WORKING IN AUSTRALIA
Working in Australia is the most important factor amongst the international students to choose Australia as their study destination. International students studying in Australia want to work during their degree program but it is very important to know the rules to work in Australia.
WORKING DURING YOUR STUDIES
International students can work 20 hours per week while studying in the university and during the holidays they do not have to follow any limit.
The international students receive permission to work with their visa grant and so is for any family member accompanying the student. After you are granted a visa, you are allowed to travel 90 days prior to your course start date but you cannot start working till your course starts.
You will also have to open a bank account and file taxes if you are working in Australia. To open the bank account you will have to obtain a TFN which you may apply by visiting the tax office in Australia. The international students will receive the return after filing the tax.
Other important rules are that the student should enroll for the consistent program approved by the Australian government and should fulfill the requirements of the program. The student should also maintain the required attendance and overseas student health cover.
Your visa may get canceled if you work more than 20 hours per week or start working before your course begins.
As an international student, it may not be easy to get the job of your interest. Most likely you will get jobs like a babysitter, tutor, supermarket or cinema staff, cleaner, bartender, waiter, translator, etc.
WORKING AFTER YOUR DEGREE COMPLETION
Unlike most English-speaking countries, you are not allowed to stay or work in Australia after completion of your degree but Australia has a good demand for skilled foreign workers. There are different categories open for international students to work in Australia after the completion of their degree program.
485 SKILLED GRADUATE TEMPORARY VISA
This is the most common visa used by international students to work after the completion of their degree program of 2 years(should not be less than 2 years). The students will be able to stay and work for 18 months.
M402 TRAINING AND RESEARCH VISA
If the international students are able to get a job where the employer can sponsor, they are allowed to stay for 2 years to improve their skills.
489 REGIONAL SPONSORED VISA
You can stay and work for 2 years if the relative staying in Australia can sponsor you and can stay up to 4 years if you are sponsored by the regional state or government.
Australia also follows a straightforward system to apply for permanent residency based on the points system.
Following are the criteria’s
- English Language Proficiency
- Work Experience outside Australia
- Work Experience in Australia
- Australian Qualification
- Qualification outside Australia
The visas you can apply for to get permanent residency in Australia are 887 skilled regional residence visas, 885 skilled independent residence visas and 886 skilled sponsored residence visas.