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Documentary Requirements

  • Form 1085 Application For A Resident Return Visa (RRV) completed in English and signed by the applicant;
  • Visa application charge; and
  • If you have not been lawfully a permanent resident and present in Australia for two years in the past five years, you need to demonstrate that you have substantial ties to Australia (see below), that are of benefit to Australia, in order to be eligible for a Resident Return Visa.

So that the Visa Office can contact you quickly if we need more information, please provide your postal address in Chinese and your telephone numbers when you lodge your application.

Question 31 on Form 1085 asks if you have substantial business, cultural, employment or personal ties to Australia that are of benefit to Australia. If you have answered “YES” to this question, please provide a separate statement describing these ties to Australia, together with copies of supporting documentation as evidence. Failure to do so will delay the processing of your application.


Business Ties – for example:

  • evidence of business ownership or active partnership. The business should be an Australian business or a branch of a business that has connections with Australia.
  • copies of recent annual reports and/or financial statements
  • evidence of your active involvement in the business


Cultural Ties – for example:

  • evidence that you are involved in the arts professionally such as actors, musicians, painters or authors
  • evidence that you are an active member of a religious, sporting or cultural group in Australia


Employment Ties – for example:

  • evidence that you are employed by an Australian organisation or the Australian branch of a multinational or foreign owned company and what your role is.
  • A work reference, tax payment and payrolls from the organisation in Australia.


Personal Ties – for example:

  • If you are accompanying your Australian citizen spouse overseas you should provide certified copies of your marriage certificate and evidence that your spouse is with you overseas and proof of your spouse’s Australian citizenship.
  • If you have close family members who are Australian permanent residents or citizens and they are living in Australia, provide proof of the relationship and of their status in Australia, eg. Certified copies of their passports – all pages. It would help if you also provide a list showing where all your family members live.
  • If you own a house or other personal assets in Australia, evidence of ownership.


If you are able to show that you have substantial ties with Australia and that they are of benefit to Australia but you have not returned to Australia in the last 5 years, you will need to show that there are compelling reasons that have caused your absence.

If you have answered “NO” to Question 31, please answer Questions 38 to 40. In addition, please attach a separate sheet describing:

  • Did you have compelling and compassionate reasons for your last departure from Australia?
  • If you have been absent from Australia for a continuous period of more than 3 months immediately before lodging this application, do you have compelling and compassionate reasons for your absence?


You should provide a written answer to these questions together with certified copies of available supporting evidence.


Important Note

This list is not exhaustive. It is a list of examples of the types of documentation that will help us to assess your application. If your circumstances are different but you believe that you have substantial ties that are of benefit to Australia or any compelling reasons for your absence, please supply with your application, documentation to support your claims and a written explanation of your circumstances. You may be requested to provide other supporting documents where necessary. Please attach English translations of any documents in Chinese. Please refer to for further information.


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Page last updated 19 July 2017