Retirement Visa

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Retirement Visa

“Retirement is when you stop living at work, and start working at living.”

Retirement Visas: Do I qualify?

The Australian Retirement Visa is available to people who wish to spend some of their retirement years living in Australia. Living abroad in retirement is a wonderful experience, and many come to Australia to enjoy Australia’s warm sunshine and climate, or to spend some quality time in Australia visiting family and friends. 

The Australian Retirement Visa is available to people who wish to spend some of their retirement years living in Australia. Living abroad in retirement is a wonderful experience, and many come to Australia to enjoy Australia’s warm sunshine and climate, or to spend some quality time in Australia visiting family and friends.

To be eligible for this visa you cannot be a first-time visa applicant, unless you are a partner of an existing Retirement Visa holder, or you have not held another substantive visa since the last time you entered Australia.

If you are a former Retirement Visa (410) holder or your partner has previously visited Australia on any other substantive visa, you are not eligible to reapply for a Retirement Visa.

However, since July 2009, Retirement Visa holders can apply for a visa valid for up to 10 years from the date of the grant. Provided you meet the above criteria, you can apply for an Australian Retirement Visa whether you are inside or outside of Australia at the time of application.

The Australian Retirement Visa is only available to self-funded retirees, so there are no restrictions on how many hours you are able to work whilst in Australia.

This visa does not lead to permanent residency in Australia or to Australian citizenship, and whilst in Australia on this visa, you are not eligible for Medicare benefits regardless of any Reciprocal Health Care Agreements there may be between the Australian government and the government of your country of passport. You are also expected to maintain adequate health insurance while in Australia too.

What is the Investor Retirement Visa?

As you enter retirement you may find that you would like to invest your retirement funds to perpetuate your lifestyle and standard of living. 

Should you decide to invest into an Australian business or property while you are in Australia, the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs can offer you a temporary visa called the Investor Retirement Visa.

This is a particularly popular Australian Visa, as it allows you to remain in Australia to watch over and monitor your investment’s growth for a period of up to 4 years.

To be eligible for an Investor Retirement visa you must be 55 years or older, have no dependents other than your partner, meet the income requirements, and able to make a significant long term financial investment in Australia.

Whilst in Australia on this visa, you are allowed to work up to 40 hours per fortnight, and allow you and your partner to travel to and remain in Australia up to 4 years from the date the visa is granted.

Visa Solutions Australia can help you achieve the dream of an Australian  lifestyle.

Engaging with Visa Solutions Australia was one of the best decisions we have made since starting our operations in Australia. Expanding from the UK into Australia it was vital that we established a team who could carry our culture and expertise forward which sets us apart from our competition. They carry the same values as ourselves as they certainly put the customer first by providing timely, honest and clear advice meaning they have become a strategic partner for Waterstons The team at VSA have went above and beyond and we will be continuing our working relationship for years to come.

Matthew ThomasWaterstons

Very many thanks for this partner visa. A huge surprise at how quick this has been (just over three months after initial submission) and especially getting permanent residency as well as temporary when I didn't even realise we had gone to that stage yet!! I've been delighted with the service you and Nathalie have provided, as before with my visitor visas. Your considerable help and guidance have been invaluable, from our initial meeting in Como right through to your congratulatory phone call today. If we'd tried to apply for the visa without your involvement I'm sure we would still be struggling to make sense of what was required. I would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone with a visa requirement and will use you again if and when I need any further help.

Charles (and Tania)

Dan, I would like to thank you and your team on behalf of Alumni for the great support we have received from Visa Solutions, particularly working under rushed conditions during the holiday period. Nathalie and Lina were very patient and professional throughout in dealing with our changing circumstances and multiple requests for information and support. We would recommend Visa Solutions to others without hesitation, and are looking forward to a successful conclusion for our one remaining application.

Alix GriceAlumni Services

Thanks VSA – sounds like a win-win all round! I would like to add that this outcome could not have been achieved without your attention in this matter, firstly in your initial follow-up; and then in the detailed documents and response when requested yesterday. This is an example of the professionalism which enhances our working relationship with RMAs, and ultimately benefits our clients. Thanks again.


Firstly, me and my family are very grateful for the work and effort you extended to me during the period of the processing our Residence Visa. From the initial contact, I had been assisted wisely on the options that I have to take up to the very challenging part of securing my Chinese Police Clearance, where I described it as if I was pressed against the wall already. You were always there when I needed most of your assistance. You all put in extra effort to assist and guide me through till the goal of our visa was achieved and that makes your service a very special one.

Carlo Camon

Thanks VSA team! Excellent work and thanks for informing us immediately. Thanks for your effort all. Cheers!

Steve, Moved to Australia in 2015

VSA were a joy to work with during my migration to Australia. During the start they were kind enough to give us an understanding of the application process and the options available to us. With VSA's help I got my visa on time and without any complications!

Arnie Verghese

VSA have helped me immensely, to fulfil my dream of migrating to Australia. Working with them made the entire experience smooth, which is why I also ended up working with VSA for my partners fiancé visa.

Anjali Rajshekhar

The process is long and throughout I asked a lot of detailed questions which were answered promptly and my dedicated agent and support staff provided great guidance throughout this journey. l was provided with accurate information in a timely fashion and guidance where required. When ever I needed support my agent was on hand to help out, I could rely on my agent. My experience was, Visa Solutions has a great support team and is professionally managed. I have no reservations in recommending Visa Solutions, money well spent and suggest a chat with them to see if they can help.


You have gone above and beyond in trying to help us in our situation. We can never thank you enough, you are wonderful people and we feel overwhelmed by your kindness.


Thank you again for your excellent service and support. In my opinion you went above and beyond the norm.

Frank Zenke

Have arrived in Perth last week for my course. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for helping me getting the visa.

Elaine Lau

I would like to thank you deeply VSA for your help and was wonderful meeting you all and witnessing true professionals at work.

Mike CookVisa Solutions Australia

Thanks so much to the VSA team. You made us so happy.

Marites Wycoco

A big thanks to all the team at Visa Solutions. It's been almost two years since I first contacted the Perth office and received lots of valuable advice over the phone. I had no hesitation in using your services when the time arose, and very glad that we did. Very happy with your services and putting up with our many questions.

Michael Alley

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