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Hoping to return to Oz 7 years after my RRV expired. HOW?


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Old 02-14-2020, 11:32 AM
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Hoping to return to Oz 7 years after my RRV expired. HOW?

Here's my situation.

I left Melbourne back in June 2009 for a 3 year contract in Vietnam since I had 4 years to run on my RRV, I wasn't at all concerned. Well, my contract got extended by 1 year and I completely forgot that I only had 4 years to return, then when I was about to return in 2013, my Partner informed me that my beautiful baby boy was on his way! He was born on the 26th of Feb 2014.

Around May 2014, my Mother and Sister (both Australian Citizens) decided to come and visit me instead of me going back to visit them after almost 5 years. Mom and sis stayed for 4 months. The end of 2014 was a very tough year for me because it was then that I found out that my Uncle (who was the closest person I had to a father) who lives in Myanmar was diagnosed with cancer.

I dropped everything and started spending 2 weeks a month in Myanmar and in September 2016, moved there permanently. Through all this stress and misery, I managed to make another baby! My little princess was born on 12 December 2016.

After almost losing my Uncle twice, the kemo finally worked and his cancer went into remission, but the doctors gave him maximum 2 years because he was so frail and had pretty much given up.

My Uncle passed away last June, may he rest in peace.

So now that I have lost my Uncle and that I haven't made anymore babies (wifey has a 5 year implant now..) I am feeling the urge to be back home in Melbourne... yes, I call Australia home, because I lived there from 1982 to 2009, so 27 years out of 55!

So if you are still reading.. firstly THANK YOU!

QUESTION: What are my chances of returning to Australia? I am not really fussed if I only get a 3 month or 1 year RRV and have to work for my 5 year again... I just want to go home.

Any help / advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks everyone.


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Old 02-14-2020, 02:31 PM
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Hi Xcelency,

Firstly, my condolences on the death of your uncle. Good on you for taking the time to care for him, it's not easy.

Regarding your RRV, I'm sure you should be ok if you can explain your circumstances clearly. 27 years of history in Australia is a long time and would have to go in your favour.

If you can show that you have always regarded Australia as home and can show that you have always had an intent to return and maintained your relationships there then you should have a good case.

Just get a detailed application together and see how you go. The more information and links to Australia, the better.


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From what you have written, you should be able to craft a solid application but you will need to address the specific visa requirements based on your circumstances.

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Old 02-16-2020, 02:59 AM
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Thank you for giving me hope Jeck and Paul, much appreciated!

Should I use a migration agent and what should it cost me?


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Using an agent is absolutely your choice. It depends on how confident you are with compiling an application. I do not know what the cost would be but it only takes an email or phone call to find that out.


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Hi There,
I'm pretty sure you'd be able to apply your RRV back based on your situation as I was in a similar situation and i was granted with 1 year RRV and had managed to work back up my way to 5 years.

So just apply but do remember to write up your case in a detailed and as accurate as possible.

Good luck.


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