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Resident Return Subclass 157 Visa

If you meet all of the following requirements, you may be awarded a subclass 157 visa:

  • You must have spent at least one day but no more than two years in Australia in the five years before your application for this visa.
  • You were either an Australian permanent resident or an Australian citizen for your whole stay in Australia.
  • There is a compelling and compassionate motive to depart from Australia.

What if you are outside Australia when you apply for a visa?

If you have been away from Australia for more than three months before applying, you must have a compelling and compassionate cause for your absence.


Subclass 157 – 3 months from permit date.


AUD 365

You must pay an extra $80 if you apply on paper.