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Explaining Visa status on a CV

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    Guest RachelPatrick

    Hi all

     

    Lovely sunny day here in Adelaide!

     

    A quick question, Patrick has just arrived and is putting his CV together. He's here on my 457 Visa and can of course work - what's the best way to explain it? A less is more approach as in:

     

    Visa Status: Full working rights in Australia

     

    or, should we be more descriptive?

     

    Also, his background is finance - general and specialising in tax... any suggestion of any good recruitment agents or contacts would be very gratefully received!

     

    Cheers

    Rachel

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    It's a great question and I'd say keep it simple. Most employers don't know the first thing about visa types and the last thing I'd do is go into detail about the 457 and how it's a temporary visa but allows holders to work for up to four years etc... I'd go along with your description or something along the lines of 'visa holder with the right to live and work in Australia'.

     

    Jim

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    Guest Claire-n-tel

    When we arrived on a 457.......it was a good few years ago admittedly......Tel did not even mention visas on his CV.....why give anyone a reason to think it might be an issue......

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    I think that if all previous jobs shown on the CV have been in a different country then stating that you have a right to work here makes perfect sense, but each to their own!

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    The people who seem to have problems getting jobs are often the ones who mention visas. Most companies don't even think of them of you don't mention it to them.

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    Guest Claire-n-tel

    There is no legal reason to mention it......morally?.....well tbh If you have full working rights then I don't think even morally you need to mention it.

     

    if you are invited for interview and are asked about it then you can say you have recently relocated to Australia and have full working rights.

     

    People are often too eager to try to explain things when often there is no need, the chances are whoever is interviewing you will have come across someone with an English accent in their professional or personal life who is living and working here.

     

    As much as we all know about visas on here most of the Australian public will have no idea about them. How much do we know about visas in the uk?

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    On the flip side to these comments, I've read a fair few articles on finding work in Adelaide and more than several stated to put visa on your resume.

     

    It said that if they didn't know what visa you were on then they presume you need sponsorship.

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    On the flip side to these comments, I've read a fair few articles on finding work in Adelaide and more than several stated to put visa on your resume.

     

    It said that if they didn't know what visa you were on then they presume you need sponsorship.

    Maybe for massive corporations with experience of sponsoring people, but most employers don't have a clue about visas.

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    It might be different if you are applying when you are not here, but when you are here I believe most think if you apply for a job and don't mention sponsorship then you have work rights.

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    It is up to the employer to check you are legal. They should ask for ID and if you have the right to work at some point, so prepare an answer.

     

    My son was asked for proof of working rights as he didn't have Aus passport or birth certificate. That was for a casual bar job at an independent cafe. His Aussie driving license was not enough.

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    Absolute nonsense. I've had 3 employers since emigrating here on a State sponsored 475 temp visa and not one of them has brought up my visa. I currently work for a bank. My eldest son works for the Premier's Department and had no issues either (5 years). BTW we are now all Aussie citizens. The short and simple answer is, don't mention it. If the question gets asked, then you can enlighten them to your visa status.

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    I've also had three employers and only had to show my passport to one (a uni, you expect their hr department to he a bit more up on visas).

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    Well my son was asked by three potential employers up front.

     

    maybe they are tighter now as employers do face heavy fines if they employ illegal workers.

     

    Possibly more common with casual jobs.

     

    Just saying to to expect to be asked.

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    Guest Claire-n-tel

    I don't think anyone is saying that you "won't" be asked, the question was regarding statements on CV's.

     

    personally I would not put anything on my cv and I would be ready with a print out of my visa page to provide if asked.

     

    there have been hefty fines in place for a long time, is you son 'gap year age' I would guess you might be more likely to be asked if they think you may be on whv.

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    I agree jim and Adele. When we came over in June and I applied for jobs, when potential employers contacted me the first thing they asked was what my visa situation was as all my work history was in the UK. So In that respect I think it makes perfect sense.

     

    Employers have to have some knowledge regards visas or else there's a risk of illegally employing someone. So I think it's always worth mentioning.

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    I was advised by some top headhunters to mention the fact that I had 'full working rights' on my cv; this was just enough information without inviting scrutiny. Obviously, all my education and work experience was overseas. When my first dream job turned up, I didn't want to take the chance of having my resume tossed aside because there was a lack of transparency vis a vis my working status. After I was given a job offer I had to submit my credentials and proof of legal status.

     

    Now I have pertinent Australian work experience and have removed it entirely from my cv.

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    The point I was making was to expect to be asked at some point and have an answer ready. Up to you if you mention it up front.

     

    I think it is possible you may never be asked but the employer would be taking a risk.

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    Personally I gave not only notification that I have the legal right to live and work in Australia but also provided my visa number so it could be checked. I have nothing to hide, always prefer to be honest and secured a well paid senior role before leaving the UK.

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