Receive the most comprehensive Australian visa support using our experienced Australian OMARA Registered Migration Agents to represent you through the Australian visa application process. National Visas is a private immigration company and is not affiliated with the Australian government and charges professional fees to provide its services in addition to the official government application fees and free forms available on the government site.

Resident Return Visa − Requirements

To be eligible for a Resident Return Visa (RRV) you must be one of the following:

  • an Australian permanent resident;
  • a former Australian permanent resident whose last permanent visa was not cancelled;
  • A former Australian Citizen who lost or renounced your citizenship.

A RRV may be granted for 5 years, 1 year or 3 months depending on the circumstances. Three of the most common options are detailed below.

5 year RRV:
To meet the requirements for a 5 year RRV you must have spent 2 of the last 5 years in Australia as a permanent resident or citizen.

1 year RRV:
If you have not spent at least 2 years out of the last 5 in Australia then you may be eligible for the shorter validity RRV. To meet requirements for a 1 year RRV:
  • You must not have been absent from Australia for a period of five continuous years or more since the grant of your most recent permanent visa or since you ceased being a citizen, unless there was a compelling reason for your absence;
  • You must also be able to demonstrate that you have substantial ties to Australia.

3 month RRV:
To meet requirements for a 3 month RRV:
  • You must have spent at least one day in the last five years lawfully in Australia.
  • You must have spent less than two years in the last five years in Australia.
  • You must have been a permanent resident or an Australian citizen for the entire period spent in Australia.
  • You must show that there is a compelling and compassionate reason for your departure.

Other RRV options:
Please note there are more ways to apply for a Resident Return Visa. For more information please contact National Visas on +61 (0)3 9038 8622.