If you already hold and Australian permanent residency visa you will probably have already found out that the travel rights attached to the visa is only valid for five years.
As a general rule only Australian citizens are allowed automatic entry into the country. Everyone else is required to hold a visa with entry rights.
An Australian permanent residency visa allows a person to stay in the country for an unlimited period of time, however that doesn't take into account a person's desire to travel the world, and then return to Australia.
The Resident Return Visa is specifically to allow permanent residents to renew the travel rights associated with a visa, for up to another five years.
It is best to plan on applying for a Resident Return Visa before the expiry of a current permanent residency visa.
The main eligibility requirement for Resident Return Visa is having lived in Australia as a permanent resident for at least two years in the five years before lodging an application.
If you do not meet those requirements then there are avenues for arguing that a visa should be granted due to compelling circumstances or based on having substantial ties to the country, that are a benefit to the country.
If you would like assistance with applying for a Resident Return Visa then please contact our office and we can prepare a plan for your migration application.
Employer Sponsored Permanent Residency
Subclass 457 Visa