Only Australian citizens can automatically enter Australia. People with permanent visas can stay in Australia forever, but if they want to travel internationally, they need a way to come back to Australia.
That's where resident return visas (RRVs) come in. They let certain people who are, or have been, permanent residents or citizens of Australia travel internationally and come back to Australia as permanent residents.
The Australian government has a plan to bring successful migrants to the country, so they can help make Australia better. RRVs support this by:
There are two main types of RRVs:
Five-Year Resident Return Visa (Subclass 155): This permanent visa allows you to travel in and out of Australia for up to 5 years. To get this visa, you need to have lived in Australia as a permanent resident for at least 2 years in the past 5 years. Most people (over 80%) meet this requirement. If you don't, you might still be able to get a travel facility for up to 12 months.
Three-Month Resident Return Visa (Subclass 157): This permanent visa allows you to travel in and out of Australia for 3 months. It's usually given to people who don't qualify for the BB-155 visa. For example, if you just started living in Australia and need to travel overseas for important and compassionate reasons
To get a visa that lets you travel for 5 years you need to have lived in Australia for at least 2 years in the past 5 years as a permanent resident or Australian citizen. This is called "lawful presence in Australia." The goal of this 5-year travel visa is to give better travel options to permanent residents living in Australia compared to those living outside Australia.
When checking if you qualify, officers will look at the times you were in Australia during the 5 years before you apply:
To obtain a 1 year RRV based upon an employment tie we consider the job type (permanent, temporary, or contract) and if the person receives a wage or salary. Casual work usually isn't considered substantial unless the person has lived in Australia for a significant time in the past 2 years.An employment tie may benefit Australia if the person is:
Additional factors to consider include:
Employment outside Australia may have ties to Australia if the person works for:
To obtain a 1 year RRV based upon personal ties we consider the applicant's participation in the community and economy, and their connections with Australian residents and citizens. Maintaining a family unit can be considered beneficial, particularly if the family plans to live in Australia.
Examples of substantial personal ties include:
When evaluating personal ties, we consider the person's history and intention to reside in Australia, whether they view Australia as home, and their plans for permanent residence. RRV criteria do not require stronger ties to Australia than other countries but only substantial ties benefiting Australia.
For minors claiming substantial personal ties, provide evidence that parents or legal guardians support the application.