Practice Points


Clients regularly try to cover up or not acknowledge criminal convictions. Migration advisors cannot be soft on clients in this regard as it will only cause damage later. Clients need to be drilled on whether they have any pass convictions and clients need to be warned that covering convictions will turn what may otherwise have been a winnable case into a case which may fail on the point that convictions were not disclosed.

Similarly with issues like, was the client ever removed or deported from another country, this will eventually come out and needs to be addressed at the application stage.

Always useful is to ask the client to bring in all expired passports. Stories about having lost a past passport should always heighten attention as to whether there are any fraud issues.  Look for stamps on passports which say, ‘Seen by X Embassy’ which is indicative of adverse visa history from other countries.