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roshini 03-15-2012 03:32 AM

Finding work on a spouse visa
 
Hey all,

Just wondering if anyone is having problems finding work on a spouse visa? I am married to a Kiwi and can live and work up to 5 years in Australia with no work restrictions. However, most companies and recruitment agencies are turning me down saying that I need to be a PR or an Australian Citizen for some jobs. I think this is ridiculous! I am qualified and experienced like every one else and it's silly to think that the Australia Govt is issuing spouse visas but it's pointless if people like me can't work!

Is anyone else going through a similar problem like me? Please share your experience.

Thanks!

Megha 03-15-2012 06:10 AM

Hi Roshni,

From a few people I've talked to about this the response is a mixed bag. While some cases work out perfectly, other jobs insist on certain criteria like visa status and the like. We're on a TR at the
moment, I've been advised to look for work regardless, and also keenly scout for part time work to notch up experience for places that insist on special criteria, it helps get your foot in the door so to speak. Hope this helps, keep looking something will work out!

Cheers,
Megha

cu59105 03-15-2012 08:11 AM

Hi, I am in the same tough spot..only on a bridging visa with no work restrictions , awaiting my partner visa. I have been looking since the middle of January. I have 10 years retail with a large company in the USA. I forget how many applications I have put in with only 1 call back.. It is depressing and hard for me to sit home all day when I am use to working 40 hours a week.. I came to Australia to be with the love of my life. the man I walked away from 26 years ago but never forgot.... It is getting to the point of questioning why I am here if I am just going to be a burden on my husband.. Stress can really mess with your mind .
I feel for you ....And I dont understand why ... when you have the qualifications , you cant get a job..I mean I am no one special but even trying to get a part time position is almost impossible ...and it is not the economy here that is holding me back form work.. The jobs are out there...

Nelly87 03-15-2012 12:31 PM

I don't have a partner visa yet, but I do think *some* Australian employers sell themselves short by their approach to immigrants.

I understand that permanent residence feels like a guarantee that they are investing in someone who will stay around - it's an understandable train of thought but it's not realistic. There is never any guarantee that any employee will stick around at your company, and even permanent residents leave Australia. You don't know how committed someone is to working and staying here until you talk to them about it.

The same for the "local experience" criteria - again I understand that they think it is a guarantee that you can function in a working position in Australia and that your work ethic was apparently good enough for another company in the area that they probably know about. Just like if you are from a non-English speaking country, they only have limited ways to see if your communication skills really are sharp enough; local experience is an easy way to show it without degrees. That you at least know enough English to function in a professional position here.

But by thinking this way, by separating potential potential from no potential so roughly they miss out on a lot. I can tell you right now that there have been jobs I applied for where I am *sure* I must have been one of the most suitable candidates... but black on white it doesn't look that way because of my visa and nationality, and they would've only been able to see past that if they had invited me for an interview. CVs don't tell you if someone is presentable, genuine and serious about the job. Anyone can send over a CV. It's too bad employers don't see it this way.

To be fair I am not saying this "against Australia" - my Aussie boyfriend tried to find work in *my* country for 11 months and never found anything, I would hope Australia's a bit more welcoming than that.

holly 03-25-2012 02:33 PM

I think it's really hard for most people to get an interview for any largely advertised job in the capital cities.

Certainly even I as an Aussie won't always get call backs, it's all about who you know.... But by that I mean , who will vouch for you! If you can find anyway to meet anyone who has anything to do with the actual hiring and firing, do it.

Or be prepared to move to e regional area. I often hear people complaining about not even getting 1 application to their advertised position.

The more enticing the job, the more applications so it probably has less to do with your visa than you think, but yes that would add to it.

I hope this made sense haha

ebolarama 03-27-2012 06:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by roshini (Post 51751)
Hey all,

Just wondering if anyone is having problems finding work on a spouse visa? I am married to a Kiwi and can live and work up to 5 years in Australia with no work restrictions. However, most companies and recruitment agencies are turning me down saying that I need to be a PR or an Australian Citizen for some jobs. I think this is ridiculous! I am qualified and experienced like every one else and it's silly to think that the Australia Govt is issuing spouse visas but it's pointless if people like me can't work!

Is anyone else going through a similar problem like me? Please share your experience.

Thanks!

I'm on a Working Holiday visa and I'm having the same problem. A lot of companies won't hire me because I'm not a citizen. I understand, though, as they're only allowed to employ me for 6 months, but I want to stay in Australia (Going De Facto in December). I think it is a bit unfair how no one will even look at me because of the visa I'm on. I'm really struggling here at the moment. It's worrying me now that I won't be able to find work next year when I go De Facto :(

scarlettku 03-28-2012 08:14 AM

hi all,
I have the same situation here. I have 7 years experience as a manager and not able to find a suitable job for months. I guess the main problem is that I am still on a bridging visa (with no work restrictions). My friends from EY said they have a lot of TR working there, maybe some of you can try.

Dexter 03-28-2012 08:59 PM

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And I dont understand why
Because your visa is not permanent. I am an employer myself and I am reluctant to hire temporary visa holders regardless their skills, experience and qualifications. Their visa may be cancelled anytime and once it is, I lose an employee immediately. This is high risk for my business - each employee costs money and not only you pay them but you also invest in their development. Same story about student visa

Try looking for temporary contracts/temporary employment. Sooner or later you will find something that will give you work. I did that when I was on briding visa in Australia and it worked. There are heaps of temporary offers on seek and careerone. And if you see "residency requirements - PR or citizen" - try applying anyway. Some of these websites offer this setting and something needs to be selected. Most companies select PR and citizen as standard.

Nelly87 03-31-2012 12:53 PM

Thank you Dexter for explaining it from the other side! It gets really frustrating to get rejection after rejection and still not take it personally - it's easy to forget about the other reasons you are simply less eligible as an employee.

However I do want to ask you something - you name as the first problem that a temporary visa may be cancelled anytime, so investing in these people is a high risk for the business. I am not sure but doesn't there need to be a really valid reason for a visa to just be cancelled out of the blue? Wouldn't someone have to break the (immigration/labour or otherwise) law? Or shouldn't there at least be severe circumstances? Because to be fair anyone could get arrested at any time for any crime and that can also terminate their employment.

Or am I misinformed here on the rules of cancelling visas?

cu59105 03-31-2012 09:16 PM

And to keep nelly87 posts going.....

Wont the Immigration give you notice before you have to leave?? So you have time to give your employer notice and give them time to find a replacement?? Not sure what amount of time that is here but in the USA you give 2 weeks notice before you leave..

In my profession, retail, there is a high turnover anyway... so not having a perm visa, to me, doesnt seem fair...

just my thoughts and after 3 months of looking and hearing "your visa is not what we are looking for" it is becoming personal and depressing... feeling very depressed.......


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