This bogus document problem is that a Case Officer from the Department of Immigration believes that you have deliberately tried to mislead them eg. using fake documents or fake paperwork. Immigration is aware that false documents or false paperwork is often provided to them. Visa applicants do this with the intention to secure a more favourable immigration outcome.
Bogus Documents, Types of PIC 4020 Problems
There are two types of bogus documents that result in a Public Interest Criteria 4020 problem.
The first type relates to deception in terms of “identity”, and the second type relates to deception of other facts like skills, health, character and most commonly, work experience.
Bogus Document Definition
A bogus document is a false document.
A bogus document is one that looks as though its been issued by someone when in fact it hasn’t been issued by that person at all or is counterfeit or has been altered in an unauthorised way or has been obtained under false pretences.
PIC 4020 Approaches To Fixing The Problem
Did you in fact mislead Immigration? If it is alleged that you have provided false documents or statements, there are two approaches that should be pursued.
The first approach is to challenge the allegation made by the DIBP and clarify that you in fact provided NO false documents or statements, within the meaning of PIC 4020. There are strict deadlines for this to be done and if this approach is to be taken, you must act quickly.
The second approach is to argue that even if that was the case (i.e. you in fact had provided false documents or materials), the nature and extent of the circumstances are such that PIC 4020 is nevertheless met – The argument is that the fact that false documents or materials were provided should be of little or no consequence in the grander scheme of things. The interests of Australian citizens and permanent residents may also be relevant in some cases.
PIC 4020 Consequences – So What?
Those refused a visa because they are suspected of providing bogus documents or false or misleading information in the three (3) years before they lodge a visa will need to provide reasons as to why the visa they have applied for should be granted.
This is especially the case if the visa they apply for includes PIC 4020 as an essential criterion to be satisfied. Most visas now have this criterion.
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