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Student visas have a condition that you cannot work more than 40 hours per fortnight while your course is “in session.” This means that while you are going to classes or sitting exams, you cannot work full time. While your course is having a mid-semester or end-of-year break, you are able to work full time hours. Even if you quit your course or stop studying for any reason, you cannot work more than 40 hours per fortnight while the course that you were enrolled in is in session.

If you breach this condition, your visa may be cancelled. However, the government knows that many employers take advantage of student workers and force them to work long hours while paying under the minimum wage. If this is happening to you, you can report your employer to Fair Work Australia. The Department has agreed with Fair Work that they will not cancel visas of students just for reporting their employers. For more information, see this fact sheet: https://www.fairwork.gov.au/about-us/our-role/corporate/open-letter-to-international-students

If you’re on a student visa and want to know your options for after you finish studying, contact us today on 08 6161 9239 for a consultation.

Anand Gupta

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