Resident Return Visa

What is a Resident Return Visa?

The RRV is a travel facility that helps the applicant become recognised as a permanent resident. New Zealand citizens who travelled to Australia prior to the 1st September 1994 may be eligible to apply for the Resident Return Visa, subclass 155 (RRV).

The three key criteria for the RRV are:

  • ​Evidence of entry
  • Substantial Ties that are of benefit to Australia
  • In some cases, compelling reasons for absences

Why apply for a Resident Return Visa?

Applying for the RRV is a great option for some people but it may not be the best option if you have a family that you wish to include. This is because family members cannot be included in an RRV application. Therefore, depending on the composition of a person’s family, RRV can potentially eliminate other visa options if not explored in its entirety. This can prove to be very disastrous and extremely costly in the long run.

However, for individuals or couples who don’t have children who are dependent, it’s a great opportunity because the RRV is granted usually within 1 to 4 weeks proving to be the quickest way to gain permanent resident status. There are also no medical or age requirements which makes it even more unique. It’s also a great option if you have no other options to assist family members as it opens the possibility to sponsor loved ones such as partners or dependent children.

​Ultimately, before doing anything further it’s wise and advisable to get formal advice so before making any final decisions you at least know the pathway you’re choosing is right for you.

Note: RRVs must generally be re-applied for every 12 months if you plan to travel overseas for the first 2 to 3 years. Once a person has been a permanent resident in Australia for 730 days they will then be issued a 5 year RRV, which means it doesn’t have to be renewed for 5 years, instead of 12 months.

This information is not intended to be or taken as migration advice as each case varies in complexities and circumstances. You should always consult an immigration lawyer or a registered migration agent to form an informed opinion on your immigration matter.


Morunga Migration Pty Ltd is committed to providing quality immigration assistance and advice to our audiences and broader migrant communities both in and outside of Australia.

The information contained within this website is to provide advice of a general nature only and is not to be taken as individual advice for your personal circumstances. Immigration information is subject to change at any time. Before proceeding with an application we recommend seeking professional and personalised advice about your circumstances.

We cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions as Australian immigration law and regulations change regularly. It is always best to contact us for advice before making any decisions. Alternatively, up to date information can be checked on the official Australian Government website, the Department of Home Affairs.

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