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2 Sep 2015

Presenting your CV for Australian Visa application

If you’re thinking of migrating to Australia, you’ll need to obtain an Australian Visa in order to work. In order to maximise your chances of success, we’ve put together some “need to know” points about presenting your CV for Australian Visa applications.

Remember, it isn’t a job application.

When you’re applying for a Visa, your CV should focus on facts that you can prove, that will show you meet the eligibility criteria for the Visa you’re applying for.

What to include:

Dates: When applying for a Visa, all dates must be provided in DD/MM/YYYY format.

Supplying accurate dates in this format is essential for data entry into governmental systems, and calculating eligibility for different things such as work experience, and things relevant to the number of years of experience you have.

Exact Employment and Education History:

Being exact with your employment history is important for use when the government is determining eligibility for skill based visas. Here’s what you need to include:

*Specific dates for commencement and termination of employment and qualifications (including whether your qualification was full or part time, and the length of study.)

* A short overview of your job positions, with a list of tasks

* Your country of employment and education.

Outcomes of English Tests:

These are critical for a large number of Australian Visas. If you have any result, list:

* The name of test, e.g. IELTS or OET.

* The date of the test report

* The results for each individually part of the test (speaking, reading, writing and listening), not just your overall score.

Outcomes of Skill Assessments:

This will only be relevant if you have had your skills assessed for the purpose of migration, but if you have include all details such as:

* The name and ANZSCO occupation assessed.

* The name of the assessing authority

* The date of outcome, and whether the outcome was positive or negative

Licences and Registration:

List all details of any licenses and registration you have, such as:

* Which occupation is licensed or registered

* The name of licence or registration

* The date it was awarded, and whether it’s current

* The country of award

Just like with work CVs, there are things you shouldn’t include. Such as:

Your personal statement, and career goals: Just stick to the things listed above; they don’t need to know about your career goals, what you like to do in your free time, or what your referees think of you.

Improper formatting isn’t acceptable; you need to format your CV like the professional document it is. Be consistent, and present your CV professionally. You don’t want to risk the Department of Immigration thinking you’re not what you say you are.

The main thing to include is PROOF.

What your CV should be doing is proving that you meet the eligibility requirements for an Australian Visa.

Make sure that everything on your CV that you’re using to support your Visa application is completely accurate and you have supporting documents; you will need to provide evidence and prove all of your claims.

If you make statements that are found to be false or misleading then you may find your Visa application refused, and have a three year ban placed on further applications.


Sheila Woods

Posted by: Sheila Woods

A very experienced migration agent, Sheila has always been fascinated by this field. Her university degree thesis was on Australia’s post-war immigration history (and it earned her first-class honours).


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