This information is only for former holders of Norfolk Island immigration permits, or their dependent children, who apply for a Subclass 808 visa.
The Confirmatory (Residence) visa (subclass 808) is a permanent visa for non-citizens in Norfolk Island who held a Norfolk Island Immigration permit under the repealed Norfolk Island
Immigration Act 1980, or their dependent children.
If you are eligible for this visa, you will need to submit your visa application before 1 January 2024, unless there are compelling reasons for granting the visa.
For detailed information about transitional visa arrangements on 1 July 2016 for non-citizens in Norfolk Island refer to
Only Australian citizens have an automatic right of entry to Australia. All non-citizens need a visa that allows them to enter and remain in Australia.
What this visa lets you do
The Subclass 808 visa is a permanent visa. It lets you live and work in Australia as a permanent resident. You can travel to and from Australia for five years from the date it is granted. After this, the travel facility on your visa expires and you will need to apply for, and be granted, another permanent visa - for example a
Resident Return visa (subclass 155) visa (RRV) - if you want to leave Australia and return as a
Before you apply
You need a valid passport. If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. You might be able to update your passport details using
The visa application charges are listed in
Fees and charges.
If you are granted a Subclass 808 visa, you will cease to hold your current visa.
Who could get this visa
If you are a former holder of a Norfolk Island immigration permit, you might be able to be granted this visa if:
- on 30 June 2016, you held any of the following permits granted under the repealed Norfolk Island
Immigration Act 1980:
- a temporary entry permit (TEP)
- a general entry permit (GEP)
- an unrestricted entry permit ( UEP)
- on 30 June 2016, you did not hold a TEP, GEP or UEP but at any time prior to 30 June 2016, you held a UEP and were ordinarily resident in Norfolk Island at that time.
If you are a dependent child of a former holder of a TEP, GEP or UEP, you might be able to be granted this visa if:
- on or before 30 June 2016, you were born outside Norfolk Island and you did
not hold a TEP, GEP or UEP
- on 30 June 2016, you were a dependent child of:
- a parent, other than an adoptive parent, who held a TEP, GEP or UEP on 30 June 2016, or a dependent child of any of these persons
- a parent who did not hold a TEP, GEP or UEP on 30 June 2016, but at any time before 30 June 2016 held a UEP and was ordinarily resident in Norfolk Island at that time, or a dependent child of this person.
You must have remained lawfully in Norfolk Island for five of the seven years immediately before applying for this visa.
If you have not been lawfully present in Norfolk Island for that period, you might still be eligible to meet this residence requirement if you are, or have been, living elsewhere in Australia for the purpose of study, and during that time all of the following apply:
- you have not turned 25
- you are a dependent child of a person who is ordinarily resident of Norfolk Island
- while living there you meet, or met, the requirements of
condition 8105 relating to students engaging in work.
If you are eligible to apply for a Subclass 808 visa you might need to provide evidence of your length of residency on Norfolk Island.
If you are a dependent child, you might be able to be granted this visa as a secondary applicant if all of the following apply:
- you were born in Australia on or after 1 July 2016
- you are a dependent child of a parent who is a former holder of a Norfolk Island Immigration permit mentioned above, or a dependent child of such a person
- you made a combined application with your parent’s application.
As a secondary applicant, you do not need to meet the requirement of being lawfully present in Norfolk Island for five of the seven years immediately before lodging your application with your parent.
If you give birth to a child in Australia, you must tell us as soon as possible. To do this:
Outside Australia: if your child is born outside Australia and either parent is an Australian citizen at the time of your child's birth, the child might be eligible for
Australian citizenship by descent.
In Australia: if your child is born in Australia, they are automatically granted the same visa you and your partner hold at the time of the child's birth. If either parent is an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident at the time of the child's birth, the child might be an Australian citizen by birth.
For more information, see: Including family members in your application.
Character and Police Certificate requirements
Applicants for this visa must be of good character and will be assessed against the character test provided for in section 501 of the
Migration Act 1958.
As part of your Subclass 808 visa application, you might be required to provide a police clearance certificate or other evidence to satisfy the character test requirements. A visa can be refused or cancelled where you do not declare your criminal history or where you do not pass the character requirements.
You must meet certain
health requirements. The health examinations you need will depend on your personal circumstances, including your intended activities in Australia. The results of your health examinations are generally valid for 12 months.
How to apply
You can be in or outside of Australia when you make your application, and when we decide your application.
Prepare your documents
You need to provide documents to prove the claims you make in the application. The documents are listed in the Document checklist.
Some documents could take some time to obtain. You should have them ready when you lodge the application to reduce any delays in processing.
You must provide documents to support your application for this visa. Use the
Confirmatory (Residence) visa (subclasses 808) - document checklist to make sure your application is complete.
Lodge your application by post or in person
Complete the following application form to apply for this visa.
You can lodge your Subclass 808 visa application using one of the following methods:
Norfolk Island Visa Application|
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
GPO Box 9984
Sydney NSW 2001.
Norfolk Island Visa Application|
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
26 Lee Street
Sydney NSW 2000.
You can pay by credit card, bank cheque or money order made payable to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
preparing your application, preparing your application, for information on certifying and translating documents into English, communicating with us, using a migration agent, authorising another person to receive information from us, and receiving assistance with your application.
After you have applied
After you have lodged your application and documents, we will acknowledge that we have received your information.
You can track and manage your application using
ImmiAccount. If you applied by paper application you can import your application into
Wait for a decision
visa processing times for each visa.
Your application could take longer if you need character checks, if you need to provide more information, or if your application is incomplete.
If you apply for this visa from outside Australia, do not make arrangements to travel to Australia until you are advised in writing that you have been granted a visa. Wait for a decision from us before you leave your job, sell your home or book your travel.
If you apply for this visa in Australia, you could be eligible for a Bridging visa that allows you to stay in Australia lawfully while your application is processed. If you are granted a
Bridging visa A (BVA), you can apply for a
Bridging visa B (BVB) to travel outside Australia while you wait for a decision.
Provide more information
You can provide more information to us, at any time until a decision is made on the application. If you want to correct information you provided, use
Form 1023 Notification of incorrect answer(s) (99KB PDF).
We could also ask you for more information. You will have to respond by a set date. After that date, we might be able to make a decision about your application using the information available.
You can provide additional information after you make your visa application, including a completed Form 1023, using
If another person gives us information that could result in you being refused a visa, we will usually give you the opportunity to comment on the information.
You might also be interviewed. If you are asked to attend an interview in person, bring your passport or other identification and any requested documents to the interview.
Report changes in circumstances
If you get a new passport you should let us know so we can link it to your visa.
You can use Form 929 - Change of address and/or passport details (86KB PDF) — if you move to a new address or change your passport.
You might be able to update your address and passport details using
If you do not provide us with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and might be denied permission to board your plane.
Withdrawing your application
You can withdraw the application at any time before we make a decision about it. To do this, send us a letter or email to ask for the withdrawal. Your request must include your full name and date of birth. You should also include your file reference number, client ID, or a Transaction Reference Number.
All applicants 18 years of age or older, who want to withdraw, must sign the request for withdrawal.
If the visa is granted, we will let you know:
- when you can use the visa
- the visa grant number
- any conditions attached to the visa.
If the visa is not granted, we will let you know:
- why the visa was refused
- your review rights (if any)
- the time limit for seeking review.