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Permanent resident

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Proof of permanent residence​

To prove permanent resident status you can use VEVO​ to:

  • email or print out your status or
  • give permission for an organisation or government agency to perform a VEVO​​​​ check.
  • You are able to do this as long as your visa is linked to your passport or Immicard.

    An electronic record of your permanent visa may be required to prove your Australian permanent resident status, for example, where you are seeking to:

    • claim Medicare and Centrelink benefits
    • obtain employment
    • apply for a foreign passport.

     You may also use this record to ensure you have the right to re-enter Australia as a permanent resident, if seeking to travel outside of Australia.​

    Foreign governments in Australia cannot register for VEVO​​​. If you are asked by a foreign embassy or consulate to provide evidence of your visa status:

    • perform a VEVO​​ check and
    • e-mail your visa status to the embassy or consulate directly from VEVO​​.​

    Requesting an electronic record of your permanent visa

    You may not have an electronic record of your visa if your last arrival was before 1990. You can use one of the below forms to have your permanent visa recorded electronically. Each form below provides an explanation on who can use it. The form you use will depend on your circumstances and immigration history. If you do not fall into one of these scenarios and you attempt to use one of these forms, we will not process your request. We will instead direct you to the Department’s help and support Contact Us page.

    Before considering using one of these forms, check that you do not already have an electronic record of your visa by using VEVO.

    If you already have an electronic visa record but you need to link that record to a new passport, do not use one of these forms. Instead go to You have a new passport​.

    Before completing this form, follow the steps outlined on the Requesting an electronic record of your permanent visa – help page​​. This will ensure you have all the required information and supporting documents to help you complete the form.


    Request for an electronic visa record of your permanent visa

    Use this form if you meet all of the following:
    • You last entered Australia before 1990 as a permanent visa holder and do not have an electronic visa record but need one
    • You are not the holder of an Authority to Return or Return Endorsement issued between 1 March 1976 and 31 December 1986

    Request for Authority to Return or Return Endorsement (Transitional (Permanent) visa) to be recorded as a BF-111 visa.

    Use this form if you meet all of the following:
    • You are the holder of an Authority to Return or Return Endorsement which was issued between 1 March 1976 and 31 December 1986 by way of a wet stamp in your old passport and you would like to have it recorded in the Department's current electronic systems as a BF-111 visa
    • You have never departed and remained outside Australia for more than three consecutive years after you were issued an Authority to Return or a Return Endorsement
    • You have never been granted any substantive visa since 1 September 1994. This does not include the granting of:
      • an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) (Subclass 956, 976, 977, or 601) visa granted on or after 1 July 2002
      • a Border (Subclass 773) visa granted on or after 1 July 2002
      • a Visitor (Subclass 600) visa granted under the Business Visitor stream in conjunction with APEC Business Card
      • a Special Purpose visa