|Posted on May 30, 2012 at 4:20 PM|
PANIC ATTACK - I am currently in the UK, we arrived on Saturday. We had a connection flight from Brisbane to Melbourne and then we flew from Melbourne to London via Singapore. On arriving in Melbourne my UK passport flagged up on the system and I began to panic as I was traveling with my two small sons aged 2 years and 7months. As you may have read on the site I am a Permenant Resident 'normally domiciled in Australia'and have been for over 5 years (I have lived there for over 8 years) and I was advised that there was a problem with my visa.
I was advised by the lady at the passport desk that you have to renew your right to travel in and out of Austalia Asa Permenant Resident every 5 years. As luck would have it mine expired on the very day that I flew out of Australia. This lady informed me that as soon as I arrived in the UK I had to contact the Australian Embassy in London (0207 379 4334) and apply for a Resident Return Visa (RRV form 1085 www.immi.gov.au). Unfortunately for me I arrived on a Saturday so the stressing was prolonged waiting for them to open.
On contacting the High Commission yesterday I was informed that there is an application fee of £200.00!!!!!! Apparently once I have sent the form (by post) I should hear from my case officer in 7 days.
So if you are a Permenant Resident and have been for some time check before you fly out of Australia that you don't need to have a RRV before you go. For more information have a look at the booklet provided by the Department of Immigration and citizenship at: www.immi.gov.au/migrants/residents/
I will keep you posted as to my progress......