Subclass 151:
Former Resident Visa

Subclass 151 is permanent residency allowing former permanent residents and certain people who have served in the Australian Defence Force to settle and live in Australia indefinitely. Depending on your circumstances, you must either satisfy:
  • Long Residence Requirement; or
  • Defence Services Requirement.
  • Long Residence Requirement

    You must satisfy all the following criteria:
  • You must be younger than 45 years of age at the time of the application; and
  • If 18 years or older – You must have spent at least 9 years in Australia as a Permanent resident before you turned 18; and
  • If younger than 18 – You must have spent at least half of your life in Australia as a permanent resident; and
  • You must not have acquired an Australian citizen;
  • You must have maintained close business, cultural or personal ties with Australia (after you were no longer a permanent resident), including any regular contact with relatives or friends, frequent visits, owning property or having active business interests.
  • Defence Services Requirement

    To apply as what is so called “defence service applicant”, you must have:
  • Served at least 3 continual months in the Australian Defense Force; or
  • Served for fewer than 3 months in the Australian Defence Force because you were discharged on medical grounds.
  • Relevant Public Interest Criteria:

    4001, 4002, 4003, 4004, 4009, 4010, 4021 and 4019 (if applicable) ​

    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.

    Relevant Special Return Criteria:

    5001, 5002 and 5010

    Visa Conditions

    All visas granted to offshore applicants must specify a date of first entry. In addition, the Department may impose:

    8502: The holder of the visa must not enter Australia before the entry to Australia of a person specified in the visa.