The permanent visa that you have been granted includes a return travel facility which allows you to travel in and out of Australia as a permanent resident for a period of five years from the date it was granted. As your passport is not held in this office your visa label has not been issued at this time. The grant of the visa may be evidenced at any office of Immigration upon presentation of this letter and your valid passport.
Resident Return Visa (RRV)
Once the initial permission to travel and return to Australia ceases, you will need to apply for a Resident Return Visa (RRV) if you wish to travel overseas and return to Australia as a permanent resident. An RRV is the label that is placed in your passport which identifies you as a permanent resident at immigration clearance on return to Australia. It is evidence of your permission to enter Australia after absences overseas and to resume residence. Eligibility for an RRV is generally based on the amount of time you have spent in Australia as a permanent resident, although there are some concessions for people who cannot meet the residential requirements. If you depart Australia without an RRV, or it expires while you are overseas and you are not eligible for a further RRV, you will lose your right to return to Australia as a permanent resident. Australian Citizenship
The eligibility requirements for Australian Citizenship changed on 1 July 2007. For further information you can read about current eligibility requirements at: http://www.citizenship.gov.au/applying/application-process/eligible.htm
As you know, new migrants to Australia must wait two years before they can receive most social security income support payments. "Income support" is government welfare assistance that is enough to live on. The payments with a waiting period include unemployment and sickness benefits, Austudy income support payments for students and a number of other payments.
Special Benefit is the only form of government welfare assistance which might be payable to people during the two year waiting period. However, special benefit is only available to new migrants on a very restricted basis - that is, if there has been a substantial change in circumstances beyond the person's control. Inability to find employment or running out of money are not sufficient reasons to qualify for Special Benefit.
The two year waiting period does not apply to Refugees and Humanitarian entrants and their immediate family members (partners and dependent children). Permanent visa holders who are immediate family members (partners and dependent children) of Australian citizens, or of people who have been permanent residents for at least two years, are exempt from the waiting period for some payments.
Information on the waiting period is included in the form 'Settlement information for migrants to Australia' (form 994I). For further information you can also telephone Centrelink, the agency that makes social security payments, on 13 2468 from anywhere in Australia for the cost of a local call.
You can also call Centrelink's Multilingual Telephone Information Service which can give you information in your own language about social security payments. This service can be contacted from anywhere in Australia, for the cost of a local call on 13 1202.
Medicare Health Services
Migrants generally have immediate access to Medicare health services. If you would like further information on Medicare, including the nearest centre to register for assistance, you can ring 13 2011 from anywhere in Australia.
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