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

  1. Ryan

    Hello, I am a former PR and have been outside Australia for 6 years studying in the UK. I’ve visited Australia twice (in 2015 and 2016) on tourist visas. My wife is Australian and my two children hold Australian passports. I was previously resident on a spousal visa and we lived in Australia for nearly 4 years leaving in 2011. We plan to move back permanently from October 2017.
    I am pretty sure I will have to provide some evidence, but the online form doesn’t allow me to attach documents.
    If I apply online, will the Perth office contact me back requesting the evidence? Or should I apply initially using the paper form? (the paper form incurs an additional 80 dollar cost).
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Ryan,
      You can upload documents after you pay and lodge your visa application, via the same Immiaccount that you used to lodge your application.
      PC

      Reply
  2. Thomas garrett

    Hi Peng,
    Thank you for proving all this info.
    Quick question I have been a PR since 2007 but last 4 years been pending time working FIFO. I was advised that I didn’t meet the 3/5 before my 5 years was going to run out, so had to apply for a RRV which has just come back as 1 year. My question is this. Is this 3/5 a rolling time frame or from when the new RRV was granted. If it is a rolling one, I was advised by AUS GOV IMM that I would be legible in October. Can I apply for the 5 year one as soon as I can, for peace of mind and so I don’t have to pay $330 every year

    Many thanks
    Thomas

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Thomas,
      Relevant 5 years is ‘rolling’ – its the last 5 years before the date of lodgement for your application.
      PC

      Reply
  3. Julia

    Hi, I have a visa sub class 155 which expired April 2017. I’ve been living in Australia since 2007 on that visa and didn’t realised I had to renew after 5 years. I left to NZ and was advised by custom to renew online before I came back. Which I did but only 3 days ago. My return flight is tomorrow. Would I be able to go back? If I get a tourist visa just to get through customs would the RRV be cancelled? Many thanks for your help

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Julia,
      Sorry but you need to be outside of Australia at the time of decision if you are outside of Australia at the time of lodgement.
      You can lodge a new application when you come back.
      PC

      Reply
  4. Satish kumar sharma

    Hi Peng,
    I obtained RRV 155 for the period Oct 2015 to Oct 2016 for one year and living in Australia since September 2016. I am planning to visit my native country in December 2017 for three months , of course after getting renewed the RRV . Shall I be eligible for 5 years PR in March 2019
    period of stay in Australia = Sept 2016 To November 2017 ~ 14 months
    Feb 2018 To February 2019 – 12 months
    Total =. More than two years in about two and half years.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Satish,
      Yes you can get a 5 year visa when you satisfy the 2/5 years residency requirement as explained above.
      PC

      Reply
  5. MT

    Hi Peng Cheng,

    Thanks for the great article. My permanent residency is due to expire in 01 Sep and I have not been returned to Australia since the grant of my permanent residency visa. If I got seconded to Australia for 2 years, will that help in my renewal application? What will happen to my tax treatment? Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi MT,
      You may be able to apply for a 1 year visa if you have an employment offer – please see above post.
      Sorry we only provide advice in relation to migration issues.
      PC

      Reply
  6. Shabeen

    Dearest Peng,

    I am a pharmacist and a NZ Citizen living in Aust with my husband who is an Aust Citizen and we have a daughter who is born here and an Australian. I applied for PR under the subclass 175 skilled independent in 2009 and was granted PR on 3 April 2009. The 5 year re-entry expired on 3 April 2014 and the visa ceased on 10 Jan 2015. I forgot to renew the re-entry and because I am a NZ Citizen I am now on a subclass special catergory visa that allows me to remin here indefinatley. I want to renew my PR as I have lived in Aust since 2006 so that I can later apply for Citizenship. Can I lodge the application for a 155 visa online and while I am here in Australia? Your guidance will be much appreciated.

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      1. shabeen

        Thank you Peng you are most helpful and your website and the information contained in it is very informative and superb. Keep it up please.

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        1. Shabeen

          Peng,

          Thank you. I was granted granted a 5 years RRV 155 (BB) on 29 July 2019.. Can I apply for my citizenship now as I am a PR and based upon the fact that I have lived here for 11 years continuously out of which I held PR for 5 years from 2009-2014 until it expired and now granted 155 RRV. Or do I have to wait for another 4 years before applying from 29 July 2017?

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          1. Peng Cheng Post author

            You can apply for citizenship now if you satisfy the relevant requirements.
            PC

  7. Aga

    Hallo Peng,
    I am the holder of 155 RRV for 5 years which is due to expire in November 2017. I have stayed in Australia for about 15 months during the last 5 years. Just applied for 1 year 155 RRV a week ago. I have a 5 yo daughter, I have a property in Australia (residential) and my only sister lives there many years. Currently Im in Malaysia.
    My question is: from your experience are my ties with Australia considered substantial to be granted 1y 155 visa. And how long does it take to get the approval for 1y 155 RRV (I attached all documents when lodging the application). Thank you for your reply,
    Agnieszka

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Aga,
      You should be able to get a 1 year visa if you are living overseas with your Australia daughter.
      Department’s processing time is around 1-3 weeks.
      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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  8. Harry

    Hi Peng
    Just a quick question regarding RRV, if my Wife Only completes 2 years (730days) in Australia and i have just completed 6 month in Australia. If my Wife get RRV do i get as well automatically? Or do i need to complete my 2years Separately?

    Thanks

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Harry,
      Yes to get the 5 year 155 visa.
      You can get a 1 year visa on the basis of your spouse relationship and her 155 visa.
      PC

      Reply
  9. Sri Wahyuni

    Hi Peng,
    My visa will expire on October this year. I will go to my country about that month. How i can renew my visa? How i can get VEVO number?
    thx

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  10. Yessica

    Hi Peng,

    i have 155 visa valid for 1 year say since 1 February 2015. I’ve been living in australia since 1 February 2015 till now and haven’t travel overseas since. Am I eligible to get 155 visa for 5 years?

    Reply
  11. gab

    hello peng
    1. How long does it take to renew PR if you apply inside Australia ?
    2. Do I get the same rights in Australia after renewing my PR ?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Department’s processing time should be around 1-4 weeks.
      Yes the visa would remain the same.
      PC

      Reply
  12. Chin

    Hi Peng,
    Seem that you doing a great job replying everyone question:)
    My mother in law arrive Aust b4 her visa 155 expired in April, I just help her lodge in application on 4/7/17 but haven’t receive the approval yet. My question is before the approval of her visa, can she leave aust? Her flight is tomorrow.

    Thanks and best regards,
    Chin

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      1. Jo

        Hi peng,

        How soon can we go out the country while waiting for the decision? 1 day after the online application? Do we need to inform immigration that we will be travel outside Australia while waiting for the decision?
        How about airline when we return from overseas? As usually airlines will need to verify if you have the right to return to australia.

        Many Thanks
        Jo

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        1. Peng Cheng Post author

          ​Hi Jo,
          How soon can we go out the country while waiting for the decision? 1 day after the online application? You can leave at any time after lodgement.
          Do we need to inform immigration that we will be travel outside Australia while waiting for the decision? No.
          How about airline when we return from overseas? As usually airlines will need to verify if you have the right to return to australia. Yes think most airlines require this.
          PC

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          1. Jo

            Hi peng,

            Thank you for sharing your professionals knowledge and advices. Sorry i didnt make last question clear. Continue previous question. Will it be good enough just show the existing passport to airlines counter upon check in as I don’t have any residency label on my passport and waiting for immmigration decision when I returned from overseas.

            Many Thanks

            Jo

  13. Bryan Cook

    Hey Peng
    I have quick question. I will be short of about 7 days of the 2 years for a RRV 155 before it expires. Can I let it expire and continue to stay in Australia for 8 days and then renew to qualify for the 5 years? In other words can I let it expire so long as I am in Australia for a short period and then renew to qualify for 5 years?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Bryan,
      Yes you can do that – you can remain here indefinitely as a PR visa holder as long as you are in Australia.
      PC

      Reply
  14. Josie

    Hi peng,

    I am seeking your knowledge and advice on my case. I was absent from australia in the last 5 years and only been in Australia for 1 day before my 5 years – subclass 155 expired.

    I entered Australia on 27/11/2016 which 1 one day before visa expired on 28/11/2016. After staying 7 months in Australia. I had applied another RRV on 23/06/2017 and granted a 1 year RRV subclass 155.
    On 01/06/2017( During that period i was unemployment and no family tie but somehow the case officer still granted me 1 year RRV. I believed it might due to I was working and obtain my degree in Australia for 10 years prior the absent of five years )
    I then left Australia since 14/06/2017. I am planning to go back australia on August 2017 to get accumulated 2 years out of 5 years.

    My question here is does my previous 7 months stayed can bring forward to my next round RRV. Or accumulation only start court the days when i return back to australia on august 2017 to the next RRV application?

    Thank you in advance
    Josie

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Josie,
      For the 5 year visa, the relevant 5 year period the immediate 5 years before the date that you lodge your visa application – you need to determine if you’ve lived here for 2 years in those 5 years.
      PC

      Reply
  15. Ye

    Hi Peng,

    I am currently overseas and my visa expires on the first of August 2017. Is it possible to renew my permanent visa overseas and online?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Ye,
      Yes you can lodge a 155 visa application when you are outside of Australia – please see above post for visa requirements.
      PC

      Reply
  16. Wen

    Hi Peng,

    If my PR has expired,can I still leave Australia and apply my RRV later in a month outside Australia?

    Thanks

    Wen

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Wen,
      Yes you can lodge a 155 visa application when you are outside of Australia – please see above post for visa requirements.
      PC

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      1. Wen

        Hi Peng,

        Thanks for your reply. I have another query besides applying RRV online can I go to the office in Perth to get my visa done if I have stayed 2 out of 5 years? ( I just worry my calculations of days and the immigration varies then I might be short of few days to be at least 2 years )

        Thanks
        Wen

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        1. Peng Cheng Post author

          I’m not sure if they provide this service at their office – you’d need to call them to confirm.
          PC

          Reply
  17. Lola

    Hi Peng
    Great info above. I have a couple of questions if you don’t mind.
    I’ve been living in Australia since january 2011, I was sponsored on a 457 in February 2013 & was granted my 187 PR in June 2016.

    I’ve lodged my citizenship application June 2017 although it’s looking uncertain if it will even get looked at with this new legislation being issued.
    In the mean time do I need to let the department know if I’m going overseas for holidays?

    Also,If this legislation gets passed & my citizenship gets evoked, can I split up my 2 years that I need to spend in Australia to renew my pr?
    & if I’m outside Australia when my pr expires but I’ve completed 2 years in Australia (not consecutively) will I still be granted another 5 years from outside?

    Hope this makes sense, thanks.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Lola,
      In the mean time do I need to let the department know if I’m going overseas for holidays? No – unless the Department has asked you to do this for your citizenship application.
      Also,If this legislation gets passed & my citizenship gets evoked, can I split up my 2 years that I need to spend in Australia to renew my pr? Yes
      & if I’m outside Australia when my pr expires but I’ve completed 2 years in Australia (not consecutively) will I still be granted another 5 years from outside? Yes
      PC

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  18. stephanie

    Hi peng,

    I just wanted to ask some advice,we are permanent residents under 189, i applied out permanent PR as a family, our international travel facility will expire next july 2018, i wanted to apply for for New RRV as early ad next year, but i am just confuse, me and my husband has lived here in australia to work, but our son in lives in the philippines and just occasionally visits us. He has not satisfied the 2yrs living in australia, he is still 8 yrs old, when i apply for New RRV what should i do? Will he still be under me or my dependent when we apply for RRV? Or should i apply him separately?

    And one more question. If we apply for new RRV will our old visa subclass 189 will be change? Or will still remain, and the new RRV will be the only one that will change. I hope you can help me. Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Stephanie,
      You need to lodge separate applications for all applicants, including children.
      The 155 visa will replace your 189 visa if granted.
      PC

      Reply
  19. Vishal

    Hi Peng

    I have dependent PR visa which is valid until November 2019. As of date I have spent 3 months in Australia and I am not sure if I will be able to complete 2 years until November 2019. In worst possible situation I will be able to complete at least 1 year in 5 years and thus will be eligible to apply for RRV- 1 year?
    Would employment ties be sufficient to secure RRV for 1 year? What would happen after RRV expires after 1 year? Can I apply again for another RRV?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Vishal,
      In worst possible situation I will be able to complete at least 1 year in 5 years and thus will be eligible to apply for RRV- 1 year? I don’t think that living in Australia for 1 year is a strong tie, but this decision is at the discretion of your case officer. Returning and settling in Australia on a long term basis while your visa is valid should be sufficient to satisfy the ties requirement
      Would employment ties be sufficient to secure RRV for 1 year? Full-time employment should be fine.
      What would happen after RRV expires after 1 year? Can I apply again for another RRV? Yes if you satisfy the visa requirements
      PC

      Reply
  20. Pankaj Pandya

    Hi

    I was granted PR in Nov 2012 and arrived here in March 2013. Since then i am in Australia. My PR is expiring in Nov 2017. What do i need to do to renew the same.

    Thanks
    Pankaj Pandya

    Reply
  21. Alex

    Hello Peng

    I will make my story short I’m 35 years old divorced and I currently hold subclass 155 (3 months validity) which has expired 2 years ago, my family are Australian living in Melbourne; after a big mess I faced in the last few years now I’m ready to join my family and settle in Australia permanently. Can I apply for a second RRV ? & What are my chances of granting a second RRV?
    I would greatly appreciate any advice or suggestions you might be able to provide.

    Thank you for your attention to the matter.

    Regards
    Alex

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Alex,
      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
  22. Lisa

    Hi Peng Cheng,

    I was granted a PR visa subclass 175 in 2012 which is about to expire in September. I have only been in Australia for 4 days ( in 2013) since I was granted the visa. All this while I have been in Malaysia as my dad has got Parkinson’s since 2009 and my siblings are abroad. My sister is an Australian citizen. What are ny chances of getting a RRV 155?
    Should I do an onshore or offshore application ?

    Thanks.

    Lisa

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Lisa,
      Sorry but I don’t think that having a sister in Australia is sufficient for the ties requirement.
      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
      1. Lisa

        Hi Peng,
        Thank you for your reply.
        I have been looking after my dad who has Parkinsons since 2012, would that be considered as a compelling reason?

        Thanks.

        Regards,
        Lisa

        Reply
        1. Peng Cheng Post author

          That sounds like a reasonable basis for compelling reasons.
          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
  23. Mema

    Hi Peng,
    I live in Australia. Got my PR in feb 2013 and it will expire in 5th feb 2018. My question is that m traveling over seas with family in dec 2017 to mid of January 2018. Do I need to renew my permanent resident because as it mentioned in my PR must not arrived before 5th feb 2018.

    Thanks,
    Mema

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Mema,
      You can return on that visa while it is still valid – returning in Jan is fine if your visa is valid until Feb.
      PC

      Reply
  24. Ahmed

    Hi Peng,
    I hold a PR (sub class 100) since 2012 that will expire October 2017. Currently i live with my wife and 3 kids (all Australian citizens) overseas and visited Australia only 2 times since i had been granted the PR each time for a duration of 3 weeks. I currently have reasons which does not allow me to return before the expire date. Can i apply for RRV 155 that allow me a travel facilities of 1 year before the expire date? Or i need to send my family back to Australia to be able to fulfill the personal ties condition?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Ahmed,
      You should be able to get a 1 year visa if you are living overseas with Australian citizen immediate family.
      PC

      Reply
  25. Aditya Rajain

    Hi Peng,

    I got visa grant on 8th November 2016 and PR is valid until 7th Nov 2021 as per visa subclass 189.
    I landed here in Sydney on 20th June 2017 and will have to return back to my home country due to some issues for now. However, I will be able to return only after 2 to 2.5 years.

    Query: Is it mandatory to get Tax File Number(TFN), Medicare registration, Centrelink registration, and Bank Account opening completed in this visit?

    Request your guidance in this question as I will eb able to come back only after 2 years. Thanks

    Thanks,
    Aditya

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Aditya,
      Is it mandatory to get Tax File Number(TFN), Medicare registration, Centrelink registration, and Bank Account opening completed in this visit? No the only obligation is to enter Australia.
      PC

      Reply
  26. Sun

    Hi Peng

    Renewing my 5 year visa 155 online and I’m overseas but you said I will get 1 year visa instead . Shouldn’t I get 5 year one by default ? Or is it because I’m applying from overseas where I am with my Aussie family

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      As per above post: 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
      PC

      Reply
  27. george

    hi peng my partner is a permanent resident
    she will be due to apply for a resident return visa august 2018,one
    of the requirments is that she has to be in australia for 2 out of the 5 years
    in the past 4 years we have been back to indonesia (where she’s from)
    quite a few time’s long for holidays and family visit’s so we’ve lost track
    of how much time she has actually spent here in australia is there a
    way of finding this out thru department of immigration and border protection

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi George,
      Suggest that she tries calling the Department and see if they have this information.
      PC

      Reply
  28. Sun

    Dear Peng

    I’m currently a 155 permanent resident of Australia and about to renew it. Im overseas since 2013 due to personal family reasons ..my questions:

    I have a new passport . Is it necessary to notify first or can I directly apply for rrv 155 ?
    Will that cause complicated delay at airport if I don’t?

    Can I pay from my westpac account using BPay?

    Since I’ve been away with my Australian wife and child for 4 years should that cause me any concerns ?

    Is it advisable to apply online before I travel back to Australia or better to do it in person .

    PS : I WILL be travelling back to Aus BEFORE my current rrv expires ..

    Thanks a lot .

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Sun,
      You should be able to get a 1 year visa if you are living overseas with Australia family – you should be able to get this visa irrespective of whether you are in or outside of Australia.
      See the Department’s website for payment instructions.
      You can upload your old and new passports to this application.
      PC

      Reply
  29. Davy

    Hi peng,
    If my PR is already expired and i am currently outside australia, does that mean I cannot go back to australia unless I already have 155 visa?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Davy,
      You do need a valid and current visa to enter Australia if you don’t have citizenship.
      PC

      Reply
  30. Raj Singh

    Dear PC
    Thanks for your valuable comments.
    I have a query regarding RRV.
    I was granted PR under sub class 175 on 03/07/2009. I have visited two times for six weeks each and my last date of visit was from 15/05/2012 to 07/07/2012, I had to return to my country due to bad health of my father as he suffered from dementia ( Alzheimer ) disease. My mother became heart patient during year 2013. I has sufficient evidence about the disease / treatment of my parents.
    I had to take care of both of them. Not my sister has taken the responsibility of the care of my parents and I want to return to Australia. I can provide evidence by enrolling my children in Australian school/college.
    Am I eligible for RRV.If yes under which sub class.
    Thanks
    Raj Singh

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Raj,
      You may be able to apply for a 157 visa if you have compelling reasons for being away from Australia – please 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
  31. Catherine McMillan

    Hi, my child and I are permanent resident currently living in Australia. We have a holiday planned at the end of the month and I need to apply for a RRV (155) for my child as his visa expired (I have already renewed mine online late last year as I had an overseas travel scheduled). My online Immigration account doesn’t give me the option to apply for my child: how do I need to proceed?
    Thanks in advance,
    Catherine

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Catherine,
      You can lodge an online application for your child, like with your application.
      PC

      Reply
  32. Padraig Moran

    Hello
    I would like to print out the Visa 155 for Re-Entry to Australia
    is that possible please ,
    Kind Regards
    Padraig ,

    Reply
  33. Grainne Whelan

    Hi
    My citizenship test is next week. The travel component of my PR visa has just expired. I am travelling overseas in August. Do I need to apply for a RRV or as I will have my citizenship test completed can I still travel on my current PR Visa.

    Thanks

    Reply
  34. Shudh

    Hi Peng,

    Thank you for the article, it’s very helpful. My PR expires in September 2017 and I have applied for my citizenship in June 2017. The immigration has advised me that it might take up to 10 months to process. Do I need to renew my PR if I am not planning on travelling anytime soon even though my PR will expire before my citizenship is granted?

    Reply
  35. John Winkler

    Hello,
    I renewed my PR over a year ago and since replaced my passport. I’m due to leave the country next week, do I need to get a sticker placed in my new passport to reflect the current RRV? Or is it all electronic? There is nothing in my new passport that shows I have PR status.

    Thank you for your assistance
    John

    Reply
  36. Cindy Suteja

    Hi Peng, can i rely on my aunt/uncle who are australian citizen as part of my substantiate ties with Australia? I have an australian permanent residency that is due to expire, however i ve only stayed for less than 1mth in the last 5yr

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Cindy,
      Generally speaking, extended family isn’t sufficient for the ties requirement.
      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. Arun

    Hi Peng,
    Just Want to know that Once I applied online application for RRV with required fees and then what will be the next step, will I be notified for how to get RRV stamp on my passport means will I be called to nearest immigration office to get the stamp?

    Regards
    Arun

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Arun,
      The visa is electronically linked to your passport if it is approved. The Department no longer issues visa labels.
      PC

      Reply
  38. Hong

    Hello Peng , , I was living in Australia 22 monthes in last 5 years before I lodge the application, and now they granted me a visa 155 to travel 1 year. I wondering after 1 year of visa finish could I apply another one ? If I do , will I be able to apply for visa 155 of 5 years? ( I mean will they add up my 22 monthes in Australia the last 5 year) thanks u

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Hong,
      Yes you can apply for the 5 year 155 visa when you satisfy the 2/5 year requirement.
      PC

      Reply
        1. Peng Cheng Post author

          Hi Jojo,
          You can live here indefinitely as explained in the above post, and also get another 1 year 155 visa if you maintain your ties to Australia.
          PC

          Reply
  39. Rahul

    Hi Peng,

    Is the fee of $360 applicable for entire family or just one member?
    If I’m applying for a family RRV (myself, spouse & daughter) will the fee be $1080?
    Appreciate your support.

    Cheers
    Rahul

    Reply
  40. Mike

    Hi Peng

    You are doing a great job. I got my 176 (Skilled Sponsored) PR back in 2014, similar to the 190 visa. Currently I am based in Oman. My PR will expire in January 2019. I was sponsored by the Victorian State and there is an obligation to live and work in Victoria for two years. I saw my PR and found that there is no condition on the visa that compels me to stay in Victoria for 2 years. I am happy to stay in Victoria if I get a job there.

    However I wanted to ask whether I am free to move any other state in Australia for job purpose or do I need to ensure that I spend 2 years in Victoria? If i move to any other state in Australia for job purpose would it have any affect on my citizenship?

    Thanks
    Mike

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Mike,
      Sorry haven’t had a client in this situation before.
      I know that the state government body can provide you with a release letter, but you’ll need to contact them for further information.
      If you satisfy the requirements for citizenship, then I don’t think that this would affect your citizenship application.
      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 options.
      PC

      Reply

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