From 18th November 2017, the Migration Legislation Amendment (2017 Measures No. 4) Regulations 2017 will take effect. This implementation is designed to protect the integrity of the visa framework. The changes in the migration regulations will bar an applicant for 10 years if they have provided false or misleading information in their visa application.
Under the existing regulations, section 4020 of the Public Interest Criterion, targets applicants who supply false documents or information to the Australian Government in the last 12 months before an application is made. This period, however, is now being extended to 10 years prior to the visa application. Further, applicants who allegedly engaged in providing false information to the Immigration Department, Migration Review Tribunal, or the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, will be barred from re-applying for a period of 10 years.
Immigration officers will have the discretion to determine whether or not the visa applicant has deliberately provided false documents and applicants who may have accidentally provided incorrect information will not be subjected to refusal of visa grant.
Since 10 years is a lot of time to wait for re-applying for a visa, it is extremely important that information and documents submitted to the Immigration Department are correct and backed up with appropriate evidence, whether you are lodging your visa on your own, or with the help of a registered migration agent.