Once your Student visa has been granted, it will last for the entire duration of your studies (including holiday periods). Your Student visa will also allow you some time to remain in Australia at the end of your course. This additional time can range from between one to three months, depending on the length of your course and the month in which it ends.
On a Student visa, you will be able to work up to 40 hours per fortnight during the official hours of that term of study. You will also be permitted to work full time during the holidays. Your Student visa will automatically issue with ‘permission to work’ attached. However, as our migration lawyers will caution you, you are not allowed to begin working until your course has commenced, even if your visa is issued much earlier than your course commencement date. Your Student visa for Australia will often be issued earlier than your course commencement date, to allow you time to arrive in Australia, get settled in your temporary new home, and adjust to the Australian climate and lifestyle. It is also important to note that work required as part of your course of study is not included in the 40 hour per fortnight limitation.
If you are doing voluntary, unpaid work, this is also not included in the limitation of 40 hours per fortnight, but only if this voluntary work is of benefit to the community or for a non-profit organisation and would not otherwise be undertaken in return for wages by an Australian resident. This kind of work must be genuinely voluntary.
When you apply for your Student visa for Australia, you can also include your partner, children, or other dependents on your application if you would like these people to accompany you to Australia on your Student visa.
A parent or a guardian can also apply for a Student Guardian visa if he or she would like to be in Australia to provide care and support for a Student visa holder. There can be only one Student Guardian visa holder at any given time in respect of a particular student visa holder There are certain limited circumstances which may exempt you from this requirement – our migration lawyer or registered migration agent can assist you if you think that the student needs more than one guardian.
If you are on a Student Guardian visa, you can stay in Australia for the same length of time as the student visa holder in respect of whom you hold this visa or until the nominating student turns 18 years of age. As a Student Guardian, you can now study in Australia for up to 20 hours per week in an English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) or a course other than ELICOS in Australia for up to three months.
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See also: Immigration FAQs