Public Interest Criterion 4020 (PIC 4020) is one of the “public interest criteria” included in Schedule 4 of Australia’s Migration Regulations 1994. These criteria are designed to serve Australia’s public interests by imposing particular requirements on visa applicants, such as health, character, and etc. PIC 4020 can have great significance to your capacity to migrate to Australia, or even just to visit here. This is because failure to satisfy Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) of your compliance with PIC 4020 can lead to refusal of your visa application and lengthy bars on being granted any further visas that have PIC 4020 imposed on them.
Satisfying DIBP of your identity
If you are refused a visa because you do not meet PIC 4020 on identity grounds, then no other visa that includes PIC 4020 as part of the critieria can be granted to you for a period of 10 years after refusal. This requirement applies to visa applications lodged on or after 22 March 2014 and all visa applications that had been made, but not finally determined prior to that date.
This requirement has no possibility of waiver. If you are refused a visa because you do not meet PIC 4020 on identity grounds, another visa that includes PIC 4020 as part of the required critieria, will not be granted to you for a period of 10 years after refusal.
It is important to know that his requirement applies to visa applications lodged on or after 22 March 2014 and all visa applications made, but not finally determined before 22 March 2014.
If your visa is refused because you did not satisfy the identity requirement, then any member of your family unit will also be refused the visa. These family members will also be unable to be granted another visa (where that visa includes PIC 4020 as part of the criteria) for 10 years.
Bogus documents and false or misleading information
PIC 4020 also affects people who provide bogus documents or information that is false or misleading. Visa applicants must not provide bogus documents or information that is false or misleading in a material particular with their visa application. remember that this requirement applies even if the document or information was provided on your behalf by someone else such as your agent or sponsor and even if you did not know that there was a bogus document or false or misleading information,
Your visa application might be refused, if you or anyone in your family unit provide a bogus document or information that is false or misleading as part of your current visa application or provided a bogus document or information that is false or misleading regarding a visa that you held in the 12 months before making your current application.
If your visa application is refused because you or any members of your family unit provide bogus documents or information that is false or misleading in a material particular, you might be barred from being granted an Australian visa for three years.
If you are affected by PIC 4020 regarding false or misleading information or bogus documents, then any member of their family unit might also have their visas refused and might also be prevented from being granted another visa for three years.
Invitation to comment
If you are unable to satisfy the DIBP of your identity, or your application includes a bogus document or false or misleading information, and PIC 4020 applies, then the DIBP will allow you make comments within a certain time shown in a letter they will send by email or post. If you have provided a bogus document or false or misleading information you should comment on whether there are any circumstances that would justify granting you the visa. This might include bad effects on an Australian citizen or permanent resident if you are not grated the visa, or other special circumstances. If you are invited to comment on a PIC 4020 problem, you should seek professional help as soon as possible.
PIC 4020 is a serious criterion that can affect your future and that of your family. accuracy of information and documents is very important when lodging applications to the DIBP, as is ensuring that your identity is adequately proved. When in any doubt about your capacity to satisfy all aspects of PIC 4020, contact a professional Registered Migration agent for advice.
Migration Agents Registration Number 0957773
Legal Practitioner NSW 55486