Presenting Your CV for an Australia Visa Application

in Migration Application Concerns
8 Mar 2016  |  0 Comments

Applying for a visa to live and work in another country can be a nerve-wracking process. However, there are steps that you can take to increase the chances of your application being accepted. One of these is to ensure that you have an up-to-date résumé which provides all of the information required by the Australian Government.

CV For Visa Application

Some tips on providing the perfect CV include:

  • Be specific. When applying for a job, you may choose to leave off certain employers if you only worked with them for a short period or if that work was in a different industry to the employment you are seeking. If you are applying for an Australian visa on the basis of your pre-existing skills, the Australian Government will need to know exact details of your commencement and end dates, the type of work you undertook, your qualifications, and where and when those qualifications were obtained. Include any evidence that you have to support your claims.

  • Provide evidence of your English skills. Ensure that your résumé is presented in impeccable English. Immigration agents can assist you to prepare a professional résumé that reads well and highlights your English skills.

  • Provide evidence of testing. If you have undertaken any formal English study qualifications, ensure that these are listed in your CV and highlight your results – especially if you have done well! Highlight the individual areas of testing competency. This means that even though you may have failed the spoken component of the test, for example, the person reviewing your résumé can see that your written English is strong.

  • Leave out the fluff. You will have the opportunity to discuss why you wish to move to Australia in other areas of your application, but this is not relevant to your résumé. A detailed summary of your educational and employment qualifications, history and skills is what is required.

  • Keep it simple. Bear in mind that the person reviewing your application is unlikely to have technical knowledge about your usual occupation – they are well versed in their field, namely visa applications, and may have no idea what you are talking about if you go into specialised detail. Stay specific, but keep your descriptions and explanations simple.

  • Do not lie. If you are caught out – and given the extensive research conducted by migration case officers, this is a distinct possibility – you will throw your entire application into jeopardy over what may have been a relatively small lie designed to impress the case officer.

The contents of your résumé may need to be tailored depending on whether you apply for a citizenship visa, a family visa or a skilled migrant visa. Consult with an immigration agent for more advice on the most suitable visa for your requirements, and other tips on preparing your application.

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