At Down Under Visa we take mistakes in documents very seriously. We have to! Our job is to manage your Australian visa application, and to see you get a visa grant and be on your way to Australia. Mistakes in documents can lead to serious delays, or worse! If the Case Officer in the Australian Embassy in Manila considers you have made false statements or submitted bogus documents (fake documents) then your visa application may be refused! You may also face a 3 year ban, or even a 10 year ban if they cannot establish your identity.
For this reason we have staff members who do nothing but scrutinise your documents for errors and inconsistencies.
Sometimes we have clients with multiple mistakes. Wrong dates. Wrong spellings of names. Wrong places of birth. Or incorrect factual information. Sometimes every document they give us has several mistakes on it. Some of these are simple to fix, but others can take many months to fix properly. And when I say “properly”, I mean NOT to get the “fixer” to do a dodgy repair-job on your documents which will only make matters worse!
How do our clients react to bad news about their documents?
Everyone is disappointed, of course. You think that this will be a walk in the park, and suddenly you’re faced with the bad news that you have documents full of mistakes, and you hear that this will set you back for months! No one is ever happy to hear this, obviously.
Some handle it very well, and get on with the task of sorting it out. Others? Not so well. Some lash out, and we end up being the recipients of their frustration. And whilst you could almost say we are used to it, it wears us down emotionally some days. We didn’t cause the mistakes, and we’re just trying to do our job. If these applications went through without these things being identified then the end result would be much worse than having to fix the mistakes before the application is lodged, let me assure you!
Most, happy to say, will get on with the task of repairing the damage, and most will do it the proper way. No fun for you and no fun for us, but that’s the way it is.
What’s the worst thing you can do?
Getting a “fixer” is definitely the worst thing you can do. You WILL get caught!
And then we get the occasional client who thinks they can bypass the problem, and they go off and lodge the application themselves inside Australia instead of here in the Philippines. They think that it’s either Down Under Visa and Jeff Harvie who are picking on them, or maybe Manila Embassy is excessively tough. And in some cases they find another Migration Agent who lacks experience with Philippines applications who tells them that it will be OK as it is, and that they can lodge it for them with no issues at all.
Not a wise move! The Migration Regulations and Regulation 4020 (aka PIC 4020 or Public Interest Criteria 4020) apply regardless of where the application is lodged. The overseas posts have the experience with the local scenes in their particular countries, and if the Case Officer in the Australian DIBP (Department of Immigration and Border Protection) will refer to his Manila counterparts if clarification is needed. So it will catch up with you!