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Old 12-26-2013, 04:54 AM
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Resident Return Visa queries

Hi all

I got a question regarding the RRV and hope to be able to get some clarifications.

My query is more of the semantics PR, permanent Visas and RRV. I'm a bit confused on how different websites define or explain it differently and need to clarify if my understanding of it is correct. I am currently applying for a permanent partner Visa.

1. The Permanent Partner Visa is a permanent Visa that does not expire.
2. What expires is the overseas travel component of the permanent Visa which allows you to travel and return back to Australia as a PR
3. Once that expires, you would need to apply for a RRV. This is also a permanent Visa with a travel facility that allows travel to and from Australia for up to 5 years.

Is my understanding of the above correct? From what I've read, I'm assuming that Permanent Residency is a term that is used for anyone holding a Permanent Visa. A permanent Visa is any visa that allows the holder to remain in Australia indefinitely.

So in my case, I am looking to obtain a PR from my permanent partner Visa. This permanent Visa allows me to travel to and back Australia for up to 5 years. Once this travel facility ends, to travel outside and back, I will need to apply for a RRV, which is another permanent visa allowing me to travel to and back for up to 5 years. The RRV will supercede my initial Permanent partner visa. I am still considered a PR due to my RRV.


Sorry for the long post. Hope to be able to get some confirmation on the above.

Thanks sooooo much!!

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Old 12-26-2013, 05:03 AM
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Having only just received my PR status a month ago, I haven't had to look into the RRV yet. But my understanding is the same as yours - a PR lets you stay in Australia indefinitely. However after 5 years if you want to travel outside Australia, you need to be granted an RRV to return. The RRV typically is for 5 years if you have sufficient ties to Australia, but could be shorter if you've moved overseas or haven't resided in Australia for long enough to create sufficient ties.

Originally Posted by Kaapui View Post
The RRV will supercede my initial Permanent partner visa. I am still considered a PR due to my RRV.
What I hadn't really considered was the fact that you'd then have PR status on an RRV. I guess I just assumed I'd return to Australia on the RRV but still be on a 186, but that wouldn't make sense if I'd been granted a new visa. So I guess it makes sense that the RRV would supercede the initial partner visa.

This is still almost 5 years down the road for me though (and for you too), so it's possible things will change between now and then.

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