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Does the Department check my social media posts to verify information?

Category: Visa for Australia

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I have recently applied for a partner visa.

Does the Department check my social media posts to verify information?

Answer provided by Migration Agent

Mind your use of social media when dealing with the Department...

The Department of Home Affairs case officers routinely check on visa applicants’ social media posts. This may result in refusal of visa applications on the basis of the visa applicants’ information made publicly available on Facebook etc.

The ABC claims “the Home Affairs Department has internal guidance that details how immigration officials should use Facebook as evidence.”

According to the Home Affairs interim guidance document from 2016 notes Facebook, which it considers "open source and publicly available", can be a "valuable" way to verify or refute someone's identity or claim for a visa.

It can be used to map relationships and memberships, provide insight into visa applicants' communications, locations, biometric data and related images, the document states. (Source: https://www.abc.net.au)

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