January 20, 2022

Important changes to Australian visa work conditions for International Students and Working Holiday Makers

Australia is suffering from significant workforce shortages in all industries. The Australian Government announced that International Students allowed extra hours in all sectors of the economy. This takes effect immediately for all ongoing students as well as new student arrivals. This means that international students are allowed to work more than 40 hours a fortnight in any sector of the economy. This also includes secondary applicants, e.g. partners.

New student visa arrivals are allowed to commence a job prior to course commencement. This means that international students and their dependents can work before their course commences and work more than 40 hours a fortnight in any sector of the economy. 

This is a temporary arrangement and will be reviewed by the Australian Government in April 2022.

Good news also for Working Holiday Visa holders who will have no limit on the time they can work for the same employer. This is effective immediately until the end of 2022.

Furthermore, Student Visa holders may be eligible for a visa application charge (VAC) refund if they travel to Australia between 19 January to 19 March 2022. Further details on the refund policy are yet to be announced but it looks like it will only apply to applicants who applied whilst offshore.

Any Working Holiday Maker visa holder who is currently offshore and travels to Australia between 19 January and 19 April 2022 will be eligible for a refund of their visa application charge.

The current VAC for a Student visa is AUD630 and for a Working Holiday Maker it is AUD495. The VAC refund includes secondary visa holders, e.g. partners and children.

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8 Replies to “Important changes to Australian visa work conditions for International Students and Working Holiday Makers”

  1. Tory Sment says: February 3, 2022 at 7:06 am

    Hi Auspire Team,

    I study graphic design. Is this change for all students and no matter what type of work?

    Thanks for keeping us up to date!!

    1. Auspire Immigration says: February 3, 2022 at 11:59 am

      Hi Tory,

      Yes it is indeed for all international students!! The Australian economy needs all hands on deck.
      Please reach out, if you need our assistance!

  2. Michael Nadeev says: February 6, 2022 at 12:55 pm

    Hi Auspire Team!

    I’m nearly finished with my degree and would like to apply for a 485 Visa. However, I’m not sure about which stream and if I qualify.
    Can you help me?

    1. Auspire Immigration says: February 6, 2022 at 2:01 pm

      Hi Michael,

      Yes sure, we are more than happy to help you!
      It depends what course you have studied and for how long. We can make an assessment of your visa eligibility, including the 485 Graduate Visa and the relevant streams. Please book your consultation here
      Speak soon!

  3. Wanda Jin says: February 21, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    Good day!

    I am an international student in Sydney and I would like to stay in Australia. Can you help me?

    1. Auspire Immigration says: February 21, 2022 at 6:52 pm

      Hi Wanda,

      Yes absolutely, we can help you! In fact it is our specialty to help clients get from Student Visa to Permanent Residency in less than 5 years!
      Book your call with our migration team for advice and assistance!

      We are very excited to assisting you!!

  4. Sasha Kulca says: February 22, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Hi Auspire Team!

    I’m on a 485 Graduate Visa and want to get Permanent Residency. I don’t know if I have any chances and I would like you to help me. I heard really good things about your agency and that you have smart lawyers, good reviews.
    How much do you charge to get PR?

    1. Auspire Immigration says: February 23, 2022 at 12:36 pm

      Hi Sasha!

      Yes of course, we would love to help you gain Permanent Residency in Australia. The 1st step is a consultation with our legal team so we can assess your visa options and work out a strategy for you!
      Book your appointment here
      Speak soon!

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