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Why is important to provide accurate information when applying for a visa?


Following recent events in the media concerning allegations of fraudulent information being provided in support of visa applications, this article will look at the Public Interest Criteria (PIC) 4020. False or misleading information is information which, is relevant to the visa criteria and contributes in a material way to the decision which, might not have been made had the true information been known.

PIC 4020 was introduced on 2 April 2011 and applies to all Skilled Migration (General Skilled Migration, Temporary Work, Permanent Employer Sponsored), Business Skills, Student, Visitor and Family visas.

PIC 4020 enables the Department of Immigration to refuse a visa application if an applicant provides a bogus document or information that is false or misleading in relation to that application, or a visa that the applicant held in the period of 12 months before the application was made.

False or Misleading information

False or misleading information is information which, is relevant to the visa criteria and contributes in a material way to the decision which, might not have been made had the true information been known.

Examples of false or misleading information may include a false or inaccurate statement of information in a document, application or declaration, variances in birth dates provided on the application form and birth certificate, information about a secondary and /or non-migrating dependent’s relationship to the primary applicant or an employment reference in support of an applicant’s work experience.

Bogus information

A bogus document is a document that was not issued in respect of the person or is counterfeit or has been altered without authority or was obtained because of a false or misleading statement.

Examples of bogus documents may include a counterfeit passport, birth or marriage certificate, educational certificate, work reference or financial document. Documents issued by a genuine authority but obtained fraudulently may include an English language test result that was not achieved by the applicant, a skills assessment obtained by providing false claims to a skills assessing body or a document belonging to another person that is presented to the department by the visa applicant as their own.

The Department of Immigration and associated bodies including skills assessment authorities undertake significant procedures to ensure the integrity of information and documentation provided in support of an application.

Consequences of providing false or misleading information or a bogus document may lead to a visa application being refused, an existing visa being cancelled and exclusion periods of 3 years.

To avoid all these risks, ALWAYS work with a certified migration agent, which can help you with your documentation before you send it to the Immigration department.

If you want our help, write us to and start a migration process with us today!


  1. Post comment name is Dipal..
    I am doing master in enviromental managemt in flinders university and it’s my first Semester..
    As per the new SOL list my course is not in list..
    So can i change my course?
    Or ??
    Which course is better to help to get pr..
    And I already complete my master in microbilogy from india..


    1. Post comment

      Shannon Semenikow

      Thank you for your enquiry. We’d be happy to assist you with your current situation and help to plan your pathway forward.

      As Australia’s immigration program is very complex and there may be a number of possible ways for you to apply for residency, please complete the assessment form via the link below. The information you provide will help our Migration Team identify your visa options and possible pathways

      To make sure we have all the information, you must complete the following sections:

      Personal Particulars
      Marital Status
      Current Residential address
      Citizenship Details
      Passport Details
      Addresses (including your home country address)
      Education Details (all school, college and uni information here and overseas)
      Employment details
      Australian Visa Applications
      Once you’ve completed the relevant sections, click “submit” in the bottom left hand corner, once we have received it our Migration team will:

      Assess your case and provide you with some free written advice
      Arrange an appointment and confirm if you are eligible for a free initial consultation or if it will carry a fee.
      Please let us know if you have any questions and we look forward to assisting you!

      Warm regards,

    2. Post comment

      Shannon Semenikow

      Hello Dipal!

      Thank you for contacting us!

      In order to start assessing your case, could you provide us:

      – E-mail
      – Phone number
      – Nationality
      – City of residence
      – Profession

      Also, if you can give us a little bit more information about your case that would help us to improve the assessment.

      Alternatively, you can come to our office in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Venezuela, India, Philippines, Nigeria or Colombia.

      Hope to hear soon from you

      Kind Regards!

      EMSA Team


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