155 Main Eligibility

  • You must be an Australia permanent resident, or Australian citizen but has subsequently lost or renounced Australian citizenship, or a former Australian permanent resident
  • If you have lived in Australia as a permanent resident for at least 2 years in the last 5 years, you may be granted a 5 year RRV
  • If you have lived in Australia as a permanent resident for less than 2 years in the last 5 years, you maybe granted a 1 year RRV, but you must show substantial ties
  • If you have been absent from Australia for 5 years or more, you must have compelling reasons for your absence

155 Main Conditions

  • Nil

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  • You can demonstrate substantial ties in a number of areas including: business, cultural, employment and personal ties with Australia which are of benefit to Australia
  • If you have been absent from Australia for 5 years or more, the longer time you have been absent, the more difficult it is to demonstrate compelling reasons for your absence

155 Additional Information

StayThis is a permanent visa
CostAUD410 for primary applicant
Processing Time75% of applications: 11 days
90% of applications: 38 days

​Generally, applications that meet the residence requirements will be processed within 5 working days from lodgement. Applications that do not meet the residence requirement will take longer to finalise, as published here.​

Character Requirement

You must be of good character and pass the character test. There are a number of circumstances where you may not pass the character test. For example, if you have a substantial criminal record. A substantial criminal record means if you have been:

  • sentenced to death or imprisonment for life
  • sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 12 months or more
  • sentenced to two or more terms of imprisonment (even if served concurrently) where the total is 12 months or more
  • found by a court to not be fit to plead in relation to an offence but found to have committed the offence and detained in a facility or institution

You may be required to obtain one or more documents to prove your character, such as: a police certificate, Form 80, character statutory declaration, military certificate, or a letter of good conduct from an employer.


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