I have been an Australian Permanent Resident for 7 years. This means I am allowed to remain in the country till I die, with complete rights to work, government assistance, etc. Yet I don't have the right to re-enter the country after a trip abroad. This seems like a weird situation.

I'm curious: What happens if I turn up at Australian Immigration without the required Residents Return Visa?

(I am approved for citizenship, but I am not a citizen because I am still waiting for a pledge ceremony)

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    As I understand it they expect permanent residents to apply for citizenship as soon as they are eligible (after 4 years, before your 5 year travel facility expires.). Apr 9, 2020 at 10:22
  • @MichaelHampton I think many could be waiting >1 year just for their citizenship ceremony in the current circumstances... though there has been talk of a move to online ceremonies.
    – Iain
    Apr 9, 2020 at 23:14
  • @MichaelHampton I don't think there is any such expectation, and I know people who have been in Australia for >10 years as PR, typically because their country doesn't allow dual citizenship. Apr 10, 2020 at 5:31

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You will not be able to turn up at Australian immigration, because your documentation will be checked by the airline first, and you will be denied boarding for lack of a valid Australian visa.

However, as an Australian PR, you can apply for a new RRV even if your previous one has expired. You will need to demonstrate that you've been in Australia for at least 2 of the last 5 years, or that you have other "substantial ties to Australia that are of benefit to Australia".

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    I think that instead of "entry" in the second line, it'd be clearer to use the words "boarding the flight to Australia." Apr 10, 2020 at 14:58
  • @DavidSupportsMonica Good point, updated. Apr 11, 2020 at 5:30

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