Updates for working restrictions for student visa holders

The Australian government has officially announced that working hours for international students will revert to maximum of 40 hours per fortnight after 30 June 2023. Before the 30 June 2023, all ongoing student visa holders are permitted to work more than 40 hours a fortnight.

(Australian Government Department of Home Affairs)

Work restrictions for international students

According to Condition 8105 on student visa, there are some restrictions on the hours that international students can legally work in Australia.

  • Student visa holders are allowed to work for up to 40 hours a fortnight.
  • Working hours during legal holidays and school holidays are not restricted.
  • Students are not allowed work before the course of study commences.
  • For students enrolled in research master and PhD programs, there is no limit on working hours once the course commences.

In order to regulate the overseas study market, the Australia government has deliberately set Condition 8202 in the student visa to avoid the occurrence of students who come to Australia for the purpose of working illegally, not studying.

By law, if one of the requirements is not met, the school must immediately report it to Department of Home Affairs and notify the student in writing that you have violated the visa clause 8202(3)(a) attendance or 8202(3)(b) grade requirement. Students are required to explain the situation within 28 days of the warning letter being sent.

  • Maintain course enrolment
  • Ensure satisfactory course attendance, and
  • Ensure satisfactory course progress.

If you do not meet the course requirements, your visa will be automatically or forcibly cancelled.

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