A Resident Return visa is a permanent visa for current or former Australian permanent residents. This visa will allow you to maintain or regain your status as an Australian permanent resident on your return to Australia.
This visa is for you if the travel validity period of your permanent visa has expired or is about to expire.
Most applicants for the Resident Return visa are granted a visa which allows them to travel for up to five years.
To be granted a visa for five years, you must have lived in Australia as a permanent resident for at least two of the last five years. If you do not meet this residence requirement but you can demonstrate substantial ties of benefit to Australia, you may be eligible to be granted the visa for one year.
If you do not meet the requirements of the subclass 155 visa you will be assessed for the subclass 157 visa which can be granted for three months.
If you want to continue travelling to and from Australia as a permanent resident you will need to obtain another Resident Return visa.
Family members must apply separately and pay a separate visa application charge.
Please refer to the department’s website for the information on the eligibility.
See: Resident Return Visas (Subclasses 155 and 157) > Visa applicants > Who could get this visa
To lodge a Resident Return (subclasses 155 and 157) visa application, please prepare documents per the below checklist.
See: Application checklist
- Photocopies and translation
- All documents included in the application must be copies of the original documents. Please note that original documents or certified copies of the original documents can be requested if the visa processing officer finds it necessary as part of the visa application assessment. The courier service for returning the original documents will be at your cost.
- All documents not in English must be translated by an accredited translator.
- For clients in South Korea, the English translation must be translated and notarised by a Notary Public.
- For clients in Japan, the English translation must be translated by an accredited (http://www.naati.com.au) or professional translator. The translation must be either on company letterhead or must have the translator's official company stamp/seal and must include their contact details.
If you are a holder of an eligible passport, you are able to lodge your application online. If not, you will need to submit a paper application to the Visa Section:
- Online application
- Create an online ImmiAccount if you do not have one already
- Start your online application
See: Resident Return visa online applications
NOTE: It is strongly recommend that you attach your supporting documents to your online application at time of application.
Once you start your online application, you will be asked a series of questions to determine whether you are eligible to continue. If the eVisa system indicates you are not able to continue to apply online, you will need to lodge a paper application.
If you need to provide subsequent supporting documents after the lodgement of your online application, you can attach them to your online application via ImmiAccount.
Please ensure that the size of each file does not exceed 5MB and we recommend clients to attach files in PDF format.
See: Attach documents to an online application
- Paper application
If you are residing in South Korea or Japan, you must submit your application to the Visa Section at the Australian Embassy, Seoul by post or courier service.
See: Lodging Applications
Note: You are required to pay the non-internet application charge in addition to the base visa application charge at the time of application. Please refer to the website below for the detailed information.
See: Pricing Estimator
- Processing service standards
- Information on the average processing time service standard for visa applications processed in Seoul can be found at Application Processing Time Service Standards. Please note that the service standards are indicative only. Processing time on individual cases may vary depending on individual circumstances and the complexity of each case.
- Resident Return (subclass 155 and 157) visa applications that do not meet the residence requirement will take longer to finalise than the published processing times. If you have not resided in Australia for a total of at least 2 years within the last 5 years, processing timeframes for these applications can take up to 12 weeks.
- Visa decision
- You will be notified of a decision by email (if you have agreed to electronic communication) or by post.
- Australian visas are recorded electronically so a visa label is not placed in your passport.