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  • Foreign passport holders, permanent migrants and temporary visitors – TFN application

    Foreign passport holders, permanent migrants and temporary visitors can apply for a tax file number (TFN) online. You must already be in Australia.

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    Who can apply

    To work in Australia, temporary visitors and permanent migrants need authorisation (a valid visa) from the Department of Home Affairs.

    You can apply for a TFN if you meet all the following three conditions:

    1. You are a foreign passport holder, permanent migrant or temporary visitor.
    2. You are already in Australia.
    3. Your visa is one of the following   
      • a permanent resident visa
      • a visa with work rights
      • an overseas student visa
      • a visa allowing you to stay in Australia indefinitely (including New Zealanders automatically granted a visa on arrival).

    To apply online you must have a valid passport or relevant travel documents. If you don't have a valid visa, you can't apply for a TFN.

    You don't need to send documents to us.

    Apply online for a TFN

    Processing your TFN application

    Once you have completed your application online, we will post your TFN to the Australian postal address on your application. 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.

    When you receive your TFN it's important that you keep your TFN and all your personal information secure to prevent identity theft and fraud.

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    If you already have a TFN

    If you already have a TFN, you can also complete the online application if you:

    • want to know what your TFN is
    • want a copy of your TFN notice
    • need to confirm your identity details with the ATO.

    Valid visas

    Valid working visas include:

    • Working holiday makers (subclass 417)
    • Entertainment (subclass 420)
    • Sport (subclass 421)
    • Work and holiday makers (subclass 462).

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    Asylum seekers may use a bridging visa, and their passport or travel document number will be their ImmiCard number. For previous identification cards the passport or travel document number will be PLO56 or PL56.

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    Last modified: 12 Aug 2020QC 22606