Reclaiming Permanent Residency/Australian Citizenship

Reclaiming Permanent Residency/Australian Citizenship

Do you Qualify for Resident Return Visa (RRV)?

By law, only Australian citizens have an automatic right of entry to Australia. Holders of permanent visas have the right to remain in Australia indefinitely. However, if they choose to travel internationally, they must ensure they have the right of re-entry to Australia. Therefore, the purpose of resident return visa (RRV) arrangements is to allow certain people who are or have been permanent residents or citizens of Australia to travel internationally and return to Australia as permanent residents.

 

Were you a minor when granted Australian Citizenship?

Minors who have become Australian citizens cannot be granted an RRV. They may apply separately for an Australian declaratory visa (ADV) which is granted in very limited circumstances.

 

An ADV is an entry authority, not a visa under the Migration Act. There is no power to grant visas to Australian citizens. However, the ADV process parallels that of visas issued under the Act so that an Australian citizen travelling on a foreign passport has their right to return to and enter Australia recorded in departmental systems in a manner accessible to border operations.

An ADV is an entry authority, not a visa under the Migration Act. There is no power to grant visas to Australian citizens. However, the ADV process parallels that of visas issued under the Act so that an Australian citizen travelling on a foreign passport has their right to return to and enter Australia recorded in departmental systems in a manner accessible to border operations.

ADVs are valid for five years from the date of issue, for multiple journeys, while the person remains an Australian citizen.

 

 

About Resident Return Visa (RRV) subclass 155

RRV subclass 155 is a permanent visa with a travel facility of up to 5 years. Applicants who have been in Australia as a permanent resident, including their member of family unit, for a total of 2 years in the last 5 years are eligible for Subclass 155. However, those successful applicants who do not meet the residence requirement (i.e not been residing for 2 years in last 5 years) are granted a travel facility for up to 12 months.

 

Types of RRV subclass 155

To obtain a visa with a 5 year travel facility:                                                                                            

·        Physical presence in Australia: the applicant has been physically present in Australia for a total of at least 2 years in the last 5 years and throughout that 2 years was a permanent resident or Australian citizen.                                           

·        The intention of the 5 year travel facility is that those permanent residents living in Australia are provided with more beneficial travel arrangements than those permanent residents who are living outside Australia                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

To obtain a visa with a 1 year/12 months travel facility:                                                                                      

·     If not absent for 5 year or more. Meaning has been present in Australia even for 1day as a Permanent Residence or Australian Citizen, you will qualify for 12 months travel facility RRV if able to show substantial ties with Australia.

·     If absent more than 5 year but less than 10 years. You will qualify for 12 months travel facility RRV if able to show substantial ties with Australia, as well as compelling reasons for your absence.

                                                                                                                                                             

Our Registered Migration Agent Ms Shraddha Bista has in-depth knowledge and industry experience in all the Resident Return Visas. She is an expert in handling cases where you are required to show substantial ties with Australia and to prove compelling reasons for absence. She will evaluate your situation and will assist you to collate the required document to present your case to the Department of Immigration to obtain a Resident Return Visa for you. 

 

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The Residence Return Visa subclass 157 (3 Month Resident Return):

RRV 157 is a permanent visa generally granted to applicants who do not meet/satisfy the requirements for subclass 155 visa. This is for those who have recently commenced living in Australia as an Australian Citizen or Permanent Residence, but needs to travel overseas for compelling and compassionate reasons. It is also for those who have held a Permanent Residence or Australian Citizenship in the last 5 years but last left Australia as temporary visa holders. It is a multiple travel permanent visa, with a travel validity period of 3 months from date of grant.

 

 

 The Residence Return Visa subclass 159 (3 Month Stay):

RRV subclass 159 is a provisional (temporary) visa for which application can only be made outside Australia and that is for persons outside Australia who cannot prove that they are or were a Permanent Resident.

 

Former Resident Visa subclass 151 (3 Month Stay):

The subclass 151 visa provides an opportunity for former residents:

(1) Who spent most of their childhood in Australia as permanent residents, i.e "Long residence applicant". or

(2) Who served in the Australian defence forces to obtain permanent residence, i.e "defence service applicant"

There are stricter guidelines for obtaining subclass 151 for example not have turned 45 at the time of application, or not have acquired Australian Citizenship at any time and number of years spent in Australia is crucial. It is highly suggested that you see expert advise when applying for any type of Residence Return Visa.

 

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