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  • Online TFN registration – permanent migrants and temporary visitors

    Use the online Individual Auto-registration (IAR) system to apply for a TFN if you are a:

    • foreign passport holder
    • permanent migrant
    • temporary visitor.

    You must already be in Australia to apply.

    For information on who can apply using this form, see Foreign passport holders, permanent migrants and temporary visitors – TFN application.

    To apply online go to, iar.ato.gov.auExternal Link. Applying should take about 20 minutes.

    If this application is temporarily unavailable, you will see a 'Site under maintenance' message. We recommend you try again later.

    Steps to complete your online application

    Follow the steps below to complete your online application:

    Step 1: Prepare your information

    You will need the following information when you apply:

    • passport or travel document number
    • country of origin of your passport or travel document (the nationality country on your visa)
    • names (exactly as they are printed on your passport or travel document)
    • any other names you use or are known by
    • date of birth (exactly as printed on your passport or travel document)
    • spouse details
    • existing TFN, Australian business number (ABN) or Centrelink Customer Reference Number (CRN)
    • residential and postal addresses (your postal address must be in Australia)
    • contact details (phone number and email address).

    Step 2: Complete the application

    Each screen contains information and questions you need to complete. To move between each screen, complete the questions then use the Next or Previous navigation button at the bottom of each screen.

    You can select Help in the green banner at the top of each screen for further instructions on how to complete the application fields.

    To start the online applicationExternal Link:

    • read the first two pages
    • select Next to be taken to the Travel documentation details screen.

    Travel documentation details screen

    Provide your:

    • passport or travel document number
    • passport country of origin (this must match the nationality country on your visa).

    Personal details screen

    Provide your:

    • name (this must match your passport or travel documents)
    • date of birth (this must match your passport or travel documents)
    • gender
    • spouse details.

    Existing TFN, ABN or CRN information screen

    Tell us if you:

    • have previously applied for or have a TFN or ABN in your name
    • have previously lodged a tax return in Australia
    • own property or have business interests in Australia
    • are a Services Australia customer and have authorised Centrelink to receive your TFN from the ATO.

    Address details screen

    Provide your:

    • Australian postal address (this is where your TFN notification letter will be sent)
    • current home address (this can't be a post office box number).

    Note: Make sure you use the correct format for the address you are entering. If you are entering the address of a unit, place the:

    • unit number before the slash (/)
    • building number after the slash (/).

    We may use these address details to contact you as well as send notices and correspondence about your taxation affairs.

    Contact details screen

    Provide your:

    • phone number (this can be a mobile number)
    • email address.

    We may use these details to contact you. We will also send notices and correspondence about your taxation affairs.

    Note: You can provide details of another person we can contact for further information about your application.

    Declaration screen

    Before submitting your application:

    • confirm the information in your application is true and correct
    • make sure you read the information on this screen. Select the Submit button to finish your application. This will take you to the Transaction complete screen.

    Step 3: Keep a record of your reference number

    When your application is submitted, you will receive an application reference number on the Transaction complete screen. Write down this number as it is important for keeping track of your application.

    How you will be notified of your TFN

    Once we have processed your application, we will send a TFN notification letter to the Australian postal address you have provided on the form. This can take up to 28 days. We appreciate your patience during the processing period. To prevent delays in processing your application, don't lodge another application. If you haven't received your TFN notice after 28 days, contact us.

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    Last modified: 18 Sep 2020QC 16725