Resident Return VISA

Resident Return Visa Subclass 155

Please note: The following information is meant as a general guide only and not considered formal advice. Each situation should be assessed on its own merits.

​Please note: The following information is meant as a general guide only and not considered formal advice. Each situation should be assessed on its own merits.

​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

The RRV is a travel facility that helps the applicant become recognised as a permanent resident. 

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 chilren.

​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.

 

Our aim is to make the process as stress and hassle free for you as possible so you can reach your goals sooner, rather than later.

Tanz, a dual citizen,
thanks to RRV

Meet my baby sis, Tanz Beattie. She’s a dual citizen and has been living in Kalgoorlie, WA since 2008. My sis was able to become a dual citizen because of one interesting fact. Tanz came to Australia for the first time in 1988 when I was living in Sydney. She was 3 years old at the time, and came for my son’s 1st birthday. Thankfully, because of this visit, she was eventually going to be able to dodge the 2001 law changes that make it impossible to apply for New Zealanders to apply for a permanent visa, let alone citizenship.