ImmiCards are official, secure immigration credentials that contain a photograph and personal details such as surname, given names, date of birth and sex. ImmiCards contain a unique number which is linked to biometric and visa details in our system.
Under the National Identity Proofing Guidelines, the ImmiCard is listed as an official Commencement of Identity credential.
The Evidence of Immigration Status ImmiCard
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.
The Evidence of Immigration Status card:
- records a card holder's claimed identity at the time of issue
- helps a card holder access services in accordance with their temporary visa conditions.
How to order an Evidence of Immigration Status ImmiCard
If you have been granted subclass 785 Temporary Protection visa, a subclass 786 Temporary (humanitarian concern) visa or a subclass 790 Safe Haven Enterprise visa you can apply for an Evidence of Immigration ImmiCard online.
Evidence of Immigration Status ImmiCard for Temporary (protection, humanitarian concern or Safe Haven Enterprise) visa holders
Permanent Resident Evidence ImmiCard
Permanent Protection visa holders, on the grant of their visa, are eligible to order a
Permanent Resident Evidence ImmiCard online.
The Permanent Resident Evidence ImmiCard:
- states a card holder's recorded identity for the purposes of granting a permanent visa
- helps a card holder access services in accordance with their permanent visa conditions.
How to order a Permanent Resident Evidence ImmiCard
If you have been granted a Class XA (subclass 866) Protection visa after 23 March 2013, you can apply for a Permanent Resident Evidence ImmiCard online.
Permanent Resident Evidence ImmiCard
Residence Determination ImmiCard
Residence Determination ImmiCard is issued to immigration detainees accommodated in the community who do not have a visa and who are not Australian citizens.
The Residence Determination ImmiCard records a card holder's claimed identity at the time of issue.
Australian Migration Status ImmiCard
Since May 2015, the department has started replacing the Document for Travel to Australia (DFTTA) with an International Civil Aviation Organization compliant Machine Readable Official Travel Document, the Australian Migration Status ImmiCard.
Australian Migration Status ImmiCards are issued mainly to Refugee and Special Humanitarian Programme (RSHP) visa holders, and a small number of non-RSHP visa holders, who do not have, or cannot obtain, a passport recognised by the Australian Government.
Australian Migration Status ImmiCards will facilitate one way travel and entry to Australia and will also be the commencement of identity credential to enrol for services and acquire future identity credentials.
The Australian Migration Status ImmiCard is a label-free travel document.
Purpose of the ImmiCard
ImmiCards are the commencement of identity credential to help card holders living in the community access government services which they might be entitled to and to acquire future identity credentials from the government and private sector. Children born in Australia are not eligible for an ImmiCard because they can obtain an Australian birth certificate.
ImmiCards assist the card holder to prove their visa or immigration status and enrol for services they are entitled to.
Individuals who have been issued a Visa Evidencing Card (PLO56) or a DFTTA can continue to use these documents to enrol for services.
Checking an ImmiCard holder's visa status
The ImmiCard number allows visa holders and registered Australian organisations to check visa entitlements and status information, including visa grant date, through the Visa Entitlement Verification Online system known as
VEVO is a free online service that gives visa holders, employers and other registered organisations easy and quick access to visa status and entitlement information 24 hours a day.
In addition to conducting VEVO checks, card holders can send employers and other organisations information about their visa status. Card holders should go to
VEVO and select "Check your own visa details with
VEVO", enter their Visa Grant Number, their ImmiCard number and their date of birth and enter, "Australia" as the country of passport/ImmiCard. Once a Visa Entitlement Check has been returned, the card holder can select "Send Email" and enter the desired e-mail address in the field provided to send their visa details (including their personal details) to a third party.
Residence Determination ImmiCards 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 details on the card match records held by immigration systems.
The ImmiCard 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 ImmiCard details through the Document Verification Service.
Order a replacement ImmiCard
Replacement cards are delivered by registered post to the card holder's residential address.
The replacement card will always be issued with the same details as the original ImmiCard.
If you would like to replace a lost, damaged or stolen ImmiCard, you can order a replacement card online.
See: Order a Replacement ImmiCard
Translated fact sheets
Translated frequently asked questions for ImmiCard holders: