Subclass 155 (Resident Return) Visa (Case Study 1)

Australian Permanent Residence allows the visa holder to remain in Australia indefinitely, and to travel to Australia from overseas for up to five years from the date that the visa was granted.

If a permanent visa holder is overseas outside of the five year period, a Subclass 155 (Resident Return) Visa is required if they wish to return to Australia.

The Resident Return visa allows permanent residents of Australia to return to Australia after travelling overseas. Resident Return Visa applicants must be:

  • An Australian permanent resident, or
  • a former Australian permanent resident whose last permanent visa was not cancelled, or
  • a former Australian citizen who lost or renounced their citizenship.

Offshore applicants who have been outside Australia for more than five continuous years since their permanent resident visa was granted, must demonstrate compelling reasons for their absence.


Our client was a former Australian permanent resident who departed Australia more than 27 years before she returned as the holder of a temporary visa.

Our Role

We conducted a thorough assessment and review of our client’s history before determining that a Subclass 155 (Resident Return) visa was the most suitable option.


The case officer was satisfied that our client demonstrated substantial ties were a benefit to Australia, and that compelling reasons for her 27 year absence were present.

Our clients subclass 155 visa application has since been approved. 

Client Review

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Subclass 155 (Resident Return) visa case study for an applicant who departed Australia as a permanent visa holder 15 years before contacting our migration agents.