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New 5 yr PR sticker needed?

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Hi folks,


We have been living on the sunshine coast for 2 years, our 5 year PR visa has now expired, how do I go about getting new ones? We got caught out coming back from our UK trip in September, didn't know they had expired so we had to buy tourist visa's at Heathrow.


ALSO ...


Anyone advise me on Returning Residency Visa'? we are heading back to UK after Xmas and just "want the option" - we are hoping not to be ping pong brits, but I think it would be a safe option.



Any advice on both questions would be great - thankyou


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The purpose of RRVs is to facilitate the re-entry into Australia of non-citizen permanent residents; and to ensure that only those people who have a genuine commitment to residing in Australia, or who are contributing to Australia's well-being, retain the right to return to Australia and remain permanently.

The applicant must be:



  • a permanent resident holding a valid permanent visa
  • a former permanent resident whose last permanent visa was not cancelled, or
  • a former Australian citizen who has lost or renounced his or her Australian citizenship.


For a five- year RRV, applicants must have spent two years out of the last five years in Australia as a permanent resident or have substantial and beneficial ties to Australia. Applicants who have been absent from Australia for more than five years must also have compelling reasons for their absence of more than five years.

A three-month RRV may be granted to persons who don't yet qualify for a five-year RRV but have strong reasons to go overseas, such as the severe illness of a family member. Applicants must have spent at least one day in Australia in the last five years as a permanent resident, and have compelling and compassionate reasons for departing Australia.

Spouses and family members of an RRV holder who are or have been permanent residents may be granted RRVs on the basis that their family head holds an RRV. An RRV granted on this basis will have the same validity period as the family head's, whether the family member applies for an RRV at the same time as the family head or later.

If the family member meets one of the other criteria for an RRV in their own right, they will be granted an RRV with the full five-year validity.




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