Many visa types require your work history to be assessed. It’s common in these cases for the Department’s case officers to phone up your listed work references to ask them about your employment. It’s also common that the person who picks up the phone is a new secretary, or is out of the office, or otherwise doesn’t know all the details of your employment. We’ve seen a few cases recently where the Department has taken this as a sign that the employment has been faked, and has banned people from Australia through PIC 4020 as a result.
It’s therefore essential that you let your references know that they might be called and tell them not to say anything that they aren’t 100% sure about. They should also tell all employees who might answer phones at the office that if the Department calls, they must not claim that someone never worked for the company without first checking.
If you’re considering a skilled visa, contact us today on 08 6161 9239 to schedule a consultation about your options.