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VIC Correcting Date of Birth on All Documents?

Discussion in 'Immigration Law Forum' started by van tu, 14 March 2017.

  1. van tu

    van tu Member

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    I came to Hong Kong in 1982 as a Vietnamese refugee living in a refugee camp. I informed the authorities a wrong day of birth. In 1984, I got a visa to arrive in Australia with all documents in the same day of birth as I claimed in the Hong Kong refugee camp.

    Now, can I legally correct my day of birth on all documents? I have the original Vietnamese documents as 'Vietnamese Birth Certificate' and 'Student Cards' with picture on it.

    If yes, how can I do it? And does that change (corrected my day of birth) will affect to my current employment?
     
  2. Lance

    Lance Well-Known Member

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    Hi Van,

    I'm not sure why you gave the incorrect information, but I've never lived in a refugee camp so I can only assume you have what you thought was a good reason. You have a right under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 if it is incorrect. In fact the Department of Immigration and Boarder Protection has an obligation under the Privacy Act 1988 to ensure records containing personal information are correct.

    To make a valid Freedom of Information request to amend or annotate you will need to:

    • make a request in writing. You can use the form link below, or send a letter explaining your request either by post or email;

    • make sure you identify the departmental information or documents containing your personal information which is incorrect;

    • provide reasons why the information is incorrect; and

    • include your address so notices of information can be sent.

    https://www.border.gov.au/Forms/Documents/424c.pdf

    They are going to ask why you gave the wrong information (as per dot point 3) and if you don't have a very good and valid reason they may be able to use that admission of providing false details, against you.
     
  3. van tu

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    Hi Lance,

    Thank you for your help.
     
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