Part 10 Offences, penalties, and proceedings


342 Provision of false or misleading information


Every person commits an offence against this Act who—


makes any statement, or provides any information, evidence, or submission, knowing that it is false or misleading in any material respect, in support of—


any application or request (whether by that person or by another person) for a visa or entry permission, or any expression of interest in a visa; or


any request for variation, waiver, or cancellation of the conditions of a visa; or


any appeal or application in the nature of an appeal to the Minister or the Tribunal; or


produces or surrenders any document or supplies any information to an immigration officer or a refugee and protection officer knowing that it is false or misleading in any material respect; or


completes any document required as part of a border requirement in a manner that the person knows to be false or misleading in any particular, or fails to comply with any of his or her other responsibilities under section 103.


To avoid doubt, no proceedings under subsection (1)(b) may be brought if the documents or information are supplied in the circumstances to which Article 31.1 of the Refugee Convention applies.

Compare: 1987 No 74 ss 126(4), 142(1)(a), (c)