ImmiCards

The ImmiCard:

  • is an official Commencement of Identity document that can help certain visa holders access government services in Australia
  • is an official travel document when issued offshore, assisting eligible visa holders to travel to and enter Australia for the first time
  • is an alternative option for some permanent residents who arrived in Australia before 1990, who do not have an electronic visa record, and do not have and cannot obtain a passport to access Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) system.

Evidence of Immigration Status ImmiCard

Australian Government Evidence of Immigration Status

The Evidence of Immigration Status ImmiCard is issued to:

  • holders of the following visa subclasses:
    • subclass 050 or 051 Bridging visa E granted to Illegal Maritime Arrivals
    • subclass 070 Bridging (removal pending) visa
    • subclass 449 Humanitarian Stay (temporary) visa holders
    • subclass 785 Temporary Protection visa
    • subclass 786 Temporary (humanitarian concern) visa
    • subclass 790 Safe Haven Enterprise visa
    • subclass 866 Permanent Protection visa.
  • undocumented immigration detainees living in the community who do not have a visa
  • previous holders of Documents For Travel To Australia (DFTTA) or Visa Evidence Cards (PLO56) as a replacement of their paper documents
  • eligible permanent residents who arrived in Australia before 1990, do not have an electronic visa record, and do not have and cannot obtain a passport to access VEVO.

Australian Migration Status ImmiCard

Australian Migration Status Australian Government ImmiCard

Australian Migration Status (AMS) ImmiCards are issued mainly to Refugee and Special Humanitarian Programme (RSHP) visa holders before they travel to Australia. They are also issued to a small number of other visa holders outside Australia, who cannot use, or do not have and cannot obtain, a passport recognised by the Australian Government.

The AMS ImmiCard is an official International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) compliant travel document, allowing eligible visa holders to travel to and enter Australia for the first time.

In Australia it is used as an official, verifiable Commencement of Identity document that can be used to access government services.

For more information about the AMS ImmiCard please see the Fact Sheet in your language below.

Permanent Resident Evidence ImmiCard

The Permanent Residence Evidence ImmiCard is no longer be issued. Permanent Protection visa holders are able to order an Evidence of Immigration Status ImmiCard online when their visa is granted.

Permanent Residence Evidence ImmiCards issued before 1 July 2017 can continue to be accepted if verified online.

Australian Government Permanent Resident Evidence

Residence Determination ImmiCard

The Residence Determination ImmiCard is no longer issued. Immigration detainees living in the community who do not have a visa will be issued with an Evidence of Immigration Status ImmiCard.

Residence Determination ImmiCards issued before 1 July 2017 can continue to be accepted if verified online. The Residence Determination ImmiCard records a card holder's claimed identity at the time of issue.

Australian Government Residence Determination

Purpose of the ImmiCard

Everyone who visits or lives in Australia needs to be able to prove who they are. To access certain services, government agencies are required under the National Identity Proofing Guidelines to use online verification systems to check a person's Commencement of Identity in Australia. For most foreign nationals a passport will allow them to do this.

The ImmiCard is an official Commencement of Identity document that can be used as an alternative to a passport for people who cannot use, or do not have, and cannot obtain one. The ImmiCard can assist card holders to access VEVO and prove their visa status in Australia, or to establish their identity here. ImmiCards are issued in place of the following documents no longer issued by the Department:

  • Certificate of Evidence of Resident Status
  • Document for Travel to Australia (DFTTA)
  • Visa Evidence Card (PLO56).

Checking an ImmiCard holder's visa status

The ImmiCard allows visa holders and registered Australian organisations to check visa status and conditions at any time through the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) system.

VEVO is a free online service that gives visa holders, employers and other registered organisations easy and quick access to visa status and conditions 24 hours a day.

ImmiCards issued to immigration detainees living in the community are not verifiable through VEVO because community detainees do not have an Australian visa.

Validating ImmiCard details

ImmiCards can be verified through the Document Verification Service. This is a secure, national, real-time, online system that allows Australian government agencies and registered organisations to confirm that an ImmiCard has not been cancelled and that the identity details on the card match records held by the Department.

Card expiry​

ImmiCards are issued with a three year expiry date. They are not automatically renewed on expiry because the expiry date is not linked to the card holder's visa, and expired ImmiCards can still be used to verify visa status through VEVO or the Document Verification Service.

However because ImmiCards may not be accepted by third party organisations, clients are able to request replacement of their expired card online.

​Correcting the personal information on an ImmiCard

If you believe the personal information on your ImmiCard is incorrect, you can ask us to review it.

See: Request to correct the personal information on my ImmiCard​

ImmiCard fees and charges

ImmiCards are generally issued free of charge to new Humanitarian visa holders, unaccompanied minors and where a card holder's personal details are corrected due to an error.

For any other new or replacement ImmiCards a fee will usually be required. You will be able to check whether you need to pay a fee before you apply. For information on current pricing see the Fees and Charges page.

How to apply for an ImmiCard

Translated fact sheets

Translated frequently asked questions for ImmiCard holders:

Important Information