Resident Return Visa Subclass 155
Please note: The following information is meant as a general guide only and not considered formal advice. Each situation should be assessed on its own merits.
New Zealand citizens who arrived in Australia before the 1st September 1994 may be eligible to apply for the Resident Return Visa, subclass 155 (RRV).
There is a variety of criteria that must be satisfied before the Department of Home Affairs will decide to grant an RRV.
The three key criteria that must be met are:
Evidence of entry
Substantial Ties that are of benefit to Australia
In some cases, compelling reasons for absences
The RRV is a travel facility that lasts for either 12 months or 5 years depending on an individual's permanent resident status in the 5 years immediately before applying.
I myself, applied for and was granted the RRV in 2013 and was able to go on and apply for Australian citizenship as well. Without this opportunity it would have taken several more years before ever qualifying for a permanent visa.
I have dealt with and assisted a number of fellow Kiwis and there are numerous risks with the application process and understanding the unique conditions attached to this visa.
As appealing as it may seem, applying for the RRV may also not be the best option if you have a family that you wish to include because they cannot be included in an RRV application. Therefore, depending on the composition of a person's family, RRV can potentially eliminate other visa options if not explored in its entirety. This can prove to be very disastrous and extremely costly in the long run.
However, for individuals or couples who don't have children under 23 years old, it's a great opportunity because the RRV is granted usually within 1-2 months proving to be the quickest way to gaining permanent resident status. There are also no medical or age requirements which makes it even more unique. It's also a great option if you have no other options to assist family members as it opens the possibility to sponsor loved ones.
Ultimately, before doing anything further it's wise and advisable to get formal advice so before making any final decisions you at least know the pathway you're choosing is right for you.
Our current costs for RRV is as follows:
$ 410.67 Visa application charge
$ 42.67 Australian police check
$ 4,015.00 Our professional fee (GST included)
Total cost is $4,468.34 (per applicant)
This is a fixed fee with no additional or hidden costs.
Additional information: RRVs must be re-applied for every 12 months if you plan to travel overseas for the first 2 to 3 years. Once a person has held their permanent visa for 24 months or longer they will then be issued with a 5 year RRV, which means it doesn't have to be renewed for 5 years, instead of 12 months.
Costs for us to manage and reapply will be approximately $795.67 which includes our management fee and the visa application charge. Note: Visa application charges generally increase on the 1st July each year so this fee may vary.
Payments are usually paid in two instalments. 50% upfront and 50% at time of lodgement.
We complete the entire application on your behalf.
We would require you to email us colour copies of specified documents.
No documents need to be certified by a JP.
Applications take up to 6 weeks to prepare and lodge provided we receive all the necessary documentation in a speedy manner.
Citizenship applications can be applied for after holding RRV for 12 months (subject to meeting residency requirements) and they take approximately 1-2 years to process. Our professional fee to prepare and lodge a citizenship application is $2,750.
If we, however, lodge a person's permanent visa application we are able to offer a 20% discount at the citizenship application stage for anyone who wishes to re-engage our services.
If you wish to proceed please book in a consultation to begin the process. Consultation fee applies and is deducted from your overall application cost.
Our aim is to make the process as stress and hassle free for you as possible so you can reach your goals sooner, rather than later.