Once you have been granted a permanent visa it has an initial five (5) year validity period. This validity period is essentially a travel facility. If you remain in Australia beyond the five years your permanent residence does not expire, only your ability to depart and then re-enter Australia as a permanent resident is affected.

FIVE YEAR RRV
To obtain a new five (5) year travel facility (called a resident return visa, or RRV) the basic criteria is that you have spent at least two (2) years out of the last five (5) physically present in Australia as the holder of a permanent visa.

ONE YEAR RRV
If you cannot meet the ‘2 in 5’ requirement you may be eligible for a resident return visa with one year travel validity. As noted above, if you remain in Australia beyond the one year validity period your permanent residence does not expire, only your ability to depart and then re-enter Australia as a permanent resident is affected.

To meet the requirements for the one year RRV you must demonstrate that you have substantial ties to Australia that are of benefit to Australia. Substantial ties can be under any of the following:

Business
Employment
Family
Cultural

THREE MONTH RRV
Permanent residents who have less than 2 years’ physical presence in Australia and who have not yet established substantial ties of benefit to Australia may be eligible for a three month RRV. For example, you may have settled in Australia when nearing the end of your migrant travel facility and need to travel overseas before you have established substantial ties.

As above, if you remain in Australia beyond the 3 month validity period your permanent residence does not expire, only your ability to depart and then re-enter Australia as a permanent resident is affected.

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
1554 Days21 Days
157Unavailable due to low volume of applications.Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

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
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.

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