Resident Return visa online application

Start an application

To start an online application you will need to login to your ImmiAccount. If you do not have an ImmiAccount you will be prompted to create one.

You must add as much information as possible before you submit your application. Applications with missing information might take longer to finalise.

When completing your online application you must not copy and paste bullet points, numbering, accents etc from formatted documents into the free text fields. Only use numbers 0 – 9 and letters A – Z (upper and lower case), dashes '-' and underscores '_'.​​​

Application type
Who is this for
Resident Return visa (subclass 155 and 157) For Australian permanent residents, former Australian permanent residents and former Australian citizens.
Note: Not all applicants are able to apply online. The online system will tell you if you are unable to use this method. Follow the instructions provided.
Start application

To complete an application you might be required to attach supporting documentation. You will need to check the relevant document checklist on the visa subclass page.​​​​

Track and manage your application

You will need to login to your ImmiAccount. If you do not have an account you will need to create one to access online visa services. You can use your account to:

  • continue a saved application​
  • attach documents
  • check progress of your application.

Note: If you submitted your application before 6 December 2013 you will need to import the application into your ImmiAccount. Unfortunately applications that were started (but not submitted) before this date cannot be retrieved.​​​​

Transaction Reference Number

A Transaction Reference Number (TRN) is a unique number assigned to each online application. You will need this to:

  • track and manage your application
  • identify your application when you communicate with us
  • check your visa entitlements.

Resident Return visa labels

Australia does not require you to have a Resident Return visa label or stamp in your passport to remain in or enter Australia. However, if you are travelling through other countries, you may be required by those countries to have an Australian visa label or stamp in your passport.

To obtain a visa label you will need to complete Form 1405 – Visa label request and payment (84 kB PDF file). A visa label may be obtained by attending any office of the department with your current passport, or by sending in your passport by registered post to your nearest office.

Note: Obtaining evidence of your Resident Return visa will incur a charge.

Your visa is linked electronically to the passport details provided in your visa application. You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.


Before you start your application you should read all the information about the Resident Return visa (subclass 155 and 157) and Return Documents for Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents.

More information about the Resident Return visa online application, can be accessed from the Resident Return FAQ.

Help for ImmiAccount is available through the ImmiAccount FAQs.

If you have read all of the available information, and you still require help, contact us with your enquiry.​


Last reviewed Thursday 20 February 2014

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