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Old 04-03-2014, 07:34 AM
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DIBP Issues Statement on New Form 80

Hi All -

DIBP has issued a statement in response to urgent queries made by one of our agent representative bodies, the Migration Institute of Australia. I thought it would be beneficial to applicants to post it here.

It would appear that people who "already have applications on hand will not be required to complete a new Form 80" which I interpret to mean people who have already lodged a Form 80 as of the form change date of 22 March 2014, hence "a new form 80" meaning in addition to the one they had already lodged as of the change date. However I would expect that all Form 80's submitted after 22 March 2014 will need to be the new format.

This from DIBP today:

One of the departmentís major programmes is to contribute to whole-of-government initiatives on identity fraud and transnational organised crime. This initiative is the basis of all changes made to the Form 80 as it forms an integral part of the departmentís capacity to establish client identity and character.

As you have identified, there are several changes in the March 2014 edition of the Form 80. We anticipate that the new form will enhance the quality of data and lessen the requirement for information/follow up requests.

Previous versions of the form failed to clearly articulate the address history requirement, resulting in incomplete information being submitted by the client. Invariably, this necessitated follow up information requests to obtain the missing information. This then caused further delays and confusion in the visa assessment process.

Our aim with the recent changes to the form is to reduce overall delays to visa processing by collecting accurate client information from the outset of the application process.

Clients who already have applications on hand will not be required to complete a new Form 80. However, they may later be asked to provide the additional information to complete their visa application process. As such we would encourage migration agents to provide new clients with the latest version of the form in order to reduce delays in visa processing.


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Gosh, I'd say they are going to get LESS accurate data from many people by asking for 30 years history!

I wonder how they're going to deal with people who simply cannot source the information required for the form?

Thanks very much for posting this Mark. I'm not sure where we will stand. Applied before 22 March but didn't get form 80 uploaded till 30 March.

Hopefully they will give some leeway to people right on the cusp :/

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Hi All -

Clients who already have applications on hand will not be required to complete a new Form 80. However, they may later be asked to provide the additional information to complete their visa application process. As such we would encourage migration agents to provide new clients with the latest version of the form in order to reduce delays in visa processing.[/I]

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it appears DIBP is leaving the bomb bay door open even on those who have lodged the application long ago, to come around and drop the 30 yrs history bomb on them too.


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My guess is that they will probably ask for further questions for those who applied before ... and they will keep asking further questions for those who applied after.

Mark, would you please answer me a question:
How strict are they with the answers? I tried to be very accurate, but for some countries I visited I couldn't provide dates and I wrote a statement like Europeans do (no stamps, travelling by car, sometimes for a few hours only). I hope it's ok. I was worried I would mess the dates up and i think that would be worse.

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Hi Xyzaus -

Great question. Answer: DIBP has not issued any guidance as to how they will deal with situations where people cannot remember all the details of every place they've traveled to or lived at for the last 30 years, or every detail of every employer they've ever had in their lifetimes. My guess is that if it appears the applicant is using best efforts to provide all data, that will likely satisfy them, since I would imagine most people cannot remember all details of all of those events/addresses/etc. The real question is how much "incompleteness" or "inaccuracy" DIBP will tolerate in these responses before they refuse to accept the form and send it back as incomplete. We'll have to see how they handle incomplete/inaccurate forms in order to know the answer to that.

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My guess is that they will probably ask for further questions for those who applied before ... and they will keep asking further questions for those who applied after.

Mark, would you please answer me a question:
How strict are they with the answers? I tried to be very accurate, but for some countries I visited I couldn't provide dates and I wrote a statement like Europeans do (no stamps, travelling by car, sometimes for a few hours only). I hope it's ok. I was worried I would mess the dates up and i think that would be worse.

Thanks
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Thank you for your answer Mark.

Let's hope for the best!


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Thank you for your answer Mark.

Let's hope for the best!
.new form was quite long to fill in, 18 pages.. question 7.. Do currently hold citizenship from any other country when you tick NO I am stateless . I have to give details? How will I explain details. The best format to detail?..I dont have CO yet but I will personally submitted all the missing document before a co will asign to my case. Is that posible? What about medical Can I have my medical now even though no co yet? Or would I wait co to tell me to undergo medical?


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form 80 changed AGAIN

I have submitted my application and attached the March version of Form 80. Now I noticed that the design date says 04/2014 :s Should I resubmit?
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No need to that I can see - March 2014 are still being accepted according to DIBP

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Just to clarify, since I've seen older posts about form 80 being needed but the online stuff seems to keep being tweaked, so is form 80 required for Offshore 309 VISA applications? In the document checklist page on the Immi site for this VISA, Form 80 isn't listed (https://www.immi.gov.au/Visas/Pages/309-100.aspx), but it is an option when you get to the documents uploading section after submitting and paying for your VISA. There are plenty in there that you don't need, though, so I'm unsure about Form 80.

I apologize if this has been asked before (as it likely has)(and I know that's frustrating for you guys), but since things seem to keep getting updated I wanted to make sure that I get the most up to date answer I can.

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