Full transparency and disclosure – the best policy

Posted on October 2, 2015 by Emily

An irregular immigration history can be likened to a bad credit report it can come back to bite you if you are not prepared.

A visa application can be a difficult process at the best of times, which is why most people seek the advice of an experienced immigration lawyer or migration agent. When completing your visa application it is important to ensure that all information disclosed is of a true and complete nature.

Withholding relevant and important information may harm your chances of gaining a positive outcome and further complicate your application. Not disclosing all the relevant information can lead to extensive delays in processing your application, and may even result in a refusal or cancellation of an existing visa.  

If you have had an irregular immigration history, or a visa refused/cancelled in the past, remained in Australia unlawfully or have been found to have provided false or misleading information, this could lead to a future visa refusal or cancellation.

As outlined in previous articles we have prepared, PIC 4020 can affect present and future visa applications if incorrect or misleading information or false documents were provided to the DIBP. 

PIC 4020 is a criterion that is attached as a requirement for many skilled migration, student, business skills, family and temporary visas. Before an application can be completed successfully PIC 4020 requirements must be satisfied.

According to PIC 4020, even an inadvertent error on a visa application can determine a refusal on the grounds of PIC 4020. Extreme care should be taken and advice sought. It is essential to use an experienced Immigration Lawyer to ensure that the application meets validity requirements and is not subject to PIC 4020 and has good prospects in meeting the visa approval criteria.

Changes brought about on 1 July 2015 have made the visa application process a costly experience. You must be certain that all information provided to the Department is of a true nature and has been fully disclosed as it can be very costly and difficult to make further applications.

Immigration law is fast-paced, complex and constantly changing. This makes it imperative to have the right help when completing your application. Immigration Solutions Lawyers is led by accredited specialist Anne O’Donoghue who has over 22 years of experience in the industry. The legal team at ISL are experienced in dealing with complicated matters and will do their best obtain a positive outcome for each and every case.

An irregular immigration history can be likened to a bad credit report it can come back to bite you if you are not prepared. Be proactive not reactive and get advice to resolve this

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To read our article on are you getting the right immigration help click here.

To read our article the real issues affecting your visa application – the importance of notification click here.