On 8 May 2021, the Australian government announced two important updates for student visa holders.
Working hour cap temporarily removed
For international students working whilst on a Subclass 500 visa, the 40-hour fortnightly working hour limit for when your course is in session will be temporarily removed if you are employed in the following sectors:
· Employed by an aged care Approved Provider or Commonwealth-funded aged care service provider with a RACS ID or a NAPS ID, before 8 September 2020;
· Employed by a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme provider;
· Enrolled in a health care related course and you are supporting the health effort against COVID-19, as directed by health officials;
· Employed in the agriculture sector; or,
· Employed in the tourism and hospitality sector.
To check if you fall within these categories, refer to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) system for definitions of each sector.
However, students need to ensure they continue to comply with their student visa conditions including:
· Maintaining enrolment in their course;
· Ensuring satisfactory course attendance; and
· Ensuring satisfactory course progress.
Students holding a Subclass 500 visa should regularly refer to the Department of Home Affairs website regarding the working hours cap as this is a temporary change.
Access to the Subclass 408 visa
Students holding a Subclass 500 visa may also be eligible to apply for a Subclass 408 visa under the COVID-19 Pandemic event if:
· You are working or have an offer of employment in the critical sectors mentioned above; and,
· You have finished your course.
Upon meeting these requirements, you can only apply for this visa 90 days before your student visa is due to expire. This visa will allow you to remain in Australia for up to an additional 12 months.
If you are interested in applying for a Subclass 408 visa, or wish to learn more about the recent changes, please contact our friendly team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 02 9283 5290 to schedule a consultation.