Harsher exclusion periods for trying to fake your way into Australia

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Harsher exclusion periods for trying to fake your way into Australia


DIBP introduced Public Interest Criterion 4020 in 2013, which enables refusal of a visa if an applicant provides a bogus document or information that is false and or misleading in relation to their particular application, or if the Minister is not satisfied of an applicant’s identity.

The department has increased the period in which previous instances of fraud can be considered from 12 months to 10 years, for any visa applied for on or after 18 November 2017.

There are two kinds of people that will be effected by this; those trying to game the system and those who think they are lodging their applications the right way. The first group is simple enough, but I’ll elaborate on the latter.

Even if you have done everything the department has asked of you, you still might be vulnerable to 4020 if the authenticity of some documents are questionable. I’ve experience this myself, both with various clients throughout the years, and even in my own migration story as detailed in ‘Avoid The Migration Minefield

Classic examples are Birth Certificates. Let’s face it, administrative staff at Philippine Government agencies aren’t as diligent as they should be. If there is an error, do not just rush out and get a fixer to ‘fix it’. It’s becomes a BOGUS document and earns you a 10 year ban from entering Australia.

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Thank you and as always MABUHAY!

November 30, 2017