September 2022 Update
The Australian Government has announced that the relaxation of work rights for student visa holders in Australia will continue until 30th June, 2023.
Until 30 June 2023, all ongoing students as well as new student arrivals and secondary applicants are able to work more than 40 hours a fortnight in any sector of the economy and work before their course of study commences.
After the 30th June 2023, the number of hours a Student visa holder will be allowed to work will again be capped.
April 2022 Update
On the 22nd April, 2022 Australian Immigration confirmed that the relaxed work restrictions will continue until further notice.
Students will be able to work before their course of study commences. They will also be able to work more than 40 hours a fortnight in any sector of the economy. More information from Australian Immigration can be found here.
The Australian Government has announced that they have removed the 40 working hours per fortnight cap on student visa holders in Australia. This means international students in Australia will no longer be restricted by how many hours they can work.
In addition to this, student visa holders and any dependents/partners on the student visa can begin working before their course has started.
In further good news for international student visa holders in Aus, if a student visa holder travels to Australia between 19 January to 19 March 2022, they will be eligible for a refund of their visa application charge. Students will be able to apply for a refund up until 31 December 2022. Details of how to apply for a refund will be available shortly.
This is following on from an announcement in May 2021, that international students working in hospitality, tourism and other sectors were no longer restricted with how many hours per week they can work.
The changes are thought to be a result of business groups and industry leaders from the building, construction, hospitality and agriculture sectors putting pressure on the government
Frequently Asked Questions
When do the changes come into effect?
The changes have been approved by the Australian Government and are in place now
How long will the increased work rights last?
After a review announced on April 22nd, 2022 the Australian Government have confirmed that the relaxed restrictions will remain in place until further notice.
If I’m a dependent on a student visa will my work rights be increased?
Yes, as you’re also on a student visa, so your work rights as an international student will be unrestricted
How do I get the increased work rights on my student visa?
You don’t need to do anything, you can contact your employer
How will I know if/when the restrictions are changed back to normal?
Your employer will be notified when your restrictions are back to 40 hours per fortnight