Resident returning visa (subclass 155 / 157)

You will need a Resident Return visa (RRV) if your original permanent visa has expired or is about to expire and you want to travel overseas and retain your permanent resident (PR) status. If you depart Australia when your visa expires without a RRV, then your permanent residency has ceased.

Eligibility of visa: an Australian PR / a former PR whose last permanent visa was NOT cancelled / a former Australian citizen who lost or renounced your citizenship.

Validity of the visa: 

  • Subclass 155 – up to five years from the date of grant
    • meet the resident requirement (5 year travel facility) – spent a total of at least two of the last five years in Australia as an Australian permanent resident or citizen.
    • have ties of benefit to Australia (1 year travel facility) – do not meet the residence requirement, but you have substantial business, cultural, employment or personal ties of benefit to Australia.
    • members of family unit (1 year travel facility) – do not meet the residence requirement but you are the member of family unit who holds a subclass 155 or 157 visa or has applied for a Resident Return visa and satisfies the criteria for grant.
  • Subclass 157 – 3 months from date of grant
    • in the past five years immediately before you apply for this visa, you have at least spent  one day but less than two years lawfully in Australia 
    • you were an Australian PR or an Australian citizen the whole time you were in Australia
    • you have to show that there is a compelling and compassionate reason for leaving Australia.
    • if you have been outside Australia for more than the last three months, show that there was a compelling and compassionate reason for your absence.


  • You may lodge your visa application either onshore or offshore
  • For onshore,  you need to apply for, and be granted, an RRV before you leave Australia if your permanent visa has or is about to expire
  • If you lodge offshore, please make sure that it is granted before you enter Australia