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157 (Resident Return) Visa  
The Subclass 157 (Resident Return) Visa offers a short-term travel facility of three months from the date of grant.

This visa is designed for certain permanent residents who have spent less than two years in Australia and have not yet established strong ties to the country.

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the Subclass 157 (Resident Return) Visa, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • You were an Australian permanent resident or citizen throughout your time in Australia when applying for this visa.
  • You have lawfully spent at least one day but no more than two years in Australia during the five years preceding your application.
  • You must demonstrate compelling and compassionate reasons for leaving Australia.

Purpose and Features:

The Subclass 157 visa caters to situations where a permanent resident has spent a limited period in Australia and has not yet formed significant connections. It provides a three-month travel facility, enabling holders to temporarily leave and re-enter Australia.

Importantly, holding the Subclass 157 (Resident Return) Visa does not affect your permanent resident status in Australia. While residing in the country beyond the three-month validity term does not impact your permanent residence, the visa primarily influences your ability to depart and return as a permanent resident.

This visa acknowledges specific circumstances where a shorter travel facility may be appropriate due to the individual’s ties and connections to Australia.