PIC 4020: Tip # 10: exceptions and waiver

The exceptions only apply to PIC 4020(2) and (2B); the waiver only applies to refusals made under PIC 4020(1) and (2)

Exceptions

PIC 4020 includes the following provisions (emphasis added):

(1)  There is no evidence before the Minister that the applicant has given, or caused to be given, to the Minister, an officer, the Tribunal during the review of a Part 5-reviewable decision, a relevant assessing authority or a Medical Officer of the Commonwealth, a bogus document or information that is false or misleading in a material particular in relation to: 

(a)  the application for the visa; or

(b)  a visa that the applicant held in the period of 12 months before the application was made.

(2)  The Minister is satisfied that during the period: 

(a)  starting 3 years before the application was made; and

(b)  ending when the Minister makes a decision to grant or refuse to grant the visa;

the applicant and each member of the family unit of the applicant has not been refused a visa because of a failure to satisfy the criteria in subclause (1).

(2AA)  However, subclause (2) does not apply to the applicant if, at the time the application for the refused visa was made, the applicant was under 18.

(2A)  The applicant satisfies the Minister as to the applicant’s identity.

(2B)  The Minister is satisfied that during the period:

(a)  starting 10 years before the application was made; and

(b)  ending when the Minister makes a decision to grant or refuse to grant the visa;

neither the applicant, nor any member of the family unit of the applicant, has been refused a visa because of a failure to satisfy the criteria in subclause (2A).

(2BA)  However, subclause (2B) does not apply to the applicant if, at the time the application for the refused visa was made, the applicant was under 18.

The exception under subclause (2AA) only applies to subclause (2), namely the 3-year ban. Subclause (2AA) does not provide an exception to subclause (1).

The exception under subclause (2BA) only applies to subclause (2B), namely the 10-year ban. Subclause (2BA) does not provide an exception to subclause (2A).

Waiver

PIC 4020 includes the following provision:

(4)  The Minister may waive the requirements of any or all of paragraphs (1)(a) or (b) and subclause (2) if satisfied that: 

(a)  compelling circumstances that affect the interests of Australia; or

(b)  compassionate or compelling circumstances that affect the interests of an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen;

justify the granting of the visa.

As only subclauses (1) and (2) are mentioned in the above provisions, the waiver does not apply to subclauses (2A) (failure to satisfy the Minister as to the applicant’s identity) and (2B) (10-year ban where a visa has been refused under subclause (2A)).


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Sergio Zanotti Stagliorio is a Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1461003). He is the owner of Target Migration in Sydney. He can be reached at sergio@targetmigration.com.au