Resident return visa processing times

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.
See: Service standards

Return resident

The table below details the processing time service standards for visas for returning to Australia.


Visa applicationsLodged 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.
See: Returning residents

Former resident

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)
(subclass 151)
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.
See: ETA Eligible Passports

For more information about migrating to Australia under special eligibility.
See: Migrating as a Former Resident