This visa allows former permanent residents and certain people who served in the Australian Defence Force to live in Australia as permanent residents.
Last updated 19 September 2018 (for month ending 31 August 2018)
Processing times vary.
For more information read
Global visa and citizenship processing times
If you are in Australia when you apply, you must hold a current substantive visa or apply for this visa within 12 months of your substantive visa expiring. The last visa you held must not have been a
Transit visa (subclass 771).
We recommend that you only apply for this visa if you believe you are likely to be successful. If your application is refused or withdrawn, we will not refund you the cost of the visa application.
You must meet certain
health requirements. The results are usually valid for 12 months. Do not arrange a health examination until we ask you to.
This also applies to all the members of your family unit included in your application, whether they are migrating or not.
You must meet certain
character requirements. You must be prepared to provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age. Do not arrange for police certificates until we ask you to.
This applies to everyone listed in your application, whether they are migrating or not.
You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this visa can be granted.
The Former Resident visa lets you stay in Australia indefinitely as an Australian permanent resident. It is a permanent visa with a travel facility that lets you travel to and from Australia for up to five years from the date it is granted. Once the travel facility expires you will need to apply for, and be granted, another permanent visa if you want to leave Australia and return as a permanent resident.
For more information about being an Australian permanent resident, including eligibility for government services and benefits, refer to
Australian permanent resident
You might have to pay other costs, such as the costs of health assessments, police certificates, or any other certificates or tests. You are responsible for making the necessary arrangements.
Use the Visa pricing estimator to estimate the cost of your application.
Visa pricing estimator
Note: The estimator does not calculate additional costs.
You can apply for this visa when you are in or outside Australia:
This is a permanent visa.
For detailed information regarding who you can include in your application see
including family members in your application
The application must include documentary evidence of their relationship to you. Members of your family unit must be able to show that they meet
You and your family must comply with all Australian laws.
You must enter Australia before the date given to you in your visa grant.
Your family might not be allowed to arrive in Australia before you. We will tell you if this is the case.
You need a valid passport or other travel document for this visa. If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. If you get a new passport after you have lodged your application, give the details of your new passport to one of
If you are granted a visa, it will be linked to your passport. If you get a new passport before your visa ends, you should let us know to have your visa linked to your new passport.
You need to provide documents to support your application for this visa. We can make a decision using the information you provide when you lodge your application. It is in your interest to provide as much information as possible with your application.
Provide certified copies of original documents. Do not include original documents unless we specifically ask for them. Police certificates should be original documents. Documents not in English must be accompanied by accredited English translations
You can pay by credit card, bank cheque or money order made payable to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Please refer to
preparing your application, for information on:
After you have lodged your application and documents, we will acknowledge that we have received your information.
We have visa processing times for each visa.
Your application could take longer if you need character or health checks (including x-rays), if you need to provide more information, or if your application is incomplete.
We could also ask you for more information. You will have to respond by a set date. After that date, we can make a decision about your application using the information that we have.
If another person gives us information that could result in you being refused a visa, we will usually give you the opportunity to comment on the information
You might also be interviewed. If you are asked to attend an interview in person, bring your passport or other identification and any requested documents to the interview.
If the visa is granted, we will let you know:
This letter will also tell you the date by which you must enter Australia. If the visa is not granted, we will let you know:
You must tell us if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.
More information is available in the Tell us of changes tab.
You must tell us if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family
If you do not provide us with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and may be denied permission to board your plane.
You can withdraw the application at any time before we make a decision about it. To do this, send us a letter or email to ask for the withdrawal. Your request must include your full name and date of birth. You should also include your file reference number, client ID, or a Transaction Reference Number.
All applicants 18 years of age or older, wishing to withdraw, must sign the request for withdrawal