unzippy

Visa terminology.

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Hello

I've been granted my sub class 100 visa.

 

"You have been granted a permanent visa which allows you to travel to and remain in Australia indefinitely."

 

What exactly does that mean?  Will it ever be revoked if I leave for a bit?

 

Ta.

 

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26 minutes ago, unzippy said:

Hello

I've been granted my sub class 100 visa.

 

"You have been granted a permanent visa which allows you to travel to and remain in Australia indefinitely."

 

What exactly does that mean?  Will it ever be revoked if I leave for a bit?

 

Ta.

 

Will it ever be revoked if I leave for a bit? No, it's permanent. But for practical purposes possibly yes in that you could lose the benefit of it.

While you can remain in Australia indefinitely in order to enter Australia you need a valid visa. For the first 5 years your sub class 100 visa will allow you to do that all by itself. After that you need a Resident Return Visa and you need to meet the eligibility requirements of the Resident Return Visa to get one. To get a 5 year Resident Return Visa you merely need to have been resident in Australia for 2 out of the last 3 years - very easy for people who actually live in Australia, but if you haven't been living in Australia you'll only be able to able to get a shorter visa (1 year or even just 3 months) but for those you need to demonstrate some tie to Australia. Of course once you get in to Australia you can stay permanently again so the length of the visa doesn't matter if you just want to get back in - but the need to demonstrate a tie to Australia could be an issue.

There's no limit to the number of times you renew a Resident Return Visa provided you meet the requirements each time. In theory you are supposed to obtain your RRV before departing Australia and return during it's validity but there are many people who apply from outside Australia.

If you are outside Australia and don't meet the requirements for an RRV you may find yourself entitled to live permanently in Australia but not permitted to go there.

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