Resident Return Visas

If you have been granted permanent residency, typically your visa will allow you to travel to and from Australia for a period of five years.

After five years, if you do not choose to apply for Australia citizenship, you will need to apply for a ‘Resident Return visa’ in order to be allowed to travel to and from Australia after the initial five years.

You should apply for either the 155 or the 157 before you depart Australia, should circumstances permit.

There are three types of resident return visas:

  • Subclass 155: Five year return
  • Subclass 157: Three month return
  • Subclass 159: Provisional return

The visa you will need to apply for will depend on your circumstances. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

Five Year Resident Return Visa (155)

This visa can be applied for both in Australia and overseas.

To be eligible for this visa, you need to be either:

  • An Australian permanent resident
  • A former Australian citizen, or
  • A former permanent resident.

If you have not lived in Australia for at least 2 of the last 5 years and have not been absent from Australia for 5 years or more you may be eligible under the concessional requirements.

This visa will be valid for one year.

Three Month Resident Return Visa (157)

Typically you will be looking at the 157 if you have been absent from Australia for more than three years (and therefore not eligible for the 155).

This visa can be applied for both in Australia and overseas.

To be eligible for this visa, you need to be either:

  • An Australian permanent resident
  • A former Australian citizen
  • A form permanent resident.

You will need to have lived in Australia between one day and 2 years within the preceding five years.

This visa will be valid for three months.

Provisional Resident Return Visa (159)

If you are overseas, do not hold a 155 or 157 and it is difficult for you to prove your status as a permanent resident while overseas, you may be eligible for a 159. This will allow you to return to Australia.

This is a temporary visa and can only be applied for from overseas.

This visa is normally valid for three months.

If you wish to apply for a Resident Return visa or discuss your situation, contact us using the form below.

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