• Previous permanent residency: You must have previously held permanent resident status in the country you seek to return to.
  • Reason for absence: Your absence must have been temporary and within a specified timeframe (usually 2-5 years depending on the country). This timeframe can be extended in cases of compelling reasons like medical emergencies or family obligations.
  • Sufficient ties: You need to show evidence of substantial ongoing ties to the country, such as property ownership, family connections, or business interests.

Types of RRVs:

  • Australia: Subclasses 155 and 157, with travel validity of 5 years or 3 months respectively.
  • United States: SB-1 Returning Resident Visa, for stays beyond one year.
  • Other countries: Different names and specific requirements exist in various countries.

Application Process:

  • Gather documents: This typically includes your passport, proof of previous permanent residency, proof of departure and return dates, evidence of ties to the country, and a completed application form.
  • Apply: Applications are usually submitted to the embassy or consulate of the country in your current location.
  • Pay fees: There are visa application fees and sometimes additional processing charges.
  • Attend interview: You may be required to attend an interview with a visa officer to discuss your application.
  • Processing time: Processing times can vary depending on the country and workload.

Additional Considerations:

  • Consult relevant authorities: Always refer to the official website of the embassy or consulate of the country you are seeking to return to for the most accurate and up-to-date information on RRV eligibility, requirements, and application process.
  • Seek professional guidance: Immigration lawyers or consultants can provide valuable assistance and ensure your application adheres to all regulations.
  • Meet deadlines: Apply well in advance of your intended return date to avoid travel disruptions.


Remember, the specific details and requirements for RRVs will vary depending on the country you are returning to. Be sure to research thoroughly and seek appropriate guidance to ensure a smooth and successful return.

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