Compelling and compassionate reason for being outside Australia

    You must let us know, in writing, why you have been away if you are either:
  • applying in Australia but were absent from Australia continuously for more than five years
  • applying from outside Australia and were a permanent resident or citizen when you last departed Australia and you were absent from Australia continuously for more than five years
  • applying from outside Australia and were a permanent resident or citizen in the last 10 years and you were absent from Australia for periods that total over five years.