I was hoping somebody could let me know if it was just me or if it is the visa making life a bit difficult. I've noticed amongst the threads that it might be the visa...
I'm currently living in Adelaide after coming over in May 2009 on my 475 visa. All was good and well, and took the first couple of weeks off to arrange for a flat, car, exploring, etc. It was when I started searching for work that I began to get a bit worried. MANY jobs(especially larger companies) very clearly states in bold: ONLY Aus citizens or PR may apply. I didnt even get a reply to 95% of my applications, and many of them was pretty much entry level or part time. So its not that I was being picky or applying out of my league. 475 is for skilled migrants(ie, degree educated and/or experience) I changed my CV to state: probationary PR with a link to explain what 475 is... At present I'm employed as a full time casual on commission only. (This raises another concern when looking to move over to PR)
Secondly, trying to get car finance is out of the question. You must have PR to even apply to again 99% of institutions. I allready paid 3 months rent in advance because I guess the "trust" issue of the visa and now have to buy a $10000 car cash too since my cheapie I bought when I arrived is on its last legs.
I can go on for a while on many small issues where I just found that the 475 is not really recognised(insurance, bank accounts, money transfers even) so I usually state either work visa or PR which its is neither, but those are the two options available on most forms.
Now, I was never hoping for handouts or privilages but it feels a bit like discrimination. Companies dont want to worry, therefor they weed out all student/tourist/other visas which makes it hard to try and explain to the recruitment agent that you are, I guess, a fencesitter. They dont want to research what its all about since it will change again tomorrow...
I am very fortunate to be in Aus, I understand there were some major changes soon after I left and will happily do all by the book to move on to PR. I just wish that these bridging visas were more acceptable or that at least somebody in the state or federal government were aware that their "skilled" migrants are stuck sometimes working at K-Mart, Mcdonalds or cleaning since companies dont want to know anything about us and dont want to risk finance to help stimulate the economy.
Is it just me or is this a known issue. Any feedback would be great.