If you are a former Australian citizen, there are a number of options you can explore in order to return to Australia. These include:
- Applying for a Resident Return Visa
- Resuming your Australian citizenship, or
- Applying for a Former Resident Visa (151)
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.