PIC 4020 – A Guide To Bogus Documents And False or Misleading Information Problems [Updated 2020]

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What Is Bogus Document?

This bogus document problem is that a DIBP Case Officer believes that you have deliberately tried to mislead them. For example by using fake documents or fake paperwork. Immigration is aware that false documents or false paperwork are 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 the 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 the DIBP alleges that you provided false documents or statements, you can pursue two approaches.

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 so must act quickly to take this approach.

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.

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PIC 4020 Bogus Document – Nilesh Nandan Immigration Lawyer

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.

Especially, if they must satisfy the PIC 4020 criterion as part of the visa application. Most visas now have this criterion.

PIC 4020 – Public Interest Criteria Fixing The 4020 Problem?

I’m an immigration lawyer that looks at lots and lots of PIC 4020 “invitation to comment” letters and “4020 visa refusals” each week.

Public Interest Criteria 4020: You Are Not Alone

There are many many visa applicants that are affected by PIC 4020. It’s because it’s an easy shot for the Minister or Minister’s Delegate (aka case officer) to take. It’s potentially fatal for you. The PIC 4020 card can be dealt with you even if you are innocent or negligent (or simply stupid) in providing information about your visa application.

But as they say, “it is not all over until its over”. If you’ve let yourself down, or you’ve been let down by someone who’s lodged the wrong documents on your behalf, then talk with me.

I can’t help everyone that is affected by PIC 4020. I’ll explain whether it’s possible to turn any actual or likely PIC 4020 decision around. We’ll discuss how to make the best of a bad situation.

Many immigration lawyers or so-called experts will offer to tackle this problem for you. But be careful! It’s not a problem for the faint-hearted. (You know this already because of the bad feeling in your stomach since being contacted by Immigration recently about your case).

…And it may need more than simple legal skills to properly resolve. You’ll need a good problem solver on your side, who understands the depth and breadth of the PIC 4020 clause. That person must be someone who can explain what has happened in your case, in a clear and logical way.

Most of all – your immigration lawyer’s explanation needs to be credible.

You may find it very useful to inquire about your next immigration lawyer whether they have actually been successful with a PIC 4020 case.

This is where I can help. I handle many cases, and I get to consider many many “invitation to comment letters” and PIC  refusals. I’ll help you avoid a further negative decision if it’s possible.

Public Interest Criteria 4020: Expert Help

Has your case already been flagged by your case officer as being affected by 4020?

Have you already received a notice disguised as an “invitation to comment”? This is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Tread carefully!

Call me to discuss how we can help.

More about Bogus Documents

PIC 4020: Essential To Know Before Consultation

Current visa held

What is the current visa you hold and when does this visa expire?

When did you apply for this visa? (the one you currently hold).

If you hold a visa which is not a bridging visa, have you been granted any bridging visas which are not in effect yet?

What other applications have you made?

Have you ever been previously refused a visa because of falling the pic 4020 criterion?

“Before” visas

What visas (“the before visas”) did you hold in the 12 months immediately before making application for the pending visa?

Did you provide any bogus document in relation to the application for any of the “before visas” including any application you may have made to a skills assessing authority or to a medical assessor or to an English language assessor?

Did you provide any false information in relation to the application for any of the “before visas” including any application you may have made to a skills assessing authority or to a medical assessor or to an English language assessor?

Did you provide any misleading information in relation to the application for any of the “before visas” including any application you may have made to a skills assessing authority or to a medical assessor or to an English language assessor?

Did you provide any incorrect answer in relation to the application for any of the “before visas” including any application you may have made to a skills assessing authority or to a medical assessor or to an English language assessor?

“Pending” visa application

Did you provide any bogus document in relation to the application for the “pending visa” including any application you may have made to a skills assessing authority or to a medical assessor or to an English language assessor?

Did you provide any false information in relation to the application for the “pending visa” including any application you may have made to a skills assessing authority or to a medical assessor or to an English language assessor?

Did you provide any misleading information in relation to the application for the “pending visa” including any application you may have made to a skills assessing authority or to a medical assessor or to an English language assessor?

Did you provide any incorrect answer in relation to the application for the “pending visa” including any application you may have made to a skills assessing authority or to a medical assessor or to an English language assessor?

How many members are there in your family unit? How many are adults and how many are under 18 years of age?

 

Please answer all of these questions above again in respect of every member of your family unit and let me know whether any of your answers are different?

Your Experience?

Please share your comments with me.

I’d love to know more about your experience with applying for this!

 

2 March 2020 Update

Recent Case:

Meaning of “Interests of Australia” PIC 4020 – Bogus Documents

Latest win in the AAT on PIC 4020. https://www.sbs.com.au/

Learn: Be careful who you ask back home to get visa documents for your Australian Immigration application in order!

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  • Morning Sir,
    Please i have a serious issue with my wife visa, i was send a letter call natural justice but now the visa as been refused. Beside, i’m 42 years old that just got marry 7th of December 2017 and my wife is 34year old too just wedded and she was ban for three year based on the information about her visa been refused in America before. Please i will like to have your contact so i can send all the information about natural justice, our reply and the refusal letter. I will be happy if you can help because i’m passing through hell seen i got the information which is affecting my study rightnow and also affecting my wife as well. I need help please.
    Regards
    Johnson

  • Sir my student visa was refused on basis of pic 4020(bogous bank statement)and also refused from ATT then i went to Judicial review but before hearin i withdraw application and filled 866 protection visa which already refused now i am in ATT.sir i have BVA and want to travel overseas. Can i travel at BVB and any chance that 3 years ban which was in 2013 will effect to renter at BVB.is any option for me to lodge any other visa.
    Thanks

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