Resident return visas Subclass 155 & 157

Purpose: The Resident Return visa (subclasses 155 and 157) is for current or former Australian permanent residents and former Australian citizens who want to travel overseas and return to Australia as permanent residents.

The Resident Return visa will let you keep or regain your status as an Australian permanent resident.

Only Australian citizens have an automatic right of entry to Australia. All non-citizens need a visa that allows them to enter and remain in Australia.


If you do not meet the requirements for Five Year Resident Return visa (subclass 155) your application will be assessed against the criteria for 3 Month Resident Return visa (subclass 155)or 1 Year Resident Return visa (subclass 155)


  • Allows you to remain in Australia indefinitely
  • Allows you to leave and enter Australia as often as you want, within the validity period of the visa, while maintaining your status as a permanent resident

You must provide evidence that proves:

  • You have substantial business, cultural, employment or personal ties of benefit to Australia
  • A compelling reason for your absence