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How Long Can an Australian Citizen Stay Out of Australia?

Australia is a country that offers many advantages to its citizens. That is why today a large population of the young who are highly skilled professionals plan to relocate to Australia. Once they relocate and live there for the stipulated period of time, they are eligible to become Australian citizens after they get their Permanent Residency. The acquiring of the permanent residency often leads the person to become Australian citizens, however, it is subject to satisfying all the requirements of the government laws of immigration.

Once the person acquires citizenship, they automatically get the freedom to travel to and from the country whenever the need arises, however, this freedom is allowed only for 5 years after the granting of the citizenship or the permanent Resident visa. After the five-year period, if the person wants to go out of Australia and return to the country with a permanent resident visa intact, the person must possess a Five Year Resident Return visa.

The following FAQs very clearly explains the rights and duties of a citizen of Australia and the freedom to travel. The question “How long can an Australian citizen stay out of Australia?” is very clearly answered in the following FAQs:

1. Do I need a visa to travel to Australia if I am an Australian citizen?

If you are an Australian citizen you do not need a visa, however, your visa should be valid with a Five Year Resident Return visa to return to the country once you exit the country. Special provisions are in place for citizens of New Zealand. All other travels need to obtain a visa to enter Australia, which must be obtained prior to their travel.

2. What are the documents needed for an Australian citizen to enter Australia?

Valid passport and travel documents. Entry to Australia may be refused if valid travel documents are not made available.

3. What is the Resident Return Visa?

All citizens of Australia traveling overseas will be allowed to do so for an indefinite period of time. However, if they want to return to Australia, they need to produce the Resident Return Visa, which allows the citizen to return to the country. The Resident Return Visa must be renewed every 5 years in order for it to be valid.

4. How long can an Australian citizen live out of the country?

The Australian citizen can live out of the country for an indefinite period of time.

5. Can a citizen travel out of Australia without attending the Citizenship Ceremony?

A person traveling out of the country without attending the citizenship ceremony will not be considered a citizen but a Permanent Resident. A Resident Return Visa is needed to return to the country.

For an Australian with a Permanent Resident Visa, it is legal to travel out of the country and stay there until the date of expiry of the visa. The re-entry to Australia should be on or before the date of expiry of the permanent Resident Visa. The Permanent Resident visa is usually valid for 5 years; after which it has to be renewed. There are two specifications that must be noted in the case of traveling out of the country and returning to the country. Firstly, the citizen is allowed to stay in the country indefinitely, even after the visa has expired once the citizen has re-entered into Australia. Secondly, in case the citizen is leaving Australian again, then the citizen need to possess a Resident Return visa which will permit the citizen to re-enter Australia again. As a citizen of Australia, the person can travel to and from Australia whenever they wish to do so.


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