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Old 03-01-2015, 12:31 PM
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Exclamation How long does immigration Keep the applicants record

Just a general question to understand , how long does the DIBP keep the record of an applicant in there systems before being discarded or deleted .I heard from some people that normally Immigration department holds the information for 5 years or so , is this correct or not. Please advise.


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Old 03-01-2015, 12:52 PM
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I guess they archive it about then but maybe never delete it?


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Old 03-01-2015, 06:05 PM
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I would thimk perhaps indefinitely. Especially if they have records of someone doing something wrong e.g lodging a fraudulent documentation.

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There is an official destruction schedule.

If immigration has acted improperly they have been known to 'lose' the file.

There are several case where immigration have destroyed files in the face of a federal court.

Here is an extract from one of my books:

We thought that we would be able to approach the
embassy in Manila, and the file would be there. In our first
meeting with an officer, we were told that the file was
missing. Recalling that we had been told that the file could
not be obtained in Australia, even at our cost, my husband
thought we were justified in complaining to the
Ombudsman. To me there is something compelling in the
fact that my husband was able to predict the missing-file
caper when there was little evidence for it.
I have a letter from my member of parliament which
states that my visa was cancelled, because of a technical
defect in my application. It seems clear that the honourable
member has access to information that has not been
released to me. The honourable member's letter went on to
say that you would thoroughly investigate complaints that
were made to you. As for thoroughly investigating
complaints, that is entirely up to you, sir. I may well
complain to you about other things in the future, but I want
all the information that should be given under Freedom of
Information, before I decide what further action to take.
There are references to Section 20 of The Migration
Act in documents released under Freedom of Information,
these documents say that I was advised that my visa had
been cancelled, which is not true, and they also state that I
made certain declarations. This is not true either. I
discovered that my visa was cancelled when my passport,
which had been held, in my view improperly, was returned
in humiliating circumstances at Darwin airport. I do not
know why the officer cancelled my visa, or whether he did
so under delegated authority, without referring the decision
to a higher level, or what happened.
It is difficult to reply to allegations of offences in the
absence of particulars.
Whether a reply is likely to prove productive I do not
know, but I will not be denied whatever rights I have by
clowns (performers in a circus) who think they can get rid of
the files and buy me off with a ticket to heaven.
I have a great deal of information that I have not
given you. If you seek any further details from me, before
making a decision about how your department should now
proceed, I will reply promptly to any enquiry from you.
May I say that in all the circumstances I find it
unacceptable to be expected to pay for whatever
extraordinary efforts are now required to recover the
evidence, or reconstruct it? I think we can agree, or at least
I can, that we are approaching the time when unreasonable
delay is attestable.
If you see this letter as implying that a certain officer
was responsible for the disappearance of the files, then may
I say that no such implication is intended? I believe that a
higher authority 'lost' them.

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Old 03-02-2015, 07:41 AM
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That would be a great read


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