On 5 November 2011 powers were introduced to reduce fraud in all Business Skills visas at both the temporary and permanent stages. This power is called the fraud Public Interest Criterion 4020 (PIC 4020).
Unfortunately, some people provide false or misleading information in visa applications. For example, some people may provide forged or false documents or give incorrect information to attempt to secure the grant of their visa application. The department takes any misrepresentation to secure a visa to Australia seriously and strives to uphold the integrity of all visa applications.
The introduction of PIC 4020 provides a strong basis for action against attempts to provide false information or documents. PIC 4020 allows a decision-maker to refuse the grant of a visa to a person and impose a three year bar on obtaining a new visa for having provided false, misleading and/or bogus documentation and/or information to the department.
The Fraud PIC now applies to Business Skills applicants who provide false, bogus or misleading documents during the course of their visa application, or in an application within the last 12 months that resulted in the grant of a visa. This also applies to those Business Skills visa applications which have been submitted previously but have not yet been finally decided.
The department will give applicants who have allegedly provided fraudulent information an opportunity to comment on the documents the department suspects to be fraudulent. The applicant will also have the opportunity to demonstrate compassionate and compelling circumstances why their visa should be granted.
For more information visit http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/_pdf/fraud-pic.pdf