Did you know the Miranda warning of \u201cAnything you do say can and will be used against you...\u201d applies not only in the movies but to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection as well?\r\n\r\nYes, it\u2019s true! Migration Law is constantly evolving and one of the changes we have recently noticed with Partner Visa applications is that Immigration are paying a MORE attention to any personal information previously supplied by you or your partner to them. This includes any details or particulars you may have given on previous Visitor or Student Visa applications and extends to what you have written on airport landing cards. Yes, that\u2019s correct, they keep ALL that information for reference.\r\n\r\nWill Immigration check my previous application?\r\n\r\nIt is important to know that when you lodge a Partner Visa application, Immigration will scrutinise and cross reference any and all of your Australian visa history and migration related data. If they find any inconsistencies or a blatant lie in the process, you are going to have a real battle on your hands.\r\n\r\nConsistent disclosure of the same information is important. For example, there is a MYTH out there that if you bring your partner out to visit you in Australia on a Visitor Visa (Subclass 600), it is best for them not to disclose that they are indeed your partner or that you are in a relationship on the application.This is erroneously done in the hopes that this will stop Immigration from putting a \u2018no further stay\u2019 (8503 Condition) on the Visitor Visa and allow you to lodge an onshore Partner Visa (subclass 820) to take advantage of the Bridging Visa A. This unfortunately is a TOTAL MYTH and may in fact harm your Partner Visa application at a later date.\r\n\r\nWhat would happen if I lied on a Visitor Visa application?\r\n\r\nIf you did not disclose your relationship status on the Visitor Visa and then lodge an onshore Partner Visa application, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will check what you wrote on that Visitor Visa application and landing card when you entered Australia. If you originally said \u00a0you were just visiting a \u2018friend\u2019 and then claim that you have been in a relationship for 12 months, Immigration will come to one of two conclusions;\r\n\r\n(1) You are just friends and therefore you don\u2019t meet the requirements for a partner visa, or (2), You lied on your previous visa application.\r\n\r\nEither way, it is going to leave you in a difficult position with a lot of explaining to do and could possibly lead to a refusal of the visa application.\r\n\r\nHow do I know this MYTH exists, you ask? Well, on a recent trip to the Philippines, I overheard two Australian gentlemen talking about this exact subject in a restaurant one evening. One of the gentlemen had obviously been through the partner visa process himself, several years ago, and he was giving this advice along with some other outdated ideas. It took all my inner strength not to run over to this guy to set him straight and let him know he was actually breaking the law by giving advice like this.\r\n\r\nShould I take advice from my friends if they have been through the process?\r\n\r\nIn this case, if a friend or someone you know tells you the best way to have a Visitor Visa granted or avoid an 8503 condition on the Visitor Visa is not to mention your relationship in the first place and you think you can \u00a0somehow \u201ctrick\u201d Immigration in this way, then please do not listen to any advice they have on anything visa-related. This applies even if they have been through the process themselves, as Migration Law is constantly changing. The information given to someone 6 months ago may be out-of-date by the time they are ready to lodge the application.\r\n\r\nAs Freedom Migration assists hundreds of couples each year going through the Partner Visa process, we have developed an understanding of how the Department of Immigration and Border Protection makes decisions. Through helping our own clients day in day out with their partner visa applications, we keep abreast of these unpublished trends through our continued daily lodging of applications and constant communications with the Department. We are skilled in reading and understanding the legislation and policies that determine eligibility for a Partner Visa. This way, we are always \u2018up-to-date\u2019 on any changes made to Migration Law.\r\n\r\nPlease please please comment below. We read them all and it helps us get better information to you.