13 Jun Request for More Information – the Good, the Bad, and the Ridiculous
If unprepared or ill-advised, you may be asked for information or evidence which is historical and something you can’t simply ‘whip up’ to save the case. A recent example of this is an agent that came to me in April whose client was being questioned about the lack of Labour Market Testing provided, the case officer fairly asking for proof of the job advertising that occurred such as invoice(s) for advertising that claimed to happen, with subsequent copies of the applicant’s resumes, etc. The plot twist: the agent told me that it never occurred! You what mate?!? A classic example of having to turn away work, I told him “how can I help justify what happened if there is no historical and factual proof?” I didn’t bother following up with him after the 14 days, I know it would have been refused. Dare I say it was a nasty lesson learned.
Earlier this month a peer received an RFI requesting evidence of English level, even though sufficient evidence was provided and acknowledged by the Department. Case officers are also known to request documents that have already been provided and clearly labelled. With human processes comes an unfortunate possibility of human error, and as such don’t be surprised (just assertive) if you receive an RFI for something already clearly provided. Although a chance to fight it, just consider yourself lucky that it wasn’t flat out refused.
It goes without saying, but if you get an RFI and you haven’t engaged in any advice then it is certainly worth your time and money in doing so. Don’t hesitate to reach out any time.
Evan Bishop MARN 1679414
Owner – Worldly Migration
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