The tables below detail the indicative service standards for return resident visas.
Note: We aim to process applications within these service standards, however, actual processing times may vary depending on a range of factors.
The table below details the processing time service standards for visas for returning to Australia.
|Visa applications||Lodged in Australia|| Lodged outside Australia|
| Resident Return Visas, Australian Declaratory Visas and Certificates of Evidence of Resident Status|
(subclass 155, 157, 159)
| 1 working day|| 2 weeks|
More information is available on the Department's website.
The table below details the processing time service standards for visas for migrating to Australia - Special Eligibility (former resident).
| Visa Applications|| Lodged in Australia|| Lodged outside Australia|
|Special Eligibility (former resident)|
| Low risk - 6 months|
High risk - 9 months
| Low risk - 9 months|
High risk - 12 months
The terms 'Low risk' and 'High risk' show whether passport holders are eligible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA).
Low risk applies to nationals from countries which issue ETA eligible passports. A list of these can be found on the department's website.
High risk countries are those which are not ETA eligible.
ETA Eligible Passports
For more information about migrating to Australia under special eligibility.
Migrating as a Former Resident