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

  1. William

    Hi, I applied for RRV 155 on 22 Dec 2017 offshore based on personal ties. Still no result up to today
    My current visa expired on 11 Jan 2017 and I managed to enter Australia on that date.

    Will my 155 application still be processed since I lodged it when I was offshore and now I am now back in Australia?

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi William,
      You need to be outside of Australia at the time of decision if you were outside at the time of lodgement.
      You can lodge a new 155 visa application when you are in Australia.
      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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  2. gabriel

    Hi , my dad has been living in brazil for over 5 years and wants to return to Australia (was formerly a permanent resident). He has compelling reason to leave australia as he was looking after a sick relative. Currently he is visiting family in america, and he wants to know if he is able to apply for his RRV to come back to Australia from america, or if he needs to go back to brazil and apply from there.

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Gabriel,
      Your father can lodge his application when he is America – he doesn’t need to be in Brazil to lodge.
      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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  3. Grant

    Hi Peng,

    Thank you for the comprehensive article!
    I have a question for my mum who has a 143 (contributory parent) visa, and she can’t fulfill 2 years within the 5 year period.
    If she gets a 155, 1 year visa, how long does she have to stay in Australia to apply for the next visa?

    Thank you for your help!

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Grant,
      2/5 years to get a 5 year visa – please see above post.
      For the 1 year visa, this depends on her ties with Australia and her time in Australia is only a factor in this assessment.
      PC

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      1. Jonathan

        Hi Peng,
        Thank you for you article!
        I have simliar case here, my father who has a 143 (contributory parent) visa, and he can’t fulfill 2 years within the 5 year period. However, if he is able to go back to Australia just before his current visa expires and stay for 2 more years, will he be eligible to apply 155(5 years rrv) then? Thanks

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        1. Peng Cheng Post author

          Hi Jonathan,
          He can if he lives here for 2 years and returns as a permanent resident before his current visa expires.
          PC

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  4. Dora Song

    Hi
    My husband and I are on a 1 year RRV Subclass 155 on personal ties. We had applied for a renewal of RRV on 22nd December 2017. Todate we have not received any reply. We had booked our travel ticket to leave on Monday 8th January 2018 night.

    Is it okay to leave the country before our RRV are granted? Will we be having problems in applying for future RRV in event that our RRV is not granted if we leave the country before RRV is granted.

    I apologize for the late notification of our travel arrangement as I am waiting for our RRV from department.

    Thanks

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  5. Liza LLAGA

    Hi, I am Liza. I lodged my RRV renewal application last 14th of December 2017, my existing RRV will expire tomorrow 06 January 2018. What’s gonna happen if my visa expires tomorrow and I’m still not receiving any advice from the Department of Immigration regarding my RRV renewal application? thank you.

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Liza,
      If you are in Australia, then you can continue to remain in Australia as a permanent resident – see above post:
      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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      1. Michelle

        Hi Peng, I’m in the same situation where I logded RRV on 5 Dec 2017 and have got no response till now. My current RRV expires tomorrow. My concern is I’m living/ applying overseas, so what will happen after my RRV expires?

        Thank you

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        1. Peng Cheng Post author

          Hi Michelle,
          You are no longer be a permanent resident, until the department grants you another PR visa.
          PC

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          1. Michelle

            Thanks Peng.

            Since you mentioned I’m no longer a PR now, shall I wait for the RRV to be finalized or re-apply PR?

            When will be the commencement date of my PR status? Is it my initial grant date back in 2008, or the new grant date on my RRV? When I apply for citizenship/ 5 year RRV in the future, will they count only from the new grant date?

            Thank you and much appreciate for your reply.

          2. Peng Cheng Post author

            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

  6. Mandi

    Hi Peng
    My permanent visa expired and have been living whole time in aus during permanent residency. So how long it would take to grant RRV if I want to travel oversease

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Mandi,
      Department’s processing time is anywhere from a few days, to 6-10 weeks, depending on the complexity of your application.
      PC

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  7. Miriam

    Hi Peng,

    I lodged my RRV application mid Nov (15/11) and I’m still waiting for immi’s response. Understand that processing time is very slow at this juncture, however, based on your experience, could it take more than 8 weeks or even more? 3 mths? 6 mths? I did not fulfill the 2 out of 5 years stay requirement and I need immi’s assessment on my substantial ties provided to decide on grant of RRV. In case of weak ties / complication, will it cause my case to be put to low priority or the department is processing based on submission time? I have seen a number of similar queries asking for processing time after a mth’s waiting. There’s no feedback after that as in ultimately how long has the applicants waited for to get their RRV response. I’m currently in my Week 7 of waiting and the plate is getting hotter. Appreciate Peng your experienced shed of light, which would greatly help my decision for next step. Sincere thank you and Fruitful 2018 !!

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    1. Sanjaya

      My situation is almost same. I applied on 4/dec. 157 visa. Still status is “received”.did u get yours. Pls be kind to update when you get it. Because mine will come after at least 2 weeks you get yours. Thank you.

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      1. Asim

        I applied on Dec. 12 and I don’t meet the 2/5 years requirement either. Status is still the same “Received and will be assessed”

        Please do post when you get yours to help us estimate when we should expect ours.

        Thanks in advance!

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    2. Peng Cheng Post author

      At the moment, more complicated applications usually takes around 6-10 weeks for the department to decide.
      PC

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        1. MG

          Hi, Just for benefit of everyone here –
          I applied for a 155 visa on 12 Nov 2017, and received email on 24 Nov for further information / documents (proving ties). I submitted everything on 27 Nov, and after wait of several weeks (and canceling my original booked tickets), got my visa on 3 Jan 2018. And surprisingly they gave a 157 visa, and not a 155 visa.
          So for whatever reason, the processing times are quite stretched. I chose not to travel till I got the visa, because I did not want to be stuck overseas waiting to get the visa to come back to Australia.
          Cheers,
          MG

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          1. PV

            Thank you MG for sharing your experience. I think the date of application is kind of making a big difference here. I applied on 15th Nov and is still stuck with them. I believe most applications applied before 15th have been closed like yours.

      1. Miriam

        Hi Peng,

        Do you forsee any issue with such delay for my case? Thanks MG for his updates here. Very useful! He lodged his application 3 days earlier than mine and has got case officer assigned in the next week. I receive no feedback at all throughout the 8 weeks time. Does this imply that it could be a negative for my RRV? My status is “received”, so I hope it’s not incompleteness of documents that delay the processing of my case. Is there any revision of policy lately that could slow down the process? In case it’s a rejection of RRV, does this require a longer time for case closure? * Understand that it all depends on the department, but your experienced advice / input could be of great help! Once again, sincere thank you.

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        1. Sanjaya

          Has anyone who submitted after 15 November 2017 and granted RRV 157 visa? If not then the delay should be because of the holidays due to Christmas and new year. And most of the staff being engaged in clearing other visa types which come higher in priority list. Just my thoughts.

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          1. Sanjaya

            Mine has been granted today. 157 1 year visa. Date applied 04 dec 2017. Date granted 16 Jan 2018. Posting in case these details useful for anyone. Thanks

        2. Peng Cheng Post author

          The Department’s processing time doesn’t really indicate what the outcome will be.
          Processing time is very slow at the moment and this seems to be affecting all 155 visa applications.
          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. Asim

            I got my RRV. Application lodged on 11 Dec and visa received on 23 Jan.

            Good luck to all others waiting for theirs. Seems the dept. is back to work!!

  8. Tiki De Mel

    Thanks Peng. One last question:

    If I apply for a new RRV from overseas, while holding a current RRV -which is valid for 2 more months, IF at all the new RRV application gets declined, Can I still travel to Aus on my Current RRV valid for 2 more months?
    OR
    would the current RRV not be valid – since the new RRV application gets declined for some reason.
    Thanks so much!

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      You can still travel to Australia on your current visa – refusal shouldn’t affect your current visa, generally speaking.
      PC

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  9. Anthony Jayaraj

    Hi Peng

    New Year Greetings!

    I have applied online offshore RRV 155 VISA on 4 November 2017. My original arrival to Australia on permanent visa was on 3 April 2007 and at the end of 5 year I was granted a 5 year RRV 155 visa on 17 January 2012. However, I in remained in Australia in less than 2 years but my 2 year wait period was completed on 22 May 2017. I departed Australia urgently due to passing away of my brother on 4 August 2017 after continuous stay of 11 months. My ex partner and 3 children are Australians Citizens and my brother as well. The department has asked checklist details of substantial ties of personal relationship for which I have responded. In this circumstances, would I be eligible for 5 years RRV. Please advise.

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Anthony,
      Sorry but you shouldn’t satisfy the requirements for the 5 year visa as per the above post. Department may be able to grant you a 1 year visa.
      PC

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  10. Shruthi

    Hi peng,

    Just wanted to.know how to fix the name on renewed visa,the document is not matching with my passport details.in my passport i dont have family name however in my visa document they have added family name.what should I do now

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Shruthi,
      I think that is just how the department’s systems/correspondence works – family names are required.
      PC

      Reply
  11. PV

    Dear Peng,
    Thanks for the time taken to answer so many queries here. I was granted PR in Oct-2012 and visited Sydney for 3 months in Jan-2013 for PR activation. I returned to Australia and am staying there since mid-August 2017 and my PR visa last travel date was on 5th Oct 2017. I applied for RRV 155/157 on 15th Nov 2017 hoping for a 3 month visa at least. The immigration officer came back on 13th December asking for more documents which I immediately submitted on the same day including my contract letter. The status of my application is ‘Assessment in progress’ and I don’t see any other updates. I had to leave Australia in December and time is crucial for me to join back to my work. Emails to the rrv department are not resulting in any responses. Can you tell me if I can apply again for RRV, or if I should wait for the outcome of this application? Is there any proper way if your firm can help speed-up the decision on the current application if I seek your paid services? Please let me know.

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi PV,
      I suggest that you wait for the Department to decide your current application.
      Sorry but I can’t really affect the department’s processing times.
      PC

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    2. Sascha

      Hi,

      Just wondering if you had a reply on your visa yet? I submitted my 157 15th December and it just shows received, currently out of the country and in limbo,

      Hope you heard back

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      1. PV

        Hi Sascha,
        As mentioned above, I got my PR granted on 17th. I strongly believe there was a backlog of applications, especially the ones not meeting 2 yr criteria. I hope even you have received yours by now.

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  12. Regino Magat

    Hi Peng,

    You really doing amazing work for helping others.

    I landed in Australia as an immigrant with my mother and half brothers and step father around 1988. I was brought back by my mother here in the Philippines to visit my biological father. However, my father decided to keep me here in the Philippines permanently as I am his only child that time, and he gives this reason to my mother. I was not able to see my mother again since 1990 until recently when I was successfully message her through Facebook. My mother and half brother in Australia is now an Australian Citizen. Now we decided to reclaim my permanent residency status, but before we take any step I would like to ask few important details:

    1. Am I able to reclaim my residency status and visa given that length of time I was absent in Australia (More than 20 years). I was just a toddler back then.

    2. My biological father gave me another name when I was brought back here in the Philippines registering it as another registration of my birth and that name is I currently used in school, work and in my current passport. In lodging my request for a resident return visa is it advisable for me to continue the name I currently use or I will use instead the name given by my mother at the time of my birth which is written to my first passport with the last resident visa as a child back?

    Thanks in advance for your replies.

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  13. Tim Sindirgilioglu

    Hi,

    My wife entered Australia on 1st of September 2011 an that is when where PR commenced. She left Australia on the the 1st of July 2014. She travelled to and from Australia during this period and her total stay was around 700 days. She has not been in Australia since the 1st of July 2014. Her travel facility on the PR visa expired in 2016. However we are going to travel to Australia in March 2018. Both myself and my daughter are Australian citizens. Can she apply online for at least for a 1 year RRV. Cheers in advance

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  14. Shalini

    Hi,
    I was Australian resident between 2011-2016. Then returned to Australia on RRV in June/July 2017 which has also now expired. Now I am pregnant outside of Australia and want to return to Australia to giveback birth and raise my child. Can you suggest if that is enough compelling reason for another RRV? Also my partner is a New Zealand resident.

    Thanks

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  15. Michelle

    Hi Peng,

    Thanks for the post. This is helpful.
    Can I please ask for someone who’s been granted a 155 for 1 year due to not been staying in Australia for less than 5 years, at what point can this person apply for the 5 years 155 again?

    Secondly can someone just keep applying for the 1 year 155 visa for years if they are in and out of Australia for family reasons?
    Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Michelle,
      Please see above post which outlines the 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
  16. SS

    Hi Peng,

    I got my PR (subclass 190) in Oct 2015, made 1st entry in Dec 2015.

    Got employment with an Australian NGO overseas. Its a 2-3 year contract. salary received in Australia in an Australian bank, taxes paid regularly. employer contributes superannuation etc

    I am also doing my PhD with an Aussie uni with project site being my work overseas… and visit Australia once or twice a year.

    once PhD field work and assignment is complete, I intend to return by 2019.

    By 2020, I wouldn’t have the the minimum 2 yrs stay in Australia.

    So what happens after 2020? do I have to apply for RRV? and what would be my chances? If my current work, tax payment etc with the Aussie organisation is not considered strong enoigh reasons to get me RRV, should I plan returning to Australia earlier?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi SS,
      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. Kylie

    Hi
    In a jam
    My ex husband and I and kids are in fiji for Xmas and he was told he needs to apply RRV before entering back Australia?? He is PR for 7years and knew nothing about renewing anything – he has to be back work 2nd jan and we have flights booked 30th dec – what will happen when we get back to Sydney? Will they let him back in? Any help would be most appreciated

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Kylie,
      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
  18. Thomas

    Hi Peng,

    my RRV expired in 2015. I have lodged my RRV application online while outside of Australia 37 calendar days ago. Still in status “received”.

    Starting to wonder how much longer it will take? Does DIBP shut down the next two weeks for Christmas and New Year?

    Would it be safe to enter Australia on ETA and lodge the RRV application again onshore? Has anyone here done this?

    On entering by ETA (subclass 600) I understand there is a possibility that I will be refused entry if Immigration staff is not satisfied that I am a genuine visitor. This may result in a 3 year re-entry ban. I am wondering how likely this is?

    Thanks in advance for your replies

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Thomas,
      As far as I’m aware, the Department just shuts down for public holidays but processing time during this time of year is very slow unfortunately.
      You can try entering on an ETA but that does carry the risks that you mentioned.
      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
  19. Gary

    Hi Peng,

    I have an ENS 186 visa expiring in Dec 2018 and I will be travelling for 2 weeks in Feb 2018.
    In this case, do I need to apply for the RRV?

    How close to PR expiry should we apply for RRV?

    Thanks,
    Gary

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Gary,
      You do need a visa to travel and return to Australia – suggest that you lodge 4-6 weeks before you need to travel.
      PC

      Reply
  20. Sanjaya

    Hi Peng. Appreciate your service in helping many people around the world. My question is this.

    My PR expire on 02 Jan 2018. currently i am overseas and plan to move to Australia in May 2018. I applied for RRV already. I have about one year completed residence requirement for citizenship. But I don’t believe my RRV will be granted before my PR expire. So will my completed residence of one year get cancelled ? Will it be another 4 years of residence requirement starting from May 2018 ? Thanks in advance.

    Reply
  21. UMANG RAVAL

    Hi Peng

    Can you please guide me i have been granted Regional skilled visa under 475 and extended in 489. Now expired in Jan 2017. i am presently in india.
    Due to Serious accident of mine and my mother i can’t be able to stay for 2 years and missed my PR only by 130 days. i have all the related genuine proof for the same .
    Presently my age is 48 years.
    I have also been attacked on the petro station in Australia and victime
    is there any way that i can get the Visa extended for 130 days to complete the regional stay requirements. As the circumstance at that time was beyond my control and i have the genuine proof.
    Please guide me in the matter. shall the minister intervention or any other way is possible ?

    Warm Regards
    Umang Raval

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Umang,
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice in relation to your visa eligibility 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
      1. UMANG ASHOK RAVAL

        Hi Peng,

        Let me wish you a A Happy Christmas
        Thank you very much for your reply.
        As i really need a fair and honest guidance and support in my matter.
        I am ready to go ahead but can you please check at your end that is there any possibilities in the matter.
        As i have already incurred a lot of money and last i got the answer that the same is not possible.
        my age is also around 48 so there will be no chance to file new visa.
        your Help and support will be really helpful for me as my daughter is very keen to come back and even as a family we are desperate to come back to Australia.
        Thank you very much for you reply.
        Merry Christmas…

        Warm Regards
        Umang

        Reply
        1. Peng Cheng Post author

          Hi Umang,
          Happy holidays to you too.
          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. AL

    Hi Peng,
    When applying the PR Visa, my husband is the main applicant, my daughter and I are the dependant. My daughter and I have lived in Australia for more than two years before the visa expires. But my husband has not. Just wondering can my daughter and I get the RRV for five years? Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi AL,
      Yes you and your daughter can apply independently for your own 5 year 155 visas if you satisfy the 2/5 year requirement.
      PC

      Reply
  23. MG

    Dear Peng.
    Greetings!
    I have applied onshore for renewing my 1 year RRV which lapsed in Sept 2017. I am still in Australia and plan to live here, but I have to travel outside Australia on a short trip for family reasons.
    Now it has been more than 3 weeks, but still not got my visa. My question is – if the department refuses to grant a new RRV, what is my status- I presume I continue to be a PR because I arrived on a valid RRV and living in Australia. Many thanks for your answer. By the way, I must say amazing work to answer to so many queries. –
    Kind Regards
    MG

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi MG,
      Yes you can continue to remain in Australia indefinitely as a permanent resident. You only need a visa if you need to leave and return to Australia.
      PC

      Reply
      1. MG

        Hi Peng,
        Many thanks for your last answer. In response to my 155 visa application, my visa came recently but they have issued in sub class 157, though I was earlier holding 155 visa.
        My qn is – will in future I be able to apply and get a 155 visa even though now I have been issued a 157 visa? Does 157 visa jeopardise my 155 visa applications in future?
        Many thanks for your guidance and advise.
        Kind Regards,
        MG

        Reply
  24. Jo

    Hi peng,

    My new born baby is an Australian citizen but I am still holding the PR. After the child borned in brisbane then we had moved back to singapore. My hubby is a australian citizen .My RRV will be expiry soon. I have no full filled the RRV 2/5 years requirement.

    From what I see from the website that I will eligible for 1 year RRV155 renewal due to I have an Australian citizen living together with me in overseas. (New born baby) We have no intention to move back to australia in next 5 years.

    My question is, after I got my1 year RRV 155 renewal next year. Will it be possible I will get yearly RRV 155 renewal for the next 5 years even though I didn’t return to australia no even a day?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      You should be able to get 1 year visas based on current requirements, but I’ve seen the Department refuse such applications as well as the requirements are discretionary.
      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
  25. James Conley and Bronwen Morgan

    Dear Peng,

    My husband and I have read through your forum which is incredibly helpful – we may need to book a professional consultation with you and are very happy to do so if you think the situation needs it – if you read this and think we should book a professional consultation please let us know and we will do immediately – we would like one at 10am Monday 18 December if that is the case (we are 17 hours behind in time difference) but can book as soon as we wake up tomorrow morning).

    Meanwhile we write down here what we are experiencing in any case because we may solve it in ways that are helpful to others (as this forum has been to us).

    I am an Australian citizen – my husband has been in Australia for 5 and a half years on a permanent resident visa, based on marriage to me, and has been employed most of that time and in Australia for all of it save for some overseas holidays. So we are eligible for the full 5 year Resident Return Visa.

    However we have got ourselves in a pickle right now. We had no idea that the ‘permanent residency visa’ was not actually permanent if you travel outside Australia, and we left Australia a few days ago (December 2017) and are in the US now – and have only just realised that his permission to travel expired in mid-September 2017. So we are overseas with his PR visa travel permission expired and we have only learnt now that we should have applied for an RRV.

    So from this forum, it is clear to us that we can still apply for an RRV from the US, and also that if it’s not granted by the time we are due to fly back to Australia (5 January) he can’t enter Australia without a visa. The question that remains unclear to us is this:

    Can he enter Australia on a tourist visa (or even on a temporary border 773 visa as Ioni from September did ) and then reapply for an RRV from within Australia without having to start again proving the whole permanent residency basis?

    If this is possible it makes it possible for him to return to work in time – if not we need urgently to contact his work if RRV will take more than 8 days, which sounds likely from people’s experience (although we are clearly in the more than 2 year category so perhaps we would be lucky – has anyone had a quick turn-around recently?).

    I think from reading this forum that if we can do this, then when we get back we can start again with a fresh RRV application (because the one that we will start over here in the US cannot be determined once we are back in Australia). I also think this may put back his citizenship eligibility from what others have said but at the moment that is a secondary consideration.

    Any views from others on here are very welcome as well as of course any input from the amazing Peng. Thank you in advance everyone –

    Bronwen and Jim (feeling very sheepish for having missed this)

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Bronwen and Jim,
      The Department should be able to decide Jim’s 155 visa application in 1-3 working days.
      I suggest that he gets this 155 visa before he returns to Australia rather than a visitor visa since the Department may have issues with him entering on a visitor visa.
      PC

      Reply
      1. sree

        Hi Bronwen and Jim,

        Hope you had a good break!

        I am in a similar situation like yours.Could you please advise if your RRV is granted?

        Reply
  26. YL Lai

    Hi Peng,
    Would like to check if I travel out of Australia with an expired RRV , but already applied for renewal but did not get it in time, am i able to apply for ETA to return to Australia?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi YL,
      I generally don’t recommend this because there is the risk of the Department asking you why you are using a visitor visa when this isn’t really appropriate. But you can if you are willing to assume this risk.
      PC

      Reply
  27. Tiki De Mel

    Hello Peng,
    I have a 1 year RRV currently and working overseas. Not met the 2 years requirement. My Wife is an Australian Citizen. We own a property in Australia and Parents/Brothers living in Australia as Aus Citizens.
    Can I allow my RRV to expire and apply for RRV when we are ready to come back to Australia?
    Are there any risks of loosing my PR status completely by living and working overseas along with my Australian Wife.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Tiki,
      You should be able to get a 1 year visa as long as your relationship is continuing, even after your current visa expires.
      PC

      Reply
    2. Tiki De Mel

      Thanks Peng. One last question:

      If I apply for a new RRV from overseas, while holding a current RRV -which is valid for 2 more months, IF at all the new RRV application gets declined, Can I still travel to Aus on my Current RRV valid for 2 more months
      OR
      would the current RRV not be valid – since the new RRV application gets declined for some reason.
      Thanks so much!

      Reply
  28. Rping tan

    hi Peng,
    I’m a visa holder class BB resident return, sub class 155 since 1995 to live and work here as a permanent resident, and without i realise if my pasport is already expired since 2015. when i apply for the renewal in the consulate general now they are want me to have my Visa grant number to proof if i still have valid visa to stay here and also before i can renew my passport.
    The last time when i re- apply for the visa is on the 11/04/2013 in the office on wellinton street west perth which i get 5 year visa.

    How to get my visa grant number or how to check it out about my visa status, and my last question is.. what will happend if for the fact my visa is also expired?
    please help .. thanks a lot peng.

    Reply
  29. Yolanda

    Hi Peng,

    I am leaving on the 14th December 2017 and be back by 9 January 2018. I thought the RRV decision is just within 5days that is why I am not bothered.

    My case is I have not lived here in Oz for 2 years out of the 5years requirement. I am about to lodge my visa online today but I am wondering why it does not show the attachment button? Can I file my application for an RRV online even if I don’t meet the 2 year requirement?

    Thanks,

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      You upload your supporting documents to your online application after you pay and lodge this.
      You can lodge an online application for the 1 year or 3 month visas.
      PC

      Reply
  30. Lisa

    Hi Peng,

    I first granted my PR in 2010, I left Australia in 2012, my current visa expires on 15/12, I lodged my application offshore on 17/11, still haven’t heard a thing from dept.

    1. Can I wait for the decision offshore as my visa expires within a week?
    2. How do I enter the country if I don’t hear anything from the dept and my current visa expired?

    Very nervous at the moment!
    Thank you very much

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Lisa,
      1. Can I wait for the decision offshore as my visa expires within a week?
      You actually need to be outside of Australia at the time of decision if you were outside of Australia at the time of application.
      2. How do I enter the country if I don’t hear anything from the dept and my current visa expired?
      Perhaps a visitor visa may be appropriate.
      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. Ari

    Dear Peng,

    What’s the average processing time now for RRV, lodge few days ago still no progress, last year I was helping my Aunty to do the same it only took 24 hours. I need to back home ASAP as my grandma in the critical condition. What are my option. Can you help?

    Thank you

    Regards

    Ari

    Reply
  32. Kim

    Thanks for all of the information.

    I have had Australian PR since 2009. However, I have not spent 2/5 last years in Australia (though I have accumulated several months during this time.) My PR will expire in the next year. It sounds like I will need to apply for the 1 year RRV to continue traveling in and out. My question is, when I do land back in Australia for extended/ permanent stay with family, will I need to start over in re- applying for PR and medicare etc, or will it be automatically granted? Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Kim,
      You need to lodge your application with the Department – this isn’t automatic. Please see above post.
      PC

      Reply
  33. Thana

    Hi, I am a PR and I have lived for 1year 3 months in Australia in the last 2 years. I have to urgently travel back to India tomorrow. I applied for my visa 1 week ago but it is yet to be granted. If I travel tomorrow, will I get my Rrv while I am offshore? Will being offshore affect the decision on my RRV application?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Thana,
      Department’s processing time is around 3-6 weeks, and this can be decided when you are outside of Australia.
      PC

      Reply
  34. Sejal S.

    Hello Peng,

    I lodged my RRV application first week of November & its the 5th week & still hvn’t heard back on the outcome. What’s the expected wait time these days? Note: I do not meet 2 out of 5 year requirement, however i lodged while in Australia.

    Reply
    1. Katja

      Hi Sejal,
      I am also waiting 5 weeks for my RRV now and I am really worried that it might not arrive in week 6 as well. Would you be so kind and let me know in case you received it by now? That would really calm me down. There is a lott of planning depending on that Visa at this side. Thanks!!!!
      Katja

      Reply
  35. Kev

    Hi Peng,

    I was granted PR in 2008 but left after a month for family reasons. My wife is a PR living in Australia and I have a job offer. Would I be able to apply for the 1 year RRV online or do I need to apply by post using the paper form? Thanks for your help.

    Reply
  36. Vann

    Hi Peng Cheng,

    Many thank you for your kind help to clarify everyone’s questions.

    My family were granted PR visa in June 2010. Our initial PR visa were expired in June 2015. My wife and children have moved to Australia and are now living in Australia. They are eligible to apply for renewal of RRV.

    For me, I still haven’t been able to move to Australia yet. So far, I visited my family on tourist visa (subclass 600) for 4 times during the period from the expiry of my PR visa in June 2015 to now, each visit lasted around 2 weeks.

    Now, I am outside Australia and plan to apply for a tourist visa to visit my family again in January 2018. When I am in Australia in January 2018, I plan to apply for RRV. Am I eligible to apply for the RRV as a former PR based on my relationship with my wife who is now applying for RRV?

    Many thanks for your help.

    Vann

    Reply
  37. Teri

    Hi, my mum have applied for renewal of rrv 155 on 20th nov. On 2nd dec we just got notice that we need national police check done. She is leaving overseas on 13 dec. What if the rrv renewal isn’t granted by that time yet? Can she just go overseas and make sure it’s granted before she comes back to aust? Thanks!!!

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Teri,
      Her application can be decided when she is outside of Australia, but it would be up to the department’s processing in terms of when this is finalised.
      You can try and ask the department to decide an application before a certain date if you provide reasoning with your request.
      PC

      Reply
    2. Nadia

      Hi… I am also stuck in the same position. I applied on 26 Nov, usually it take 3 to 4 days to get RRV. But I am still waiting.I rescheduled my flight till 8 of December. But not quite sure whats going to happen. My application status still shows ‘Recieved’ .

      Regards
      Nadia

      Reply
  38. W

    Greetings,

    I am in a bit of jam. I have a RRV Subclass 155, which lapses Dec 14 2017. I’ve just filed for renewal and paid the fee. the issue is that I am scheduled for business travel on the Dec 8 – 17. Typically the visa is renewed in 4-5 days, but now i fear it may not be renewed by the time i leave. My question to you: can i return on a tourist visa on a lapsed Subclass 155?

    regards,

    W.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi,
      You can return on a visitor visa, but the 155 visa that you lodged when you were outside of Australia can’t be decided when you are in Australia.
      You may need to lodge a new 155 visa after you return to Australia.
      PC

      Reply
      1. Kay

        Hi everyone
        This is for information for those awaiting an RRV visa. I applied offshore on 27 October and the visa was granted on 30 November. I spoke to the immigration people before then as I was concerned the visa might not come through before my travel date, ans asked specifically if I could travel on a tourist authority. The advice was not to, as this could jeopardise my permanent resident status. It seems there is no fixed rule on this, and a decision depends upon individual case officers. But I didn’t want to risk it.

        Reply
  39. SC

    Hi Peng,

    You are doing amazing work for helping others. My question is that i am eligible for RRV, but my wife n daughter haven’t spent two years and are not eligible and also would be coming permanently to australia after 5-6 years coz of personal circumstances. They still hold PR which is going to expire in a August 2018…

    1) I believe they will get RRV for one year and have to be renewed every year… – – Am i right and what condition need to be fulfilled to make it renewable every year.
    2) any solution with you that they can come permanently after 5-6 years as i believe i will remain eligible for RRV or permanent resident at that time also.

    Thanks in advance for your replies

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi SC,
      If you have a 5 year RRV, then your family members who have or previously held permanent residency can get 1 year visas on the basis of your family relationship.
      PC

      Reply

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