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With Covid-19/border restrictions in place how can I apply for my Resident Return Visa (RRV)?

Category: Visa for Australia

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I was granted my permanent residency (partner Visa sub class 801) on July 19, 2016. Since then, I have spent around 13 months on and off within Australia. My visa says that I cannot enter the country later than July 19, 2021. I am planning on returning to Australia at some point, but the current global pandemic makes it hard.

At which point should I apply for my resident return visa (class 155)?

If I do not meet the criteria of 2 years out of 5 in Australia, what options do I have to ensure I keep my permanent status?

Thanks in advance,


Answer provided by Migration Agent

Hello J.

In order to keep the Return Resident Visa (RRV) at 5 years, you do, as you know have to show 2 out of 5 years here. if you haven't met that you can apply for a new RRV on the grounds that you have strong ties to Australia.

You do not mention if you are still in the relationship for the Partner Visa, but if you are then that is a strong tie to Australia. If you have strong reasons as to why you have not been in Australia such as work, then that could be argued as to why you could not be here. if these measure fail then you can apply for a one year visa and then come back.

But you would still have to get your two years in the last 5 to get a longer RRV. You should apply before your visa runs out. If you can you should apply from within Australia. As a PR you are entitled to enter Australia without requiring an exemption.

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