Former Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents

If you are a former Australian citizen, there are a number of options you can explore in order to return to Australia. These include:

Former Resident Visa (151)

If you are a former Australian permanent resident, you may be able to apply for a Resident Return Visa (155 or 157). You can find more information about these visas here.

Alternatively, you may be eligible to apply for a Former Resident Visa (151).

There are two paths to applying for this visa.

You must either:

1. Be a long term resident

Typically this means that you must be under the age of 45, and spent the majority of your life, before the age of 18, in Australia as a permanent resident. You must have also maintained ties to Australia.


2. Be a Defense applicant.

Typically, this means that you would have to have completed at least three months military service within a designated time period.


You can apply for the 151 visa from either in Australia or overseas.

If you wish to discuss your options as a former Australian citizen or permanent resident, please use the contact form.