Relaxation of unlimited work rights for international students ends on the 30th June 2023.
To help Australia cope with workforce shortages, the Department of Home Affairs suspended student visa conditions of working only 40 hours per fortnight. All international student visa holders have been allowed to work more than their usual limit of 40 hours per fortnight. This is across ALL industries and all sectors, not just in the critical sectors.
Usually, if you are an international student, you first have to wait until your course starts before you can also start working. You must also wait until you are on your semester break before you can work full time. Usually, your dependents are also restricted to only being able to work for 20 hours a week regardless.
The relaxation of work rights means that the Department of Home Affairs will not be monitoring how many hours you or your dependent works before or during the semester. This all comes to an end on the 30th June 2023.
Margie Dizon, Registered Migration Agent for Migration Corporation of Australia Pty Ltd explains, “All student visa holders and their dependents can still work unlimited hours. This means that if you hold an international student visa for Australia, you can work even before you start your course and throughout the semester for unlimited hours. However, the conditions that were originally imposed on your student visa will be enforced from 30th June next year (2023). This includes only being able to work for 40 hours per fortnight if this condition was originally on your visa.”
Note that this temporary suspension was due to be reviewed in April 2022 but no review happened until now.
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