Former Resident Visa

This subclass of Resident Return visa allows you to travel abroad, return back and settle in Australia.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this subclass of Resident Return, you must fulfil one of the following criteria:




  • You must have spent 9 years out of your first 18 years in Australia as a permanent resident and be under 45 years of age.
  • You must have completed 3 months of service in the Australian Armed Forces at any time before 19 January 1981.
  • You must have undertaken national service by virtue of a notice under section 26 of the National Service Act 1951 (National Service Provision) as in force at any time before 26 November 1964.
  • You must have been discharged from such service as being medically unfit by reason of such service before completing 3 months service.

Note: If you have not been a permanent resident, being a member of the armed forces of another country seconded to Australia does not make you eligible.

Additional Criteria

In addition to the above criteria, if you are living in Australia, you must indicate that:



  • You hold an eligible visa.
  • You have made a valid visa application within 12 months after the day you last entered Australia without an eligible visa, or 12 months after your last eligible visa expired.
  • You are not the holder of a transit visa.

Your spouse and dependent family members may be included in your application if they meet certain requirements. Contact us to find out eligibility criteria for your family members.

With Former Resident visa you can enjoy the following privileges:

  • Work and study in Australia
  • Receive subsidised healthcare through Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
  • Access certain social security payments (subject to waiting periods)
  • Become eligible for Australian citizenship (subject to the residency eligibility criteria)
  • Sponsor people for permanent residence (subject to waiting periods)

Please contact us to discuss your requirements or click here for a detailed assessment of your particulars towards migration to Australia.

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