Provisional Resident Return visa (subclass 159) - document checklist

​​​​This information is for former holders of Norfolk Island immigration temporary entry or general entry permits.

You might need to provide documents to support your application for this visa. We can make a decision using the information you provide when you lodge your application. It is in your interest to provide as much information as possible with your application.

Provide certified copies of original documents. Do not include original documents unless we specifically ask for them. Police certificates should be original documents. Documents not in English must be accompanied by accredited English translations.

Use this checklist to make sure your application is complete.

Form​s

Char​​ges

Receiving a​​​ssistance

Your id​​entity

  • Certified copies of the biographical pages of the current passports or travel documents of all people included in the application (these are the pages with the holder's photo and personal details and the issue/expiry dates).
  • If your name has changed since you were last granted a visa: a certified copy of evidence of the name change.

Documen​​ts

  • If you are a dependent child of a former holder of a temporary entry permit (TEP) or general entry permit (GEP) on 30 June 2016, or their dependent child, you will need to provide a certified copy of your birth certificate.

As a former holder of a Norfolk Island immigration permit, your immigration record will be included in Norfolk Island immigration records. Under the Norfolk Island Continued Laws Amendment (2016 Measures No. 1) Ordinance 2016, APS officers of the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) are authorised to access these records and use them for purposes arising, directly or indirectly, under, relevantly, the Migration Act 1958, Australian Citizenship Act 2007 and the Norfolk Island Legislation Amendment Act 2015. Therefore, the Department will be able to verify if you are a former holder of a Norfolk Island immigration permit for the purposes of making a decision on your visa application. However, it may still be necessary for the Department to request additional information from you. For more information about the above Ordinance, refer to the Explanatory Statement.

Validity and travel f​​acility of your visa

If you are granted a subclass 159 visa as a former holder of a TEP or GEP, or their dependent child , your visa will be valid for six years and six months from the date of visa grant or until the end of 31 December 2023, whichever occurs first. You will be able to travel in and out of Australia anytime within this period.

If you are granted a subclass 159 visa as a secondary applicant of a former holder of a TEP or GEP, or their dependent child, your visa will be valid for the period permitted in relation to your parent’s application. You will be able to travel in and out of Australia anytime within this period.