Fact sheet - Special eligibility stream

In the 2017-18 program year, there are 565 places available in the Special Eligibility Stream.

The Special Eligibility Stream of Australia's Migration Program covers the Former Resident category and includes visas granted under Ministerial Intervention. 

Former Resident (subclass 151) visa

This subclass covers two groups of people seeking to remain in or to return to Australia as permanent residents. These are:

  • people who have spent at least nine out of their first 18 years in Australia as permanent residents, have never acquired Australian citizenship, are under the age of 45 at the time of lodging their application and have maintained business, cultural or personal ties with Australia
  • people who served in the Australian armed forces before 1981. Applicants must have either completed at least three months' continuous Australian Defence Force service or have been discharged on medical grounds before completing three months' continuous service. No age limit applies to this category.