PIC 4020 – Visa Refusal Consequences And Solutions

Nilesh Nandan MyVisa Immigration Lawyer

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.


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  • Dear sir or madam
    My sister applied for Australian visa but she got refusal .is there second chance for her to get student from India toaustralia

  • dear sir
    my husband is having a 4020 history but his re entry ban of 3 years is over. as I am a student pursuing masters degree in university of Australia is there any chance of getting dependent visa for him and my 3 years old child?

  • Dear sir,

    I got a mail from dibp today on natural justice. Here is the detail of the letter.
    justify the grant of the visa. The following applicant(s) included on your application for Student (subclass 500) must satisfy the PIC 4020 requirement. This means that failure to satisfy PIC 4020 by any one of them may result in each person included in this application being refused the grant of this visa.

    your visa application you declared “No” and “Yes) for the questions: ? Has the applicant, or any person included in this application, held or currently hold a visa to Australia or any other country? You answered “Yes” Given details: Nairobi Kenya

    ? Has the applicant, or any person included in this application, ever been in Australia or any other country and not complied with visa conditions or departed outside their authorised period of stay? You answered “No”

    ? Has the applicant, or any person included in this application, ever had an application for entry or further stay in Australia or any other country refused, or had a visa cancelled? You answered “No”

    ? Departmental records indicate that SONAIKE Olubunmi Stephen has had applications for entry for Canada and USA and he has not travelled to this countries.

    Please advise when did you apply and what the outcome of the visa applications was.

    On the basis of the information above, you have in fact provided false and misleading information regarding your visa history on your current visa application. Your visa application may therefore be considered for refusal on the basis that you do not meet PIC 4020.

    You are therefore invited to provide a detailed written comment on any of the above information. In addition, you are requested to provide any information that relates to:

    ? compelling circumstances that affect the interests of Australia; or

    ? compassionate or compelling circumstances that affect the interests of an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen .

    Timeframe for response You must respond to this invitation to comment within 28days after you are taken to have received this letter. You should provide your response in writing..

    I was out of the country when my spouse made the visa application and was not ask if such a situation has occurred before.

    What do u advise me to do

  • Hello sir,
    4020 aries in my 186 visa
    Didnt mention drink and drive offence when applying 457 and 186 visa as i was not aware that comes under criminal offence ,that offence was happen in 2011 now 7 years after this happen
    Now how to deal with this case i got 20 days left to response plz advice me thsnx

  • HI
    I applied my mother visit visa – got refusal on fake documents — i attached Hospital documents in my application
    after i contacted hospital – they sent a letter to visa officer and cc to me clarifying all documents are real
    But visa officer not replying as he/she had made his/her decision – they ask to go for AAT which cost $1700 even after win you get half back
    in all this where i am wrong – if there was any confusion in verification Hospital cleared it

    If i apply new application and attached a PIC 4020 submission with new application – Are they going to consider or not

    What are the option available for me

    Can anyone Help

  • WE have applied for 489 visa and officer send us invitation to comment letter becoz officer think there is misleading information in our application. can we sort out it?

    • There are two ways you can challenge the pic 4020 issue … where you are accused of having provided false and misleading information for having provided a bogus document.

      The first way is to argue that the material provided is in fact not false and not misleading and not bogus.

      The second way, if the first way is not an option, is to argue for a waiver of the criteria. So, you essentially concede that you’ve been caught out but the circumstances are such that a discretion not to strictly apply PIC 4020 against you, should be exercised by the Immigration decision maker.

      I have had considerable success in deciding which approach to take and writing submissions for both of the above approaches.

      If you wish to discuss how I could help then please book in a consultation with me.

      Nilesh Nandan
      Immigration Lawyer

  • Hi..
    i received natural justice on 26th august 2019. I replied with all the proofs and wrote the comments( in invitation to comment) on 20th September 2019. at the same time on 26th September i also changed my authorized recipient, e.g. My consultant. Till now neither the status of my authorized recipient changed(which is changed when CO reviewed the file) nor i received any correspondence or visa grant. its almost three months now. What should i do now or how shall i proceed further, Please enlightened.

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