Until 15 December 2012, the Personal Information Form was the principal application form that all refugee claimants needed to fill out once they made a refugee claim. So, if you or someone you know made a claim prior to this date, you or they would have filled out a Personal Information Form (PIF). Any claimants who made their claims after December 2012 are required to complete a Basis of Claim Form. This form is the basis of your entire claim and extreme care is necessary when filling out this form. Claimants are advised to always instruct a lawyer to fill out this form for them as this would certainly reduce delay, complications, and expenses at a later stage.