Once you have been granted a permanent visa it has an initial five (5) year validity period. This validity period is essentially a travel facility. If you remain in Australia beyond the five years your permanent residence does not expire, only your ability to depart and then re-enter Australia as a permanent resident is affected.
To obtain a new five (5) year travel facility (called a resident return visa, or RRV) the basic criteria is that you have spent at least two (2) years out of the last five (5) physically present in Australia as the holder of a permanent visa.
If you cannot meet the ‘2 in 5’ requirement you may be eligible for a resident return visa with one year travel validity. As noted above, if you remain in Australia beyond the one year validity period your permanent residence does not expire, only your ability to depart and then re-enter Australia as a permanent resident is affected.
To meet the requirements for the one year RRV you must demonstrate that you have substantial ties to Australia that are of benefit to Australia. Substantial ties can be under any of the following:
Permanent residents who have less than 2 years’ physical presence in Australia and who have not yet established substantial ties of benefit to Australia may be eligible for a three month RRV. For example, you may have settled in Australia when nearing the end of your migrant travel facility and need to travel overseas before you have established substantial ties.
As above, if you remain in Australia beyond the 3 month validity period your permanent residence does not expire, only your ability to depart and then re-enter Australia as a permanent resident is affected.
You can apply online right now, without providing any documents, if:
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Processing times vary.
You must be:
You must have a valid passport.
You must meet our character requirement.
You are not eligible for this visa if your last permanent visa was cancelled.
We will not accept an application if you have received a notice that your permanent business visa might be cancelled.
You should not apply for this visa if you hold:
Both the 155 and 157 visas are permanent visas. They let you undertake all of the activities that your original permanent visa let you undertake:
The difference between the visas is the length of the travel facility:
The visa you are granted depends on the information you provide in your application.
You might be granted a subclass 155 visa if you either:
You might be granted a subclass 157 visa if all of the following apply to you:
If you have been outside Australia for more than three continuous months immediately before you apply, you must have a compelling and compassionate reason for the absence.
If you apply on paper, you need to pay an additional $80.
While they usually do not occur, if there are any additional costs associated with this visa, you are responsible for them.
The visa pricing estimator is an online tool that calculates the total cost of your visa.
If you are in Australia and the travel facility on your current visa has, or is, about to expire, you need to apply for, and be granted, an RRV before you leave Australia.
You can apply for the visa outside Australia, but it must be granted before you enter Australia.
How long the visas last
The subclass 155 and 157 visas are permanent visas, however, this does not mean that the visa always lasts indefinitely.
The length of the travel facility attached to your visa depends on information in your application and the visa subclass you are granted.
What to do when the travel facility ends.
There is important information for New Zealand passport holders.
You cannot include family members in your application. Each family member must complete their own application.
You and your family members must comply with Australian laws.