Resident Return Visa

You have got your Australian permanent residence sorted out, and now you’re all set to make Australia your home sweet home for good. But there are a few things about travel you need to know. Even though you’re a permanent resident, there could be some hoops to jump through if you want to travel in and out of Australia freely. That’s where the Resident Return Visa (RRV) comes into play. Let’s break it down in simpler terms.

What’s an RRV?
Well, only Australian Citizens have an open door to Australia. As a permanent resident, you’ve got the right to stay in Australia forever, but that doesn’t mean you can leave and return whenever you please. Your initial travel privileges might expire after five years, and if you plan to jet off and then come back as a resident, you’ll need an RRV.

Who Needs an RRV?
 If you’ve been living outside Australia for a while or you gave up your citizenship, getting back in might not be as simple as hopping on a plane. That’s where the RRV steps in to save the day.


Eligibility and How to Get It

To be eligible for an RRV, you must meet the following eligibility criteria. 

  1. Be one of the following:
  • an Australian permanent resident.
  • a former Australian permanent resident whose last permanent visa was not cancelled; or
  • a former Australian citizen who lost or renounced citizenship. 


Meet the residence or substantial ties requirements (one of the following).

ResidenceYou have been present in Australia for two years (730 days) in the last five years (from the application date) as the holder of a permanent visa (or permanent entry permit) or as an Australian citizen.5-year travel facility
Substantial tiesYou are outside Australia and you:
• have not been absent for five continuous years or more before the date of application (unless you have compelling reasons);
• hold a permanent visa or last left Australia as a permanent resident or citizen (but subsequently lost citizenship); and
• can demonstrate substantial ties to Australia that are of benefit to Australia.
12-month travel facility
Substantial tiesYou are outside Australia and you:
• are not absent for five continuous years or more before the date of application (unless you have compelling reasons);
• hold a permanent visa or last left Australia as a permanent resident or citizen (but subsequently lost citizenship); and
• can demonstrate substantial ties to Australia that are of benefit to Australia.
12-month travel facility
Residence and substantial ties You are outside Australia and you:
• have not been absent for five continuous years or more before the date of application (unless you have compelling reasons);
• hold a permanent visa or last left Australia as a permanent resident or citizen (but subsequently lost citizenship); and
• can demonstrate substantial ties to Australia that are of benefit to Australia.
12-month travel facility



How to Apply
You can apply for an RRV online whether you’re chilling in Australia or out and about. Just make sure you’re not caught up in any immigration issues at the time.

Written by Ross Ahmadzai

23 Feb, 2024

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