Subclass 151: Former Resident Visa

Subclass 151 visa is permanent residency that allows individuals, who have previously been permanent residents or served in the Australian Defence Force, to settle and live in Australia. Depending on circumstances, the applicants must either satisfy:

  • Long residence requirement; or
  • Defence services requirement.

Long Residence Requirement

  • Applicants must be younger than 45 years of age at the time of the application;
  • If the applicants are 18 years or older, they must have spent at least 9 years in Australia as a Permanent resident before 18 years of age;
  • If the applicants are younger than 18 years old, they must have spent at least half of their life in Australia as a permanent resident;
  • Applicants must not have acquired and denounced an Australia citizenship;
  • Applicants must have maintained close business, cultural or personal ties with Australia.

Defence Services Requirement

  • Applicants must have served at least 3 continual months in the Australian Defense Force; or
  • Applicants had served fewer than 3 months in the Australian Defence Force because they were discharged on medical grounds.

Relevant Public Interest Criteria

Additional public interest criteria may be imposed depending on the grounds for the application, the location and age of the applicant at the time of application. The applicable criteria usually include 4001, 4002, 4003, 4004, 4009, 4010, 4021 and 4019 (if applicable).

Relevant Special Return Criteria

5001, 5002 and 5010.

Visa Conditions

All visas granted to offshore applicants must specify a date of first entry.