Everyone's Doing It
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Check List Using The Regulations As A Template eg - Spouse Visa
Get Enough Sleep
Visa Application And Associated Costs
Record Keeping And Management - How Long Do Documents Have To Be Kept?
Initial Requirements Regarding Accepting A Retainer
Failure Of Proper File Management Can Lead To Suspension As A Migration Agent
Confidentiality & Notifying The Client Of Complaint Procedure
Give Your Client A Copy Of Everything
Give Your Client The Bad News Immediately
Take Care While On Holidays
Clients & English
Check Special Requirements For Offshore Visas With The Embassy's Or Consulate's Website
Don't Accept Immigration's Assertion That Decisions Have Been Made Properly
Have No Fear Of Appeals
Never Advise Your Client To Make Life Changing Decisions Prior To The Grant Of A Visa & Trust Your Instincts
Before You Set The Fee With Your Client And Before You File A Visa Application
What Can Go Wrong If You Don't Record Your Mail Properly
Positioning And Pathways And Fees (Putting All One's Eggs In One Basket)
Email & Fax Communication & Errors With Credit Cards Emerge As Troubling Issues
Preparing A Client For Merit Review Hearings Or Interviews With DIBP
Accountants And Migration Law
Berenguel - Sometimes Time Of Application Criteria Can Be Met At Time Of Decision
Bare Faced Liars & The Fraudsters
Everyone's Doing It
Visas Remain Current Until Midnight
Immigration Closes At 4pm
Looking After Secondary Visa Holders In A Visa Cancellation Process
Applying As A Secondary Visa Applicant Onshore When The Primary Visa Applicant Is Offshore
Essential Prerequisites For A Ministerial Discretion Application
Last Lunge Applications
State And Territory Sponsorship
Believing The Client
Spouse Visas - Unexplained Large Deposits of Money
Managing No. 8503 On Tourist Visas
Tax Deductibility of Migration Advice
Dates On Documents And Names On Documents
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Take A Statement
Case Management Software
Check All Past Visa Applications
Visa Holders Being On Their Best Behaviour
Email Communication With Immigration - Delete All Strings
No Without Prejudice Conversations With Immigration
What Is A Secondary Visa?
Identify Australian Citizens Who Support An Applicant
Schedule 1 Criteria
Second Thing To Do On Starting A File - Download The Relevant Part Of The Law
First Thing To Do When Starting Any File - Identify Any 'Rights Destroying' Deadlines
Lodging Paper Applications
Social Media & Smart Phones
Disputes About Parentage And Children
Helping People Pass The English Tests
What Is The Pomodoro Technique?
Immigration Telephones Client
When Is A Visa Application Made In Australia
Apply For A Visa In Australia
No Visa Application Is An Island
The Hammock Principle
Sometimes fraud can become so prevalent in migration practice that almost ‘everyone’s doing it’. Recent examples are the farmer charging a fee to give false information that working holiday visa holders have done the regional rural work. It seemed many Irish and UK young people were using this. Some used their second working holiday visa to get regular visas like 457 visas.
But the farmer Joe who was selling these false ‘certificates’ just couldn’t stop selling them and eventually DIBP picked up that farmer Joe’s little farm could not possibly have had so many Irish and UK backpackers working for him. Eventually they traced each and every back packer who claimed to have worked for farmer Joe and went about cancelling their current visas if that visa used the working holiday visa as a stepping stone.
There are many other examples, like the fake work experience certificates used to ‘prove’ the 900 hours work experience needed to get a positive TRA skill assessment.
A corollary of ‘everyone’s doing it’ is ‘someone else got away with it, it is unjust that I am targeted’.
In both the TRA skill assessment frauds and the working holiday frauds, the inescapable conclusion is that some migration agents knowingly used fraudulent documents in visa applications or simply turned a blind eye to them. Either course is a serious error and migration agents should disengage from clients who have been down such pathways unless the client is willing to come clean, notify DIBP of any fraud for the purpose of seeking DIBP’s discretion not to cancel a visa.