Form-filling is a near-universal feature of the visa application process. When completing any form associated with a visa application, it is crucial that all questions are completed in a truthful and comprehensive manner.
Misinterpretation of a question can have one of many potential consequences, from delaying your application process, to resulting in visa refusal for provision of false or misleading information.
Form 80 is among the most comprehensive and ubiquitous of these forms, requiring lengthy disclosure of all manner of information, from one’s employment history to one’s mother’s maiden name. Unfortunately, this form can also prove vague and unintuitive. Below is a question-by-question guide to help you complete your Form 80 with the greatest of ease.
Form 80 Part A – Applicant Details
This question is only applicable to persons of Chinese heritage who make use of the Chinese Telegraphic Code in transcriptions of their name. If you do not and have never utilized the Chinese Commercial Code for this purpose, You may safely answer “no” to this question.
As English naming conventions do not account for patronyms, persons of Russian descent are required to disclose their patronym (отчество) in this question. Please do not include your patronym as part of your “given name” at Question 1.
Form 80 Part C – Identity Documents
It is important to include details of any mandatory identity card or document issued by your country of citizenship. Other identity documents, such as birth certificates, should also be included.
Form 80 Part D – Identity Documents
It is important to outline each address in which you have resided over the past 10 years. Be sure to include the full address, including the postcode. If you cannot recall exact dates of residency for each address, you may provide a more general date, such as a month and year, or simply a year on its own.
You may use the lined spaced on page 19 if you need extra space. Be sure to specify the question number in the column provided on this page.
Form 80 Part E – International Travel / Movements
It is important to outline each instance of international travel for the past 10 years. Be sure to include each country visited. If you cannot recall exact dates for your past travel, you may provide a more general date, such as a month and year, or simply a year on its own.
You can elaborate further on page 19 should you need additional space. Be sure to specify the question number in the column provided on this page.
Form 80 Part F – Employment
It is important to outline each instance of employment undertaken during your lifetime and ach break in your employment history. Unpaid voluntary work, self-employment and internships must all be disclosed.
Any period in which you were not working must also be disclosed, including previous studies and the period between your birth and your first job. If you have never been employed, answer “NEVER WORKED” in the first “Name of Business/Company” field.
Finally, we strongly recommend that you avoid giving abbreviations for the names of businesses for whom you have worked.
If you cannot recall exact dates for your past employment, you may provide a more general date, such as a month and year, or simply a year on its own.
Form 80 Part G – Education
You need to write details of all ongoing, discontinued and completed education, including:
- Vocational schooling
- Research or thesis
- Specialist training
- Trade qualifications
In the event where you apply for a refugee visa, you must include all education, including primary and secondary schooling. If you cannot recall exact dates for your past educations, you may provide months and years, or simply years. Should you run out of space, you may use the lined paper included on page 19.
Form 80 Part H – Proposed Travel or Further Stay
Simply state the purpose of your travel to, or continued stay in Australia. If you are arriving for a particular event or appointment, specify what these are and the date upon which they are to take place.
This question is only applicable to people applying for temporary visas from within Australia. Simply state why you are looking to remain in Australia. This should match the type of visa you are applying for. For example, student visa applicants would state the reason for their stay as relating to their studies.
Form 80 Part K – Character
You must answer “yes” to any dot point under this question which applies to you. For most visa applications, you will be required to provide background checks, meaning any undisclosed criminal history will be discovered by the Department of Home Affairs. Providing a deceptive answer on your Form 80 will result in refusal of your visa application.
Form 80 Part L – Military Service
All forms of military service must be disclosed, including conscription and other forms of mandatory military service. Disclosure must be made regardless of the duration of your service, whether or not you were deployed, or branch of service.
“Country of deployment” relates to actual military deployment. If you have served on active duty, you must list the countries in which you have served.
Form 80 Part Q – Associated People
For each question under this part, all relevant associated persons must be disclosed. You must provide as much detail as is known to you about each person.
If only a person’s year of birth is known to them, but not the full date, complete the day and month as “1 January.”
If you run out of space, continue to answer using the lined paper included on page 19. Be sure to specify the question number in the column provided on this page.
“Partner” in this question is construed broadly. A boyfriend or girlfriend will need to be disclosed as your “partner” for the purposes of this question. If you are widowed, you should provide details of your deceased partner.
If there are any family members making a combined visa application with you, their details should be included in your answer to this question. Only family members included in your visa application should be disclosed.
If you are travelling as part of a larger group, if the members of your group are applying for their visas separately, you do not need to disclose them in this question.
You are not obliged to have a “personal contact” in Australia, however if you do have a personal contact in Australia, it is important that you provide as much information about them as you can.
If you are applying for a family visa, you should list your sponsor as your personal contact.
Form 80 Part S – Declaration
Visa applicants must sign the completed Form 80. Digital signatures are generally accepted in practice. It is usually preferable to provide a physical signature if possible.
Note that signing this declaration means you declare that the information provided in the Form 80 is correct. Once again, providing a misleading or false Form 80 will likely result in visa refusal, and may have severe consequences for any future visa applications.
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Whilst you are now hopefully able to complete your Form 80, it is but one part of a much larger process. Preparing a visa application on your own can often be daughtning, stressful and time-consuming. If you remain concerned about how best to prepare your application, it is highly advisable to seek professional assistance.
By consulting an experienced migration solicitor, you can rest assured that you are on the right track. Speak to our lawyers today, and take the stress out of your migration journey.