False statements and bogus documents in Australian visa applications are something we come across far too often at Down Under Visa.
Public Interest Criteria 4020 is part of the Migration Regulations (Cth) 1994, and is the law that covers:
- False or misleading statements or information
- Bogus documents
I think you’ve all read my few articles on the Down Under Visa BLOG Page about the risks in making false statements and submitting bogus documents (PIC 4020). Any logical person knows that this is fraud, and especially knows that Australian Government Departments take a dim view of this. Some countries have a fairly relaxed attitude and a certain “moral flexibility”, however Australia is not one of those countries. And the Immigration people are no exception.
One of the problems in the Philippines is that it is difficult for the average Aussie to get their head around bogus documents, because Aussies are not used to this. We’ve seen movies where forgers are men in long coats who hold their meetings in dark alleys. If your Filipina wife or fiancée did not have a meeting down by the waterfront in a dark alley, then the paperwork must be just fine! She got it from the Government office, so surely it must be the real deal! Continue reading
Third-World countries have long had a problem with the proliferation of fake official documents, and the tendency to be “morally flexible”. It’s not a put-down. It’s a side-effect of human cultures being highly diverse. We don’t always look at the same things in the same way. It happens that in countries like the Philippines there are plenty of people who will offer fake documents as a speedy solution. And people are not necessarily so fanatical about getting facts right. Continue reading
Australian visa applications are serious business! At Down Under Visa we’re not just filling out routine paperwork. Your future and the future of your nearest and dearest hangs in the balance, and we know this very well. We may very well manage hundreds and hundreds of visa applications, but each one is like our baby. It matters! So we don’t treat mistakes lightly!
More often than not, mistakes happen through misunderstandings. You ask a question, and I answer. Hopefully you get it, but maybe you don’t quite. Over the phone it’s even worse. This is the reason why we insist on issues concerning your case be in writing, ie. by email! We receive the question, and we have time to consider it. And you have time to digest the answer. And we all have records we can check back on. Continue reading