It has been learnt that from February 15, 2012 onwards the duration of the validity for the Australian Resident Return Visas (Sub-class 155) gets cut down by four years, and made just one year with the validity before February 15 being five years. This would be done in a situation when and if the candidate has not stayed in the country for over two, out of the past five years.
The visa in question is basically a permanent visa for the present or ex permanent residents of the nation even as the same enables one to maintain or re-acquire his status, as a permanent resident of the country -- provided he re-enters the country and caters to all the key criteria.
The changes imply that in case a person having permanent visa has failed to stay in the Kangaroo Land for a period of not less than two years, during the course of the five years, before the filing of the application, but if he proves that he has good ties with Australia, he will pocket the RRV for a period of just one year.
Those who fail to cater to the RRV criteria, may be duly evaluated for the 3-Month Resident Return Visa even as the same is normally given as what is called an interim visa to enable visit for the permanent residents of the nation - whose visa validity may be about to come to an end, and who may not be entitled for the 5-Year RRV.
Hence, from February 15, 2012 onwards -- in case a person having a permanent visa has failed to stay in the country for a period of not less than two years, over the course of the last five years, before filing the application, but who has suitable ties with the nation -- an RRV will be offered to him, for a period of just one year. Before February 15, the aspirant would have been given a 5-year RRV.
It must be observed that those who possess Permanent Residency - and who have lived for a period of not less than two years over the course of the past five years in the country -- will still have a complete 5-year RRV.
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