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Fact Sheet 40 - Special Eligibility Stream

On 1 July 2010, 300 places were allocated in the categories under the Special Eligibility Stream for the 2010-11 program year.

The Special Eligibility Stream of Australia's Migration Program covers the Former Resident category.

Former Resident (subclass 151) visa

This subclass covers two groups of people seeking to remain in or to return to Australia as permanent residents who had never acquired Australian citizenship. These are:

  • people who have spent at least nine out of their first 18 years in Australia as permanent residents, are under the age of 45 at the time of lodging their application and have maintained business, cultural or personal ties with Australia
  • people who served in the Australian armed forces before 1981. Applicants must have either completed at least three months' continuous Australian Defence Force service or have been discharged on medical grounds before completing three months' continuous service. No age limit applies to this category.

Applicants in Australia must also apply within 12 months of the expiry of their last substantive visa.

Further information is available on the department's website.

The department also operates a national general enquiries line.
Telephone: 131 881
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm. Recorded information is available outside these hours.

Fact Sheet 40. Produced by the National Communications Branch, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Canberra.
Last reviewed 27 April 2011.

© Commonwealth of Australia 2009.