Subclass 155 visa – Five or One Year Resident Return visa
The Resident Return visa allows Australian permanent residents to maintain or regain their status as an Australian permanent resident. This visa will allow permanent residents to leave and reenter Australia as multiple times during its validity. It will not impact their permanent resident status.
• An Australian permanent resident;
• A former Australian citizen who has lost or renounced their Australian citizenship; or
• A former Australian permanent resident whose most recent permanent visa was not cancelled.
There are both five year and one year travel provisions available under a 155 visa.
Five year travel provision: To obtain a resident return visa valid for five years, the applicant must have been physically present in Australia for a total of at least two years in the last five years and throughout those two years they were a permanent resident or an Australian citizen.
One year travel provision: If the applicant does not meet the conditions for a five year travel provision but they can prove that they have substantial business, cultural, employment or personal ties which are of benefit to Australia and has not been absent from Australia for more than five continuous years then they may be eligible for a 155 visa with a one year travel provision.
Different criteria must be met if you are applying from inside our outside Australia.
Subclass 157 visa – Three Month Resident Return visa
This visa subclass is intended for permanent residents or former citizens who do not meet the requirements for a subclass 155 visa. This means that they have been in Australia for less than two years and have not yet established substantial ties beneficial to Australia. This visa option may also be suitable for people who have held a permanent visa or Australian citizenship in the last five years but last left Australia as temporary visa holders.
• have spent at least one day in the last five years lawfully in Australia
• have spent less than two years in the last five years in Australia
• have been a permanent resident or an Australian citizen for the entire period spent in Australia
• provide evidence that there is a compelling and compassionate reason for your departure.
If you have been outside Australia for more than three continuous months immediately before making the application, you must also show that there is a compelling and compassionate reason for the absence.
This application can be made while inside or outside of Australia. If the application was made while outside of Australia, the applicant must be outside of Australia when the visa is granted.
This visa allows for unlimited entry during the three months in which the visa is valid for.