Student Visa Rules
Many international students who study abroad in Australia will want to work during their time spent studying in the country. For these students, it is important to know the rules of your student visa when it comes to working.
Work rules for international students
International students in Australia with an official student visa can work up to 20 hours a week during the session, and there is no restriction on the number of hours an international student may work during recognized school or college holidays. A week of work in Australia is considered from Monday to Sunday following. Although they are allowed to enter Australia until 90 days before the course begins, students are not allowed to start working until after they have started their courses.
The limit of 20 hours a week does not extend to any work that the student must perform as a component of their studies or training. Voluntary and unpaid work, however, counts for 20 hours. In case that an international student works more than the Australian restrictions allow, his visa can be canceled.
Work rules for relatives of international students
The family members (spouses and children) who accompany the international student with their student visa have the same labor rights as the student: 20 hours per week. Unlike students, family members cannot exceed 20 hours per week, even during holidays. For those students who obtain a graduate degree, such as a master’s degree, your family can work unlimited hours. Like students, family members can not start working until after the student has begun their course.
Work permits and visa applications
Prior to April 26, 2008, students requesting a student visa to Australia had to apply separately for work permits. However, as of April 26, 2008, students can now receive permission to work along with their visa grant. This applies to both the student and any family member who may be traveling with the student under their visa. This saves students time and money when applying for visas and work permits. The visa application fee in Australia is $ 535.
International students who desire to study in Australia must first be accepted into an Australian education institute before applying for a student visa. While applying for a visa, students must furnish confirmation of registration issued by the Australian educational institution to which the student intends to attend as part of their application. This serves as evidence that the student is indeed staying in Australia for an educational plan. It is also suggested that students apply for a visa as soon as possible to begin their stay in Australia, owing to the time it can take to process a visa application.
Additional rules and regulations
1. Students are required to follow a consistent program of study that has been approved by the Australian government.
2. Students must fulfill all the requirements of the study program in which they are enrolled.
3. Students must maintain good attendance in their course and progress of the course for each study period as required by their school.
4. Students are required to maintain health coverage for foreign students (O.S.H.C).
Working during your stay in Australia is an excellent opportunity for international students to supplement their finances. However, it is extremely important to know the restrictions imposed on you as an international student. If you breach any of these conditions, a student visa may be revoked and you may be deported outside of Australia.