What is a Resident Return Visa (RRV)?
Direct citizenship pathway
22 April 2023
Following a review of New Zealanders rights in Australia the Albanese Labor Government announced that non-protected Special Category Visa-holders who have resided in Australia for at least the past four years can apply directly for citizenship from the 1 July 2023 without needing to apply for a permanent visa.
A Resident Return Visa (RRV) enables a former permanent resident to reinstate their permanent visa and become an Australian citizen.
Prior to 1 September 1994 New Zealand citizens were automatically granted permanent residency upon entering Australia. Even if they came for a holiday, were a child travelling on a parent's passport or didn't require a passport.
New Zealanders must be residing in Australia in order to apply for RRV. Their partner and dependent children cannot be included on the application. If eligible for RRV they can submit their own application.
Twelve months after being granted an RRV they can apply for citizenship, provided they have resided in Australia for at least four years immediately prior to applying.
New Zealanders arriving in Australia after 26 February 2001 are a granted a Special Category Visa (SCV), this is a temporary visa under the Migration Act. Some SCV New Zealanders may be eligible for Australian citizenship.
Applying for a Resident Return Visa
Resident Return Visa Travel Capacity
Requesting your travel records
The above “What is a Resident Return Visa?” information should not be relied on as an alternative to advice from the Department of Home Affairs, or a professional immigration services provider.
If you have any specific questions about an immigration matter, you should consult the Department of Home Affairs or a professional immigration services provider.