VEVO – Verifying your visa

Notary certificate and Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)

On 1 September 2015, the Australian Government stopped issuing visa labels for Australian visas in favour of issuing electronic visas. All visa records are now stored in a central database which enables online checking of visa details by visa holders, registered Australian organisations and airline staff. The online checking of visa details is known as Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).

As a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney, we are often asked by clients to verify their visa status so that they can prove their Australian residency overseas. In addition to notarising visa labels as part of the passport, we can also verify visa information through VEVO and notarise the search results or provide confirmation that the information obtained through VEVO is consistent with other supporting documentation (ie, passport).

Our access through VEVO is limited compared to what you may be able to obtain through your own access, but contains enough information to be able to identify the passport number and the residency status. We can then compare that information with the passport of the relevant passport holder allowing us to verify the information generally associated with the passport or with the visa. Notarising your visa information will generally involve issuing a notary certificate which will include information about the visa obtained through VEVO, copies of the search results (if necessary) and certified copies of the passport.

(Be aware that some foreign governments are ‘sensitive’ about how their own documents are treated and will not accept copies of ‘their’ passports being notarised in Australia. Those foreign governments may reject any documents containing notarised copies of passports being attached to a notary certificate).

You should always check whether this information (in the absence of any other information) will be suitable, sufficient or acceptable in the intended destination country. If you are unsure, please obtain advice and guidance from a suitably qualified lawyer in that country.

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Do you have any questions regarding this article?

If you have never had to have a document notarised before, you may find our role as a notary public, the notary public services that we provide, and this whole process (especially authentication, legalisation and apostille) to be confusing and daunting. Do not worry! We are here to try to simplify it, make it easy for you to understand, and to guide you or assist you with achieving your desired goal.

Please contact us or visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information regarding this article or our notary public services.

Click here to see the flowchart that we created to help you understand the process regarding notarisation, apostille, authentication and legalisation.

So, what next?

If you are now ready to proceed with having your document notarised, please visit our Notary Fees page for a FREE quote on our notary public services or just call us on 02 9687 8885 and speak to our friendly staff about your requirements.

Why choose Phang Legal for your notary public services?

We are a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney known for our low-cost fixed fee notary services, our availability to provide notary public services on short notice, and our focus on personal and timely notary public services. With our offices conveniently located in Parramatta, the geographic centre of the Sydney metropolitan area, our notary public assists clients from across all suburbs of Sydney and beyond.

Ern Phang, Notary Public


Notary Public

This website is maintained by Phang Legal, an incorporated legal practice in Parramatta and a leading provider of notary public services to clients across Sydney. Extensive experience and low-cost fixed prices ensures quality services and satisfied clients.

is the solicitor director of Phang Legal and a notary public. Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public and the kinds of issues faced by his clients in sending documents overseas.

All information contained in this article is for general purposes only and correct as at the time of publication. You should only rely on information and advice that is specific to your situation and current at the time you wish to rely on it.

Posted: 2016-12-05 07:00:18 / Last edited: 2018-05-26 15:09:10