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ImmiCards

ImmiCards are an official, secure immigration credential that contains a photograph and personal details such as surname, given names, date of birth and gender. ImmiCards contain a unique number which is linked to biometric and visa details in our system.

There are three ImmiCards:

  • The Evidence of Immigration Status (EIS) ImmiCard is issued to eligible Illegal Maritime Arrivals (IMA) granted a temporary visa (including Temporary Protection or Bridging visas).
  • Permanent Protection visa holders, on the grant of their visa, are eligible to order a Permanent Resident Evidence (PRE) ImmiCard online.
  • From early 2014, a Residence Determination ImmiCard (RDI) will be issued to community detainees.

Evidence of Immigration Status (EIS) ImmiCard Sample

The Evidence of Immigration Status (EIS) ImmiCard is issued to holders of the following visa subclasses:

  • subclass 050 or 051 Bridging visa E granted to Illegal Maritime Arrivals (IMA)
  • subclass 786 Temporary (Humanitarian Concern) visa
  • subclass 785 Temporary Protection visa
  • subclass 449 Humanitarian Stay (Temporary) visa holders
  • subclass 070 Bridging (Removal Pending) visa.

Permanent Resident Evidence (PRE) card Sample

Permanent Protection visa holders, on the grant of their visa, are eligible to order a Permanent Resident Evidence (PRE) ImmiCard online.
Note: ImmiCards are not issued to Class XB Refugee and Special Humanitarian Programme visa holders. Subclass 200-204 visa holders are issued a Document for Travel to Australia (DFTTA).

Residence Determination ImmiCard (RDI) Sample

The Residence Determination ImmiCard (RDI) is issued to immigration detainees accommodated in the community who are non-visaed non-citizens.

The cards include security features that align with the National Identity Security Strategy.
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Frequently asked questions about ImmiCards
Facts about the ImmiCard

What is the purpose of the ImmiCard?

ImmiCards assist the card holder to prove their visa or immigration status and enrol for services they are entitled to.

The ImmiCard is a point-in-time document that reflects the card holder's claimed identity at the time their ImmiCard was issued.

Card holders, government agencies, financial institutions, landlords and employers are able to verify the card holder's current visa status and conditions through visa entitlement verification online system known as 'VEVO'.

If you are in community detention, you will not be able to use VEVO to verify your Residence Determination ImmiCard (RDI) because you do not hold an Australian visa.

ImmiCard details can be verified through the Document Verification Service (DVS). The DVS is a national online system that confirms that the ImmiCard has not been cancelled and matches records held by Immigration systems.

Card Expiry

The ImmiCards expiry date is for administrative purposes only. Expired ImmiCards can still be used after the expiry date to verify visa status through VEVO or ImmiCard details through the DVS. ImmiCards are used by IMAs as a primary Commencement of ID document for the first 12 months while they obtain other forms of ID within that time frame.

Order an EIS ImmiCard

If you have been granted a Class XA (subclass 785) Temporary Protection visa or Class UO (subclass 786) Temporary (Humanitarian Concern) visa, you can apply for an EIS ImmiCard online.
See: Evidence of Immigration Status ImmiCard for Temporary (Protection or Humanitarian Concern) visa holders

Order a PRE ImmiCard

If you have been granted a Class XA (subclass 866) Protection visa after 23 March 2013, you can apply for a PRE ImmiCard online.
See: Permanent Resident Evidence ImmiCard

Order a replacement ImmiCard

ImmiCards can be replaced within the first 12 months of issue. Expired ImmiCards are not replaced. If you would like to replace a lost, damaged or stolen ImmiCard, you can order a replacement card online.
See: Order a Replacement ImmiCard

  

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Last reviewed Wednesday 27 August 2014