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Do I need a Visa Label?
Australia’s modern electronic visa system does not require you to have a visa label placed in your passport to confirm your immigration status and entitlements in Australia.
When you check-in to fly to Australia, airline staff will use your passport to electronically confirm that you have authority to travel to Australia prior to boarding the aircraft.
See: About Your Visa
How do I get a visa label placed into my passport?
If you have received written notification from another DIAC office that your visa has been granted and that you need to obtain a visa label in your passport, you should send the following documents to the Visa Office:
your passport (containing at least one blank page)
a copy of the visa grant letter
a covering letter including the return address and your contact details in case
we need to contact you i.e. phone/email
Change of passport but valid visa in old passport
If you obtain a new passport and you have a valid visa label in your old passport you may travel to Australia with both new and your expired passport. You simply need to present your old and new passport for boarding and entry clearance. The visa label must be intact (not detached or damaged in any way).
If you have married since you last obtained your valid visa label and your new passport is in your married name, you must also provide evidence of the basis for the name change. In this example, you will need to present your old passport containing the intact, valid visa label, your new passport and your marriage certificate. After your arrival in Australia you may approach your local immigration office to have the visa transferred into your new passport.
Transferring a valid visa label into a new passport
If you wish to have your valid visa label transferred into your new passport, you should send the following documents to the Visa Office:
your new passport containing at least one blank page
your old passport containing the visa label (if you no longer have your old
passport, please provide a brief explanation why not)
a covering letter explaining what you are requesting, including the return
address and your contact details in case we need to contact you i.e.
a copy of a police report noting that your passport has been reported lost or
stolen (if applicable)
Information for Resident Return Visa holders
If you are applying for a replacement Resident Return Visa label, please see the information on our website.
See: Resident Return Visas
The form 1085 can be used to apply for a replacement label or to apply for a new Resident Return Visa if your visa is no longer valid for travel.