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. PV

    Hi Peng,
    I have applied RRV for my wife who is offshore, and whose PR expired in Oct 2017, and has been out of Australia since March 2013 (i.e. about 5 yrs). I have a 1yr RRV valid till Jan 2019 and am currently in Australia with a job. Will it be sufficient to cite personal ties for my wife to get the RRV? I have submitted my RRV copy and my job offer as the documents. When we got our actual PR in Oct 2012, I was the main applicant and she wast the co-applicant. Please let me know in case you have any inputs 🙂
    Thanks in advance!

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  2. Tony Dinh

    Hi Peng,

    I have been on PR SN 190 in the last 5 year, it is now time to renew to 155. I did apply since 7 Jan 2018, my current one will expire 11 April. I am FIFO worker overseas therefore I am a bit worry the delay could impact on my work.
    Do you think I could have my visa grant before April? is there any channel that I could request for priority assessment?

    Please advise

    Regards,
    Tony

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Tony,
      Department’s processing time is around 1-2 months.
      You can contact the department for lodged applications.
      PC

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  3. Justin

    Hello, I am currently working in Singapore as an Australian PR. my wife and 2 kids are Australian Citizens and they are living with me in Singapore. My travel period ends in April 2018 and i have not met the 2 year requirement. We are not currently planning to move back to Australia just yet. but i was wondering if i should apply to renew before my travel period expires knowing its only good for 1 year and we probably wont move back, only visit family. or should i let it expire and only attempt to renew when we are ready to move back permanently?

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  4. SIMRAN SIDHU

    HI Peng…!!

    me and my husband both hold RRV and our son is an Australian citizen…we came to India few years back and our daughter was born in April 2016. she currently has visitor visa… is she eligible for the RRV?? if yes can I apply in Australia and what is the procedure..!!

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  5. Dissa

    Im working in overseas and applied my RRV renewal ( 3rd time) on 25-1-2018 online. Ive got only personal ties and 1 month stay in Australia during current year. My online account shows” Application received”.
    My Current RRV is due to expire on 17-2-2018. My wife and 2 sons are Australian citizens and live in Australia.
    I understand that there is a delay of processing of RRVs and Im also unable to get leave from my current job and stay in Australia till they grant my RRV on another onshore 155 RRV application .
    Under these circumstances if they reject my RRV what’s the alternative to retain my PR status? Can my Wife sponsor me to obtain another visa.?
    Appreciate your valuable response
    Thanks !!!

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Dissa,
      I think you should be able to get a one year visa if you have provided documents demonstrating your ongoing family relationship with your Australia citizen wife and children.
      Your wife can sponsor you for a spouse visa, but I don’t think this is necessary since I think the Department should grant you a one year 155 visa.
      PC

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  6. James Beacon

    Hi There,
    Why in the world does it take so long to get a Resident Return Visa renewed?
    My wife has had this visa for 20 years. Family circumstances overseas have not enabled her to stay in Australia for the required two years. But she has had the Visa renewed each 5 years quite quickly – usually within 8 to 10 days. We realise we can only get a one-year visa this time.
    But this year it’s taking an eternity. After lodging her application and getting an email from the department confirming its receipt, it’s been nothing but silence for 40 days now. What is most infuriating is that you can’t contact anyone at the department to ask about it. What if the application has been lost, deleted, spammed? Should we lodge another application just in case. Talk about frustrating.

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi James,
      You can check your Immiaccount to see if the application has been lodged. Suggest that you call the Department or visit the nearest office if you have concerns with lodged applications.
      PC

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  7. Tahereh

    Hi,
    I am planning to go overseas on the 19th March 2018 with my son and daighter. My husband remains in Australia. We have been permanent resident of australia since 5 Dec 2011, just my daughter is citizen of Australia. Our travel facility expired on 5 Dec 2016. I applied online for resident return visa of subclass 155/157 on 22 January 2018 and for my son on 11 February 2018. We have been living in Australia for 16 month. My son is studying in grade 2 here(Australia).
    I have some questions:
    Are we eligible for subclass 155 becasue of personal ties?
    Could we go overseas before granting visa?
    Is there any possibility to reject the application?
    Thanks for your consideration.
    Yours Sincerely,
    Taherrh.

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Tahereh,
      You should be able to get 155 visas if you and your family were settled in Australia in the last 16 months.
      You can leave Australia after lodging your application – the Department can decide your application when you are outside of Australia.
      PC

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  8. Dennis

    Hi Peng,

    I have lodged my RRV class 155 since 22nd December 2017 and Permenant residency visa but the travel expired on the 17th January 2018. What would happen if I travel out and in before I got my RRV? I will need to leave the country ncoming month and will need to travel back in Australia again. Is any suggestion provide for me to reenter Australia before I got my RRV? Thanks!
    I have currently applied for RRV155 and waiting but will be traveling in 1 week.
    1. If my RRV does not get approved before then, can I fly in with an ETA?
    2. What am I risking if I enter the country with an ETA instead of RRV?
    3. Will this lead to cancellation of my PR status?

    Thank you so much for your help.

    Regards,

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Dennis,
      I suggest that you contact the Department for their advice on their matter since I can’t speak on their behalf, and I don’t really know if they will have issues with this sorry.
      PC

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  9. Jamie wells

    Hi , I currently hold an RRV which expires in March, I’m required to return to Western Australia for my employer who I have done contract work for many times in April! Do I just reapply for another RRV while I’m back in the UK?
    Many thanks

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    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Jamie,
      Please see above post for visa requirements and online application process – you can apply when you are outside of Australia.
      PC

      Reply
  10. Chia

    Hi,
    I just wanted to ask, I’ve been a permanent residant for 16 years, my husband is a citizen and we are leaving for a funeral in 2 days. Can I still return while my application for return visa is still pending? I applied for my RV 3/2/18 and we leaving 9/2/18 and return on the 19/2/18, what if o return and there is still no decision made?

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Chia,
      I suggest that you contact the Department for their advice on their matter since I can’t speak on their behalf, and I don’t really know if they will have issues with this sorry.
      PC

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  11. Destination

    Hi Peng, I need your advice/comments on my situation..

    I made initial entry in Oct 2013 and then came back to my home country and never went back to Aus…now my PR visa is expiring on 27th Feb 2018…I was not able to move back to Aus permanently due to the fact that my parents were alone and ill, and there was no other sibling to take care of them, so I had to stay with them….now recently my father died on on 22nd January 2018 after chronic illness….I want to apply for RRV, so what options do I have here now? Does my father death count as “a compelling and compassionate reason for leaving Australia”?

    Can you guide and help please?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Destination,
      You may be able to apply on that basis.
      Sorry we can’t provide visa eligibility advice in these comment fields as this is covered as part of our professional services.
      If you need to book a consultation to discuss your circumstances, please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service.
      PC

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  12. Kelly

    Hi there, I have renew my resident return visa, but I haven’t received the visa granted. If I am leaving Australia now and only be back after two weeks, and if the visa still not granted. Can I apply a visitor visa first to enter the Australia?

    Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Kelly,
      I suggest that you contact the Department for their advice on their matter since I can’t speak on their behalf, and I don’t really know if they will have issues with this sorry.
      PC

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  13. Yeyen Sladden

    Hi Peng,

    I need your advise.

    My visa will expire in 18 August 2018.

    Should I have just go online for visa 155 form and follow the prompt?

    Many thanks,
    Yeyen Sladden

    Reply
  14. suraj

    Hi Peng,
    My RR is already been expired and I am still in Australia but now I have to go overseas on march 2018. So please, advice me which visa should I have to apply, how long it will be last and how much it will coast.
    Also, like to ask you that how long I can stay overseas and when I have to be back.

    Reply
  15. Janaka

    HI Peng

    I have permanent resident VISA which was granted in year 2013 . I stamped the VISA and returned to my home country as I had some family commitments to look after my parent ( especially my father) as he was a Diabetic/Heart patient and I was the only person who was to care them. I have one brother who is now living in Korea and therefore I had to spend time with my parents making arrangements for medication every month. Under this circumstance, I could not travel to Australia on my last entry date and now my VISA has been expired. How can I obtain a RRV under this situation?

    Janaka

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Janaka,
      I’m sorry but I can’t provide advice for such broad/complex issues in these comment fields.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need assistance.
      PC

      Reply
  16. Hana

    Hi Peng

    My PR expires end of March 2018. i will be travelling out of Australia mid of Feb and returning end of Feb.
    Can i still re-enter with my current PR?

    **note: i have resided in Australia since the PR grant.

    Thanks

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  17. Irene

    Hi Peng,

    Can I travel oversea when my RRV still pending for approval? We submitted 1 week ago and realise that they have longer the processing time. Previously, we came bk every year to renew and got the 1 yr RRV but this year we settle in aust and my RRV expired last year July so now we submit again and still pending. Could you advice on this. TIA. ^_^

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  18. Melissa

    Hi Peng,

    How would I know if I have fulfilled the 2 out of 5 years requirement? As I have been in and out of the country, I have lost track how many days in total that I have been in Australia since I got my PR granted. Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Melissa,
      Suggest that you contact the Department and see if they have this information in their records.
      PC

      Reply
  19. Hanna

    Dear Mr. Peng,

    My PR travelling facilities have expired end of last year and I do not meet the 2/5 years requirement in Australia.
    I have currently applied for RRV155 and waiting but will be traveling in 1 week.
    1. If my RRV does not get approved before then, can I fly in with an ETA?
    2. What am I risking if I enter the country with an ETA instead of RRV?
    3. Will this lead to cancellation of my PR status?

    Thank you so much for your help.

    Regards,
    Hanna

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Hanna,
      You need to be outside of Australia at the time of decision if you were outside of Australia at the time of application.
      You may be able to lodge a new application when you are in Australia.
      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

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  20. Amer

    Hi Peng,

    My 5 year PR will expire on 07 Feb 2018, I have only lived for 06 months in Austalia and not satisfying the 2/5 years requirement. Currently I’m out of Australia.
    My question:
    – Should I apply for RVV before my current PR expires?
    – How much is the fee for RVV and processing time?
    – I haven’t stayed in Australia because of my PhD studies, post studies training and wedding back home( started expecting baby, not able to travel and not have the Australian PR or visit visa to accompany me), are these the genuine reasons to consider to grant me RVV 1 year?

    Thank you so much, very much appreciated : )

    Sincerely,

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Amer,
      Department’s processing time is anywhere from 2-8 weeks or longer.
      Current government fees are AUD $360.00.
      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

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  21. Javier

    Hello,

    I don’ t live in Australia. My PR will expire on June 3, 2018. I have been in Australia only twice since I got my PR (total of 6 weeks only). There are some possibilitites I get relocated within 2 years to the Australian Office of the multi-national company I am work for. Is there a time limit after the PR’s expiration to apply for the 1-year 155 RRV on the basis of a job contract (relocation) ? If I need to make a business/tourist visit after my PR expires and before I have a formal job opportunity to apply for 155, will I be able to apply for a tourist/business visa? Could getting a tourist/business visa for a specific trip cause my PR to get cancelled?

    Cheers,

    Javier

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Javier,
      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
  22. pcanberra

    Hi,
    my question is if someone has a rent generating property in australia and he’s paying tax on that but do not meet the 2/5 yrs requirement. can he apply for 155/157 based on that, provided he will not be moving permanently to australia until after 10 months of the expiry of the initial permanent residence visa?

    thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi,
      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
  23. Alex

    Hi Peng,

    Me and my son’s 5 years RRV is due to expire in Sept 2018 and I have not fulfilled the 2/5 years requirement for the 5 years renewal as I am overseas (still overseas now).

    However, my wife (primary) has her RRV until May 2020, but she is also overseas since her 5 years renewal in 2015. In this scenario, am I (and my son) able to get the RRV 155 for 1 year given that my wife has the RRV until 2020?

    Thank you so much for helping.

    Best regards,
    Alex

    Reply
  24. Jen

    Hi Peng,

    I have lodged my RRV since 22th dec 2017. What would happen if I travel out and in before I got my RRV? I will need to leave the country next month and will need to travel back in australia again. Is there any temporary visa i can apply for me to reenter Australia before i got my RRV? Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Jen,
      You can have a look at the visitor visa options (e.g. 600 visa, 601 visa etc.), but there isn’t any specific temporary visa for this situation.
      PC

      Reply
  25. Tiki De Mel

    Hello Readers,

    Just sharing some info: RRV applied Dec 6th and granted Jan 17th.

    Thanks so much Peng for all your help!! Great work…

    Reply
  26. Cornelia Thompson

    Hi Peng,
    I have quite a few times written to the eVisa.RRV.Helpdesk@immi.gov.au and have not heard anything back. I had written a complaint to the Resolve Confirmation
    This was their answer I am still waiting for their reply.
    Feedback successfully sent
    Thank you for your feedback it is submitted to the Department.
    The Reference Number for this feedback is: IMMI-18-01157
    You will receive an acknowledgement email shortly unless you have selected to submit your feedback anonymously.
    However, I still have not heard from them.

    Here is what I had written to eVisa.RRV.Helpdesk@immi.gov.au but have not heard anything.
    Below are my questions that I wrote them.
    To Whom It May Concern,
    I am planning to go overseas (Holland) on the 1st March and return on the 31st March 2018
    My passport (Dutch) expires on the 11th April 2018, and my visa expires 06 May.
    Do I understand this correctly that I can travel so long as I am back on the 6th May?
    These are the details in VIVO (I lived in Australia from 15th April 1981)
    Family name – Kuijer
    Given names – Cornelia Alberdina
    Visa description – RESIDENT RETURN
    Passport Number – NP5PKJP68
    Visa Class – BB//155
    Visa applicant – Primary
    Visa grant date 06 May 2013
    Valid 06 May 2018
    Can I travel on those dates or do I need a new passport? And when I get a new passport in Holland what do I need to do with my visa as it is still valid?
    Kind Regards,
    Cornelia Alberdina Kuijer (married to Gordon Allan Thompson).
    My husband is an Australian

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  27. Sobhan

    Hi This is Sobhan. I and my wife have been in Australia through my PR visa since late April 2013. Our visa was granted on 07/03/2013. I and my wife applied for citizenship, however we haven’t received any responses yet. So it seems we have to apply for Return Visa if we intend to leave the country. We are planning to go overseas in mid-March. So my question is which date would be considered as our PR visa activation date, the date that visa was granted or the date that we arrived in Australia? My second question is if I want to apply for return visa, I just need to apply for myself or I can do for my wife as well. In simple words, do we have to pay visa fee once or twice?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Sobhan,
      You need to lodge and pay for separate applications for yourself and your wife.
      Not sure what you mean by PR visa activation date.
      PC

      Reply
  28. sione likio

    Hi peng,

    Ive only just renewd my 5year pr on the 5thdec2017.Im travelling overseas on the 19yh jan 2018.Will there be an issue with me travelling overseas?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Sione,
      You can leave Australia after lodging a 155 visa application, and the department can decide your application when you are outside of Australia.
      PC

      Reply
  29. Fazel

    Dear Peng

    My wife has applied for resident return visa on 14th Dec 2017 after being in Australia for about 2 years as a permanent resident and we are outside of Australia right now. Unfortunately she has not received her visa yet and she has to come back to australia soon, her return flight is due to 28th of January (she has to go to placement that arrenged by university). We are very worried and would like to know what can we do to get the RRV or is there any other option that enable her to enter Australia on time.

    Regards

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Fazel,
      Suggest that you contact the Department about your processing time – only they have the power to process and assess your application.
      PC

      Reply
  30. Caroline

    Hello Peng!

    Just a quick question, my father (PR 50+ years) is travelling o/s in June this year. Will he able to complete a RRV whilst he is o/s? Wait time for processing is not particularly an issue more so whether or not he can lodge the application outside of Australia. Thanks for all your help thus far 🙂

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Caroline,
      He can lodge his application when he is outside of Australia – please see above post for visa requirements.
      PC

      Reply
  31. Sascha

    Hi,

    Thanks for all the info,

    I’m have a permenant residency visa but the travel expired on the 10th December 2017, I applied for the subclass 157 visa as I had been living in Australia for a year.

    I applied for it onshore hoping it would come through before I travel but was told o can still leave the country whilst it’s been granted,

    I’m now stuck not been able to return or get any answers in the progress of my application, I submitted all the document ion if ties to Australia, I work there, rent and my daughter attends school.

    It’s been a month now and I’m beginning to freak out as I need to get back to work and my daughter starts school. I logged it on the 15 December so it’s been 18 working days they have had it, can you advise me on what I can do? Appreciate any help,

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Sascha,
      Suggest that you contact the Department about your processing time – only they have the power to process and assess your application.
      PC

      Reply
  32. Siddharth

    Hi Peng,
    Thank you for this comprehesive article. All well explained.
    Like others i also need your advice.
    We are Indian citizens. My wife (primary applicant) and me (secondary applicant) were granted an Australian PR on 12 September 2013 (Skilled Nominated Subclass 190, Nominated Occupation: Human Resource Adviser) which is expiring on 12 September 2018. We were in Australia for around 2 months and then we flew to Germany as i got an opportunity to do my sprecialist medical Training as a medical doctor. I will become a specialist in May 2021. We wish to move back to Australia and settle there permanently after i am finished with Training which can be recognised by australian medical council after a specialist pathway assesment for an Area of Need. Moreover my wife’s Profession in still in Australian skilled occupation list.
    Also my real elder Brother is an australian citizen for last 5 years (or more) and we wish to be close to our family. Now we plan to visit Australia again in August 2018 and apply for RRV before our PR expires

    Are we be eligible for RRV 155?
    What are the chances if we show our personal ties (because of brother) and also our interest to contribute to the australian economy as professionals?
    If in case we get RRV for 1 year, then can we apply and get RRV again 2 times till we move permanently to Australia in 2021?
    I thank you in advance for your advice and appreciate your help to community.
    Regards
    Siddharth

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Siddharth,
      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

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  33. Jacob

    Hi Peng,

    I made my first RRV application on 26 September 2017 and it was an onshore application. I was granted a 3-month RRV from 6 Dec 2017 and 6 Mar 2018. I was also onshore when I was granted the 3-month RRV.

    Regrettably when I went to my native country, I sustained a knee injury. My specialist recommends knee surgery be done soon and the quickest the surgery can be done is sometime in Feb 2018 and the recovery/treatment period can be anywhere between 3 to 6 months (i.e May 2018 to Aug 2018).

    I am confused as to what I should do. If I go for the surgery in Feb 2018, do I apply for another RRV offshore before the expiry of the current RRV (which expires 6 Mar 2018)? What do I do if I dont hear from the DIBP in time (i.e before 6 Mar 2018)?

    Tq Peng.

    Jacob

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Jacob,
      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
  34. Florence

    Hi Peng,

    My 5 year PR is due to expire in March 2018, I have not satisfied the 2/5 years requirement and I am currently living overseas.
    My question is
    1.if I apply for Rrv now and get rejected, will my current visa still be valid until March?
    2. And if after my rrv got rejected (presuming my visa is still valid) I then enter Australia before March 2018 , will I be able to reapply for RRV again?
    3. If I apply for 155 and have not receive any news yet closer to my current visa expiry, will I be able to apply for 157 visa valid for 3 months in parallel?
    4.Are the processing time for 157 visa much quicker than the 155 visa?

    Thankyou so much for your time responding to each question, very much appreciated : )

    Best regards

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Florence,
      1.if I apply for Rrv now and get rejected, will my current visa still be valid until March? Yes
      2. And if after my rrv got rejected (presuming my visa is still valid) I then enter Australia before March 2018 , will I be able to reapply for RRV again? Yes
      3. If I apply for 155 and have not receive any news yet closer to my current visa expiry, will I be able to apply for 157 visa valid for 3 months in parallel? Yes
      4.Are the processing time for 157 visa much quicker than the 155 visa? Probably no
      pc

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