Resident Return visa – RRV Subclasses 155 and 157
If you leave Australia, RRV visa allows you to return as a permanent resident.
What is RRV – Resident Return visa
RRV is the 5 years travel visa for Australian permanent residents. Once you have your Permanent visa granted, you will have a visa with 5 years travel validity, which allows you to travel in and out Australia with your nation passport. You should renew and apply your RRV before it expires.
If you hold a Resident Return Visa (RRV), you should be aware of your travel validity’s expiry date. You can check this on VEVO.
RRV – Resident Return visa 155
If you have lived in Australia for 2 years (730 days) in the last 5 years as a permanent resident, former citizen or former permanent resident, then you meet what is known as the residence requirement and might be given a 5 year travel validity on your visa.
RRV – Resident Return visa 157
If you have not lived in Australia for 2 years in the last 5 years as a permanent resident or former citizen or former permanent resident,
1. then you might be given a maximum of 12 months travel validity on your visa
If you meet the requirements only because you are a member of family unit of a person who holds this visa,
2. then you can only be given a maximum of 12 months travel validity on your visa.
If you don’t meet the requirement, but have compelling and compassionate reasons for departure,
3. then you might only be given 3 months travel validity on your visa.
How to demonstrate your Australian Ties
If you have not lived in Australia for 2 years in the last 5 years which means you do not meet the residence requirement, you must demonstrate your Australian ties.
Examples of documents you can attach are:
|You have a history of long-term residence in Australia, spent your formative years in Australia or have spent a significant amount of time in Australia since first being granted a permanent visa.
|Utility bills, bank statements, travel record, permanent visa decision, school records
|You have an Australian citizen partner or, in the case of a minor child, Australian citizen parent, who has previously lived in Australia.
|Copies of birth certificates, marriage or citizenship certificates of partners and children
|You have one or more Australian citizen minor children living in Australia (including at boarding school) where no legal impediment to access exists.
|School reports, proof of residence of family home
|You are returning to Australia after living overseas with your family unit, including Australian citizen minor children.
|Plane tickets, property purchase documents, school enrolments, moving receipts
Business ties documents
- company reports defining your role and authority
- business transactions
- partnership or joint venture agreements
- contracts showing your signature
- business or personal records.
Cultural ties documents
- publications written by you
- evidence of membership of cultural associations
- newspaper articles about you
- programs listing your artistic or cultural performances.
Employment ties documents
- employment contracts
- recent official documents such as group certificates
- employee identification or security pass.
Personal ties documents
Substantial personal ties may be of benefit to Australia if the applicant is, or has been, a participating member of the Australian community and economy, and their ties enrich the lives of individual Australian residents and citizens.
Substantial personal ties may be that you regard Australia as home or have an intention to reside in Australia.
What if I do not have Australian ties, then you should have compelling and compassionate reasons
Write a statement of compelling and compassionate reason that you have not been living in Australia. Explanation letter always helps give a better understanding of background
If You are the family member
For married couples, provide the marriage certificate.
For de facto relationships, provide either:
- your relationship is registered by an Australian State or Territory
- at least 12 months relationship
For both married and de facto applicants, you must provide evidence that you are in a genuine and continuing relationship.
- joint bank account statements
- billing accounts in joint names
- joint leases or mortgages
- documents that show your partner has lived at the same address as you
For children under 18 years old,
- copies of birth certificates
- the family book showing the names of both parents.
What is difference between RRV – Resident Return visa 157 &155
RRV 157 is a short-term visa usually valid for 3 months to 12 months, whereas, the 155 visa is long-term and is usually valid for up to 5.
However, if you have not stay in Australia for 2 years in the last 5 years, you can maximum have 12 month travel validity.
How should I apply for RRV ?
You can apply via Immiaccount
How about my RRV expires already?
Make sure apply for RRV if you want to travel overseas, without a valid PPV you cannot return back to Australia.