For Australian Permanent Residents who are not residing in Australia, it is important to be aware of the need to renew their residence status, as a permanent residence visa is valid for a period of five years from the date of grant.

If a permanent resident is in Australia at the time that this return entry facility expires, the permission to remain in Australia indefinitely continues, but if the person leaves Australia, he/she will be unable to re-enter the country unless a further visa that authorizes re-entry is obtained prior to travelling overseas (or prior to return to Australia).

A Resident Return Visa (RRV) can be granted for the duration of either one year or five years.

Residents are eligible for a five year RRV if they have lived in Australia for a minimum of two years out of the five years provided for by the original permanent resident visa.

For those who cannot satisfy the 2-year residence threshold, a one year RRV can be obtained and renewed on a yearly basis. This 1 year RRV is subject to the applicant’s ability to demonstrate strong business, cultural, employment or personal ties of benefit to Australia. Chambers is fully up-to-date with all developments in law, policy and Departmental procedure, and as such we are in a position to advise on and structure RRV applications in line with the appropriate policy and criteria at the time of application.

An RRV is also an option for those who are former residents of Australia.

If you are an Australian Resident who is residing overseas, please contact us and we will be happy to advise you on your eligibility for a Resident Return Visa, what steps need to be taken to consolidate your eligibility and whether there are other options available to you (i.e. Citizenship by conferral).