Resident Return visa (subclasses 155 and 157)

Features

​​​​​A Resident Return visa is a travel facility for:

  • current Australian permanent residents
  • some former Australian permanent residents
  • some former Australian citizens.

You will need a Resident Return visa if the travel facility on your current visa has expired (your first granted permanent visa has a 5 year travel facility) or is about to expire and you want to travel overseas and retain your permanent residency.

Departing Australia without a RRV may impact your permanent residency requirements for citizenship.

Eligibility

    Be either:
  • an Australian permanent resident whose travel facility on your permanent visa has ended or is about to end
  • a former Australian permanent resident
  • a former Australian citizen who lost or renounced your citizenship.

Length of stay

​This is a permanent visa that has a travel facility of up to 5 years.

Cost

From AUD
365

Global processing times

​155: 75 per cent of applications processed in 4 days

157: Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

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The process

    You can apply online right now, without providing any documents, if:
  • you are a permanent resident
  • you have resided in Australia for a total of at least 2 years within the last 5 years
  • your name and date of birth have not changed since grant of your last visa.
    Or, read information about:
  • eligibility criteria
  • the visa, including what happens if you do not meet the 2 in 5 years residence requirement
  • the steps to apply, including the documents you might need to provide.

Processing time

Stream75 per cent of applications processed90 per cent of applications processed
155​4 days​8 days
157​Unavailable due to low volume of applications. ​Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

Last updated 20 July 2017 (for month ending 30 June 2017)

Processing times vary.

Eligibility

Residence status

You must be:

  • an Australian permanent resident
  • a former Australian permanent resident whose last permanent visa was not cancelled
  • a former Australian citizen who lost or renounced their citizenship.

Passport

You must have a valid passport.

Character

You must meet our character requirement.

Limitations

You are not eligible for this visa if your last permanent visa was cancelled.

We will not accept an application if you have received a notice that your permanent business visa might be cancelled.

    You should not apply for this visa if you hold:
  • an Authority To Return (ATR) that was granted between 1 March 1976 and 31 August 1979
  • a Return Endorsement (RE) that was issued between September 1979 and 31 December 1986
  • a BF-111
Read the information at Authorities to Return and Return Endorsements.

The visas

What you can do

Both the 155 and 157 visas are permanent visas. They let you undertake all of the activities that your original permanent visa let you undertake:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while the travel facility is valid
  • apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible.

How the visas differ

    The difference between the visas is the length of the travel facility:
  • Subclass 155 - up to five years from the date of grant.
  • Subclass 157 - 3 months from date of grant.

Which visa you will get

The visa you are granted depends on the information you provide in your application.

Subclass 155 visa

Subclass 157 visa

Cost

AUD 365.

If you apply on paper, you need to pay an additional $80.

While they usually do not occur, if there are any additional costs associated with this visa, you are responsible for them.

Estimate the cost of your application

The visa pricing estimator is an online tool that calculates the total cost of your visa.

Visa pricing estimator

Location

If you are in Australia and the travel facility on your current visa has, or is, about to expire, you need to apply for, and be granted, an RRV before you leave Australia.

You can apply for the visa outside Australia, but it must be granted before you enter Australia.

How long the visas last

The subclass 155 and 157 visas are permanent visas, however, this does not mean that the visa always lasts indefinitely.

  • If you do not travel outside Australia the visa lasts indefinitely (it does not end) and you will not become unlawful when the travel facility ends
  • If you do travel outside Australia after the travel facility on the visa ends, the visa will end when you leave Australia. So it is best to apply for another Resident Return visa before you leave Australia. You can also apply from overseas.

How long the travel facility lasts

The length of the travel facility attached to your visa depends on information in your application and the visa subclass you are granted.

What to do when the travel facility ends.

There is important information for New Zealand passport holders.

Family

You cannot include family members in your application. Each family member must complete their own application.

Your obligations

You and your family members must comply with Australian laws.

Follow these steps

  1. Before you apply

    Check your current permanent visa

      If you hold a valid permanent visa, check the travel facility on it. You only need to apply for a Resident Return visa if both of the following apply:
    • the travel facility on your permanent visa has ended or is about to end, and
    • you want to travel outside Australia and return as a permanent resident.

    Check your travel facility on your visa grant letter or use VEVO.

    Check your passport

    Make sure you hold a valid passport.

  2. Gather documents

  3. Apply

    Apply for your visa

  4. After you apply

    Send more information or documents

    If you did not include all documents when you applied, send them as soon as you can.

    • via your ImmiAccount if you applied online (preferred)
    • email using the email address you provided in your application
    • by post.

    We must receive the documents before a decision is made on your application. We might also ask you to provide more information.

    Tell us of changes

    You need to update us if:

    • there are any changes to your circumstances, for example change of address or telephone number
    • you made a mistake on your application
    • you need to provide more information
    • if you want to withdraw your application.

Tell us of changes

How to tell us of changes

To send us forms, other documents or information:

  • if you applied online, send them via your ImmiAccount
  • if you applied on a paper form:
    • by post
    • by email using the email address you provided in your application.

Changes to your circumstances

Tell us if there are changes to your circumstances before you are granted the visa.

Changes in circumstances include, but are not limited to:

  • telephone number
  • address
  • passport
  • birth of a child.

Complete Form 1022 - Notification of changes in circumstances (266 KB PDF).

Mistakes on your application

Tell us if there are any mistakes in your application.

Complete Form 1023 - Notification of incorrect answer(s) (99KB PDF)

Send more information

If you did not send all documents with your application, send them as soon as you can.

We must receive the documents before a decision is made on your application. We might also ask you to provide more information.

Appoint or withdraw an authorised person

Withdrawing your application

You can withdraw your visa application at any time before we make a decision.

Complete Form 1446 - Withdrawal of a visa application (375KB PDF).

Removing your application from ImmiAccount does not withdraw it.

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The following Visa Pricing Estimator requires you to answer the questions as accurately as possible to provide you with an estimate for lodging a visa application. The estimator might not include the second instalment of the visa application charge which is payable for some visas. Please note this is an estimate for a visa application, if you have already lodged your application and you want to change/add applicants please refer to the Visa Pricing Table. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection Visa Pricing Estimator will give you an estimate of the charges you may need to pay to lodge a visa application. This is paid after you have made your application but before the visa can be granted. Read the department's full disclaimer. The Commonwealth of Australia does not guarantee the accuracy, currency or completeness of any material in the Visa Pricing Estimator.