ImmiCards

The ImmiCard:

  • is an official Commencement of Identity (COI) document that can help certain visa holders access government services in Australia
  • is an official travel document when issued offshore, assisting visa holders to travel to and enter Australia for the first time
  • is an alternative option for some permanent visa holders who do not have, or cannot use or obtain, a passport and are unable to use the 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
  • permanent residents who do not have, or cannot use or obtain, a passport and are unable to use the VEVO system.

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. They are also used by a small number of other visa holders who do not have, or cannot obtain, a passport recognised by the Australian Government.

The AMS ImmiCard is an official International Civil Aviation Organization compliant Travel Document issued offshore, allowing visa holders to travel to and enter Australia for the first time. 

In Australia it is used as an official Commencement of Identity (COI) document that can be verified to access government services.

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

Permanent Resident Evidence ImmiCard

From 1 July 2017 the Permanent Residence Evidence ImmiCard will no longer be issued. Permanent Protection visa holders will be 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

From 1 July 2017 the Residence Determination ImmiCard will no longer be 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 government services, agencies are required under the National Identity Proofing Guidelines to check a person’s Commencement of Identity (COI) using online verification systems.  For non-citizens, most people present their passport to do this.

The ImmiCard is an official COI document that can be used as an alternative option for people who do not have, or cannot use or obtain, a passport. The ImmiCard can assist card holders to establish their identity or to prove their visa status in Australia. 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

Details shown on the ImmiCard allow visa holders and registered Australian organisations to check visa status and conditions 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 (DVS). This is a secure, national, real-time online system that allows Australian government agencies and registered organisations to confirm that the 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 3 year expiry date. The expiry date is not linked to the card holder's visa. Expired ImmiCards can still be used after the expiry date to verify visa status through VEVO or the Document Verification Service. However, clients are able to replace their expired card online.

Order a replacement ImmiCard

ImmiCard holders who need to replace a lost or expired ImmiCard can order a replacement card online. See: Order a Replacement ImmiCard

Evidence of status in Australia

Eligible visa holders who do not have, or cannot use or obtain, a passport can apply for an Evidence of Immigration Status ImmiCard. See:  Evidence of Immigration Status ImmiCard

​Correcting the personal information on an ImmiCard

If an ImmiCard holder believes the personal information on their ImmiCard is incorrect, card holders can request the Department to correct it. ​See: Request to correct the personal information on my ImmiCard​.

ImmiCard fees and charges

Anyone who is granted a Humanitarian visa will receive their first ImmiCard free of charge. Unaccompanied Minors are also exempt from any ImmiCard fees.

If you believe the information on your ImmiCard is incorrect and the Department agrees to correct your personal details, a replacement ImmiCard will be issued free of charge.

For any other new or replacement ImmiCard a fee will usually apply. For information on current fees and charges see the Fees and Charges page.

Translated fact sheets

Translated frequently asked questions for ImmiCard holders:

Important Information