Resident Return Visas (RRV)

Resident Return visas are designed for people who have permanent residence in Australia (but are not Australian citizens) to be able to leave and re-enter Australia without jeopardising their resident status. There are two types of RRV available which will depend on your circumstances.

Subclass 155 - 5 year travel facility

If you have spent two or more years in the last five years in Australia as a permanent resident, you can apply for a RRV which if approved will have a five year travel facility from the date of the grant of the visa.

Subclass 155 - 1 year travel facility

If you have not spent two or more years in the last five years in Australia as a permanent resident you will only be considered for a one year RRV which will have a one year travel facility from the date of the grant of the visa. You will also need to:

  • Present evidence of substantial business, cultural, employment or personal ties of benefit to Australia.

If you were a permanent resident when you last departed Australia but have been absent from Australia for more than five years, you must also:

  • Demonstrate compelling or compassionate reasons for your absence from Australia.

Subclass 155 - 1 year travel facility

If you have spent at least one day in the last five years in Australia (but less than two out of the last five years) as a permanent resident you can apply for a RRV valid for a period of three months providing you can show that there were compassionate or compelling reasons for leaving Australia when you did.

Free preliminary assessment

If you have started to research your visa options but are confused or having difficulty in deciding how to proceed, then we can help you. Concept Australia will offer you a free preliminary assessment of your potential eligibility and advise you in plain English whether you have a realistic chance of being granted a Resident Return Visa for Australia. In particular, we will advise you whether you have the potential to satisfy close ties with Australia or if your reasons for being absent would be regarded as compelling or compassionate.

Please telephone your nearest Concept Australia office (London 020 8468 1076) or (Manchester 0161 669 5836) or click on the Enquiry form below and submit your details to us.




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What visa options are there?

Choose the best option for you:



How long will it take to process an application for a Resident Return Visa?

Providing you support your application with all the required evidence, you can expect to be granted your Resident Return Visa within 2 weeks if your application is lodged outside Australia.


What are the benefits of using a registered migration agent (MARA)?

The decision to engage a migration agent is a personal choice which will depend on the complexity of your visa application and whether you are confident that you have fully understood all the rules and regulations which will be applied to your case.

If you do need assistance with the visa process, the DIBP strongly recommend that you appoint an agent who is registered with the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA). A registered migration agent must satisfy a strict code of conduct and:

  • maintain current knowledge of migration law and procedure
  • keep a professional library with direct access to migration regulations via Legend
  • undertake continuous professional development in order to maintain knowledge of migration regulations and policy


An agent who is not registered with MARA cannot offer you any legal protection and is not accountable for his/her actions and therefore might:

  • make false claims about your chances of success
  • give you incorrect advice
  • have limited knowledge about current Australian visa legislation and procedures
  • increase your risk of being exposed to migration fraud
  • charge fees which are unreasonable and excessive.

Resident Return Visa Enquiry Form

If you are considering applying for a Resident Return Visa for Australia, please complete and submit the form below. The information you provide will be treated in confidence and will not be stored onto a data-base or distributed to third parties.

Concept Australia will contact you to discuss your circumstances and to explain the visa process together with costs for submitting an application for a Resident Return visa for Australia.




Sponsorship reforms planned for Partner visa applicants

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What our clients are saying

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