Once you have been awarded a permanent visa, it will be valid for five (5) years. This validity period is mostly a travel convenience. If you stay in Australia for more than five years, your permanent residency does not expire; only your capacity to leave and return to Australia as a permanent resident is affected.
The fundamental need for obtaining a new five (5) year travel facility (known as a resident return visa, or RRV) is that you have spent at least two (2) years out of the past five (5) physically present in Australia as the bearer of a permanent visa.
If you do not fulfil the ‘2 in 5′ criteria, you may be eligible for a one-year resident return visa. As previously stated, if you remain in Australia after the one-year validity time has expired, your permanent residency does not expire; only your ability to leave and subsequently re-enter Australia as a permanent resident is affected.
To qualify for the one-year RRV, you must demonstrate that you have strong links to Australia that benefit Australia. Substantial connections can fall through any of the following categories:
Permanent residents who have been physically present in Australia for less than two years and have not yet developed strong links of benefit to Australia may be eligible for a three-month RRV. For example, you may have landed in Australia when your migrant travel facility was about to expire and need to travel overseas before you have formed strong links.
As previously stated, if you stay in Australia after the three-month validity period, your permanent residency does not expire; only your ability to leave and subsequently re-enter Australia as a permanent resident is affected.
You may apply online right now, without submitting any papers, if you meet the following criteria:
Alternatively, you may learn more about:
|Stream||75 per cent of applications processed||90 per cent of applications processed|
|155||4 Days||21 Days|
|157||Unavailable due to low volume of applications.||Unavailable due to low volume of applications.|
You must be:
You must have a current passport.
You must fulfil our character standards.
If your previous permanent visa was revoked, you are ineligible for this visa.
If you have received notification that your permanent business visa may be terminated, we will not accept your application.
If you have any of the following documents, you should not apply for this visa:
The 155 and 157 visa are both permanent visa. They allow you to do anything that your initial permanent visa allowed you to do:
The duration of the travel facility is what distinguishes the visa:
The type of visa you receive is determined on the information you submit in your application.
If you meet the following criteria, you may be awarded a subclass 155 visa:
If you meet all of the following requirements, you may be awarded a subclass 157 visa:
If you have been away from Australia for more than three months before applying, you must have a compelling and humanitarian explanation for your absence.
You must pay an extra $80 if you apply on paper.
While they are uncommon, if any additional expenditures are incurred as a result of this visa, you are liable for them.
The visa pricing calculator is a web-based application that computes the overall cost of your visa.
If you are in Australia and your existing visa’s travel facility has expired or is about to expire, you must apply for and be granted an RRV before leaving the country.
You can apply for the visa outside of Australia, but it must be approved before you can enter.
The subclass 155 and 157 visa are perpetual visa, however this does not always indicate that the visa will be valid eternally.
The length of your visa’s travel facility is determined by the information in your application and the visa subclass you are given. What to do when the travel facility is no longer available. Important information is available for New Zealand passport holders.
You are not permitted to include family members in your application. Each member of the family must submit their own application.
You and your family must abide by Australian laws.