Who should apply?
Resident Return (subclass 155/157)
Permanent residents of Australia need to have a valid visa in order to be able to return to Australia. The initial visa issued to new migrants is valid for multiple entries to Australia for a period of five years. If this visa has expired, and you have not acquired Australian citizenship, you will need to apply for a Resident Return visa in order to return to Australia.
The Resident Return visa is generally valid for 5 years. However, if you are unable to satisfy the legislative requirements for grant of a 5 year Resident Return visa you will be considered against the legislative requirements for a 3 month Resident Return visa.
Note: Resident Return applications must be sent or lodged directly at the Australian High Commission in Nairobi. If lodged in person, it must be between 8:00am – 3:00pm Monday to Friday by appointment only. The AHC also accepts mailed and couriered applications.
Applicants for a Resident Return Visa are excluded from providing their Biometrics.
Re-evidencing a Resident Return visa.
A valid Resident Return visa, which is in a lost or expired passport, can be re-evidenced into a new passport. You are required to submit a completed application form 1085 and pay the appropriate processing fee.