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457 Visa - Character Requirements/Criminal Record

Hello All,

I am hoping to get some advice and opinion on the character requirement for the 457 visa. I have just been offered the job of my life with a fortune 50 company in Australia. That company has enlisted the services of a firm to process my visa and one of the questions they ask on the form is, have I been convicted of a crime or offence in a country (including those now removed from official records).

I have a couple of drinking and driving arrests from over 7 years ago that I am not even sure appear in my record anymore. The last one, I had to spend a couple of weeks in Jail. Should I be concerned that this would be cause for visa issues or application rejection?

Any information related to this would be greatly appreciated as I am starting to get nervous.

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You shouldn't be concerned - as long as you are open and honest about it on your application, and your convictions didn't lead to a sentence of 12 months or more, you're fine. Definitely don't lie - it won't impact your application, but if you lied and it showed up in your police report, THEN it WOULD impact your application because you gave misleading information.

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Thanks CollegeGirl,

This is very helpful information and makes me fill a bit more at ease. Still worried about my future employer finding out though as they have hired a company to help process the visa.

BTW, what does "PMV" stand for?


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Old 08-04-2014, 10:39 AM
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Prospective Marriage Visa (also called the fiancee visa). I came over on that one, and am on a spouse visa now that I'm married.

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Hi Globe-trotter -

All migration agents are bound by a code of conduct that requires strict confidentiality. For purposes of the 457 visa application, you are the client, whether you pay the agent or the company pays the agent. You may want to confirm with the agent that any information specific to you that is not part of the nomination application will be held in strictest confidence by the agent. If the agent is not willing to do this, then I'd find another agent if you're concerned about the information being transferred to the company. These types of situations are common for 457 situations, and experienced agents will know how to manage these 2 parallel relationships/confidences.

Hope this helps -

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Thanks CollegeGirl,

This is very helpful information and makes me fill a bit more at ease. Still worried about my future employer finding out though as they have hired a company to help process the visa.

BTW, what does "PMV" stand for?

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