An inquiry was received this week by a person called David based in Dublin who was asked a number of questions about applying for a Resident return visa subclass 157 (know as RRV) for himself. Unfortunately, the gmail email address he used in his inquiry was inquiry was wrong so an email response unfortunately failed to get delivered. Its too bad that he won’t get the response but rather than let the advice and info go to waste, it was a good chance to do a quick post on some of the main tips for someone wanting to do a RRV application.
Firstly, connections or ties to Australia are important to have. Immigration is not going to care to much about a person who hasn’t moved to Australia in the 5 years they have held a permanent residency visa, has no ties to Australia, family, business, social whatever and perhaps hasn’t even travelled there in this time. David had all the right connections so that was a big plus but if he didn’t Immigration is not going to be to bothered not granting him an RRV.
Secondly, properly explaining why you haven’t moved to Australia in the last 5 years you’ve held a permanent visa is a must in any RRV application. Reasons like “I couldn’t be bothered right now” or “I just didn’t get round to it”, won’t impress Immigration. Extenuating reasons like work/study commitments, family commitments like taking care of sick parents, children’s schooling are grounds for Immigration to properly consider. I had a client last year who was completing an MBA part time this along with job contract as a senior executive made it very difficult to commit to a move to Australia in the required framework.
Thirdly, apply before your current visa expires! Don’t leave it until the eleventh hour to apply. Planning on lodging and received a decision before your current visa expires means worse case scenario, your RRV application gets rejected but you still have a visa you can travel to Australia on to explore the option of apply for an RRV whilst in Australia. Sometimes the onshore authorities can offer more flexibility in their decision making as you are in Australia at the time of the application.
Finally, the RRV application is now a process that can be done online. If you are like David in Dublin who needs to lodge such an application, it can be done via the Immigration website.