Australia: Australian government has announced changes to its student visa regime including the doubling of working hours limit.
All visa applicants, regardless of country of origin, applying to study in Bachelor, Masters or Doctoral degrees at participating universities, will be treated as though they are lower risk and will need to submit less evidence in support of their visa application. This is applicable from today.
Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen said more flexible work conditions for students will be introduced from Monday.
All students will be entitled to work a maximum 40 hours over a two-week period, rather than being restricted to 20 hours each week.
Post graduate research visa holders will be entitled to work an unlimited amount of hours per week once their course has commenced, he said.
Welcoming the new rules, Australian High Commissioner to India, Peter Varghese in New Delhi said, “these streamlined visa arrangements recognise the strong record of Australia’s universities in attracting high quality students and will not only reduce the complexity of the visa application process but also result in faster processing of student visas.”