Permanent visas


'Permanent' or 'resident' visas allow the holder to remain in Australia indefinitely. Holders of permanent visas are 'Australian residents' for the purposes of SSAct section 7(2).

The Department of Home Affairs will provide a visa grant notification letter to each person granted a visa. This letter explains visa conditions, including the visa period and travel entitlements.

Example of visa notification letter issued by Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Resident status

While online verification is the most common method of confirming immigration or resident status, you may come across some old style visa evidences. These old visa evidences can be imprints or stick-in labels different in size, shape and colour from the present ones. On these resident status was evidenced with any of the 3 stamps below. The stamps, which appear on travel documents including passports, indicate that the holder was granted permanent resident status on the date shown on the stamp.

Permanent Residence Stamps

Persons who are granted permanent resident status in Australia can obtain from the Department of Home Affairs a 'Certificate of Evidence of Residence Status' if they have no other proof of their status. The information in the certificate is current only at the date of issue.

Act reference: SSAct section 7(2) An Australian resident is a person who …

Last reviewed: 12 August 2019