yes you can apply for the 155 visa while overseas.
          PC

          Reply
  25. Shin

    Hello. I can’t seem to find the cost for RRV. I am a PR holding subclass 101. How much does it cost? Is it different charge if you apply online vs post? Thank you.

    Reply
      1. jocelyn

        Hi i need advice im a permanent resident australia i have not been out australia for 7 years and i would like to go overseas on august 2017,my visa expired 3 months ago and i just submmited my sitizinship application today 4th May 2017,do i need to get RRV to go overseas and comeback while.im.waiting approval of my sitizinship?
        Thank you

        Reply
  26. Raz

    Dear Peng

    I hold a 189 Visa and live in Australia.

    I would like to leave a for a few years and come back and understand the rules about the 155.

    However I keep reading about Visa Reissue:
    “live in Australia for 2 of the 5 years to have the visa “reissued” for a further 5 years.”

    Does this mean the 189 is reissued like a renewal for another 5 years?
    Or does it mean I get issued a 155?

    Thanks!

    Raz

    Reply
  27. Anjali

    Hi

    I m
    In Australia and my PR will expire in October 2017. I will apply for citizenship this week however I doubt that I will get it before October. Do I need to apply for RRV in those circumstances. Please advise

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Anjali,
      You don’t need to apply for a RRV to remain in Australia – you only need a visa if you need to travel overseas.
      PC

      Reply
  28. Peter

    Hi Peng,

    Above in the FAQ it says there is no limit to how many RRV’s you can be granted. But just looking on http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/155- under “What this visa lets you do” it says “The Resident Return visa lets you stay in Australia indefinitely as an Australian permanent resident. It is a permanent visa with a travel facility that lets you travel to and from Australia for up to five years from the date it is granted. Once the travel facility expires you will need to apply for, and be granted, another permanent visa if you want to leave Australia and return as a permanent resident.”

    It says you need to apply for another permanent visa if you want to leave and return as a permanent resident. When they say apply for another permanent visa, do they actually mean apply for another RRV? They don’t mean you have to go through the process of applying for a permanent partner visa again do they?

    Thanks
    Peter

    Reply
  29. James

    Hi

    I arrived in Australia in July 2011 and got Permanent Residency approved on 16 April 2013 for myself and my sons (who were both under 16 at the time). We all returned to the UK in June 2015 but after 2 years I plan to return to Brisbane this June alone.

    Having already done the 2 year qualification period for RRV which will be due this time next year, how would I go about my sons (currently aged 16 & 18) to renew their RRV as they intend to go back to Oz after their relevant College ourses in 2 years time? They are currently “add ons” to my visa, do I need to apply for them individually?

    Would my assumption I can apply online for all 3 next March without any hitches be correct?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi James,
      You need to lodge separate forms and applications for each applicant. See above post for visa requirements which each applicant needs to satisfy independently for their application.
      PC

      Reply
  30. sri

    Hi Peng,
    I have this peculiar problem.
    We have applied for Citizenship. me and my son (4.5yrs old). Since there is a news of toughening the rules of Citizenship, I am bit aware that things wont be smooth as of now.
    However our problem is :
    1) Our PR visa expires in Jan next year…
    2) my son’s passport also expires in Jan next year….

    Are we allowed to stay in Australia if the passport is expired?
    Or should I process for new one … even If I may get citizenship by jan-feb next year.

    Please help !!!

    Sri

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Sri,
      You can stay in Australia after your passport expires – it isn’t against the law to be here while holding an expired passport.
      You do need a valid passport to proceed with your citizenship application.
      PC

      Reply
  31. Krishna

    Hi Peng,
    My wife Hold Visa subclass 886 which will expire in September 2017. she got that visa as my dependent.
    For renewing her PR now what subclass I need to apply for. She is in Australia all the time after receiving her visa in September 2012.
    Thank you,

    Reply
  32. Lynn

    Hi Peng,

    My 176 PR visa expire on 31st May. I need to travel to Australia from 10-24 May. If I apply for the 155 now, before the new visa to be granted, do I have current visa 176 valid for enter? If I apply onshore and leave the country, will that affect my application?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Lynn,
      If I apply for the 155 now, before the new visa to be granted, do I have current visa 176 valid for enter? yes
      If I apply onshore and leave the country, will that affect my application? DIBP can decide your application when you are outside of Australia.
      PC

      Reply
  33. Anna

    Hi, could you advise if I need to apply for RRV separately for me and each of my kids when applying online? And pay same amount for each? Thanks

    Reply
  34. Mahi

    Hi Peng,
    I was granted PR sponsored by my husband (Australian Citizen) in Sept 06, then I left Australia in Mar 07.
    Since then i never returned to Australia and my PR expired now almost more than 5 years.
    My husband (currently outside Australia) has divorced me and I have 2 kids (both Australian Citizen) and i am just a house wife. I want to settle in Australia with my kids.
    I have following queries:
    1- can i apply for RRV
    2- Which RRV
    3.- Chances of getting RRV
    4- Can I take my kids along with me
    5- Does my ex-husband has any role in getting me this visa permission
    6- If u share any additional information that help me in getting this visa

    thanks

    Mahi

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Mahi,
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  35. Tim

    Dear Peng,

    Thanks for maintaining such an excellent and helpful web resources that I would recommend to people I know.

    I (main applicant of 176 visa), my wife and daugther (2ndry applicant) were granted subclass 176 PR visa which will expire in Sep 2017. My wife and daugther will settle in Australia in July 2017 and intend to stay (with daughter studying) there 4 years for the citizenship, while I will mostly be working outside Australia. We will be applying for RRV to gain flexibility of travelling.

    I intend to use my wife’s and daugther’s residency in Australia as personal tie for my RRV application, but in the worst case scenario where I failed to be granted a RRV, would that affect my wife’s and daugther’s application for RRV and citizenship?

    Thanks,
    Tim

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Tim,
      No they can apply for the RRV and citizenship when they independently satisfy the relevant requirements – your situation won’t affect their eligibility.
      PC

      Reply
      1. Tim

        Hi PC

        Thanks a lot for your swift reply and that’s a great relief to me.

        May I ask one more question on application timing and applying on/off shore:
        The supporting documents (for proving ties) for my RRV 155 application will only be available in early September 2017 but my 176 is expiring in mid September 2017; I also need to travel to Australia in end September 2017. I am worry that even if I apply RRV in early September 2017, it may not be granted in time for my trip to Australia in end September. If my 176 visa expire before the decision of the RRV 155, would the application of an ETA affect the processing of the RRV 155? Does it make any difference if I lodge my RRV 155 on or off shore?

        Thanks and regards,
        Tim

        Reply
        1. Peng Cheng Post author

          Sorry we do charge a fee for our time and work when you need such advice – I can’t give yes or no answers based on your comment information.
          Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
          PC

          Reply
  36. Athula

    Dear Peng,
    My family (4 members) PR visa expired on 16th March 2014. I stayed in Australia fir 10 days in 2009. I departed from Australia on 2nd August 2009. Now, I work as a civil Engineer in Sri Lanka. I had PR visa class BN resident, sub class 137. When I arrived Australia in 2009 there was an economic recession in the world. Even Australia was affected by that. So I couldn’t find a occupation in Australia.Can my family apply for RRV sub class 155/157 for a job as a civil Engineer in Australia.
    -Athula-

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Athula,
      You would need to demonstrate compelling reasons for your 5 years or more of absence – please see above post.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  37. Mahesh

    Hi Peng,

    Myself and the family received the PR (Sub class 190) in 2013 and was in Australia for around 5 months and now our 5 year validity period is nearing expiry (Aug 2018), is there any chance to applying for a RRV for 5 years ? or will it be only for 01 year, since we have not stayed 2 years within the 1st 5 years ?

    Really appreciate your advise.

    Cheers

    Mahesh

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Mahesh,
      DIBP can grant a 1 year visa if you have sufficient ties to Australia – please see above post.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  38. wangtong

    Hi Peng

    I’m currently holding an ENS121 PR visa, on this visa, I have myself and my 5 year old dependent child. This visa is going to expire on May 2017, do I need to apply for RRV for myself and my child seperately, or can I add my child as an dependent to my RRV application?

    Many thanks.

    Cheers
    Tong

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Tong,
      You need to lodge separate applications for yourself and your child – link in above post.
      PC

      Reply
  39. Nick

    Hi Peng,

    My Permanent Resident Visa Expiry Date is July 2017. From what I read on your site, the RRV Sub Class 155/157 can be applied even after the Visa expiry date ? Does it mean the Permanent Residency status will not expire and only the international travel visa will expire ?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Nick,
      From what I read on your site, the RRV Sub Class 155/157 can be applied even after the Visa expiry date ? Yes it is possible to satisfy the legal requirements after your PR has expired.
      Does it mean the Permanent Residency status will not expire and only the international travel visa will expire ? Yes but only if you are in Australia already.
      PC

      Reply
  40. Umme Adan

    Hi Peng,
    I hold PR which is going to expire in September 2017. I have been absent throughout the period but had spent only 2/3 days as Permanent Resident. My husband is Australian citizen. We have been absent for his job and studies. My questions are:
    1. As only 4 months are left to get my PR visa expired, can i travel on the PR visa till august or do i need RRV.
    2. If i won’t visit Australia for some reasons then my PR status would be cancelled or just the PR visa? I mean would i still be the Permanent Resident.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Umme,
      1. As only 4 months are left to get my PR visa expired, can i travel on the PR visa till august or do i need RRV. You can enter while your visa is valid.
      2. If i won’t visit Australia for some reasons then my PR status would be cancelled or just the PR visa? I mean would i still be the Permanent Resident. Your visa would just expire – you’d need to have a valid PR visa if you want to enter Australia as a permanent resident.
      PC

      Reply
      1. Umme Adan

        One more query Peng, as my husband and kids are citizens of Australia can i apply for Citizenship under certain conditions?

        Reply

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