Work in Australia: Should You Get a Student Visa?
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you are looking for jobs abroad, particularly in Australia, you may have come across advertisements that <a href="https://blog.trueprofile.io/avoid-ofw-scams/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">promise you work</a> via a student visa. They may also admit that they are not <a href="https://blog.trueprofile.io/recognize-illegal-recruiter/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">job placement agencies</a>, but “guarantee” that you’ll be off to Australia in no time. They may also promise no placement fees and a free assessment. But remember that there’s no such thing as a free lunch.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">What is a Student Visa?</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A </span><a href="https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/stud" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Student Visa (subclass 500)</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> issued by the Australian Government will allow you to study and work in Australia. Yes, you can work once classes start. The caveat is that you are only limited to 40 hours of work per two weeks. Once classes are on break (aka vacation), then you can work unlimited hours. That’s if you immediately find extra work. In the meantime, you have to pay for your school fees, projects, accommodation, transportation, and of course, food. Unless you’re a </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inedia" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">breatharian</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> &#8211; in which case why do you need to work?</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">How much do I need to prepare?</span></h2> <figure class="wp-block-image alignnone size-large wp-image-5203 size-full"><img loading="lazy" width="1024" height="641" src="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-870902-1024x641.jpg" alt="Work in Australia: Should You Get a Student Visa?" class="wp-image-9925" title="Work in Australia: Should You Get a Student Visa?" srcset="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-870902-1024x641.jpg 1024w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-870902-300x188.jpg 300w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-870902-768x481.jpg 768w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-870902-1200x751.jpg 1200w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-870902.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /><figcaption>You need to have serious funds to get a student visa.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To qualify for a Student Visa, you must be enrolled in a </span><a href="http://cricos.education.gov.au/Course/CourseSearch.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Commonwealth Register of Institutions and courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS)</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> accredited school. That means paying at least 50% of the tuition fee. Aside from this, you need to either show that your personal annual income is AUD 60,000 </span><b>or</b><span style="font-weight: 400;"> have evidence of funds. You can go the easier way, which is to </span><a href="https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/stud/more/student-visa-living-costs-and-evidence-of-funds" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">show funds</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> of at least AUD$20,290 (representing 12 months of living expenses) plus AUD$2,000 (airfare) plus tuition fee for one year &#8211; let’s say AUD$8,000 (less tuition already paid. In short, you need a minimum of AUD$30,290.00. This needs to be in your bank for a minimum of 3 months before you lodge your application. The visa itself costs from AUD$575.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Do I have a guarantee that I can get a work visa?</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There is no guarantee that you can get a work visa after you finish your studies. It all depends on whether the occupation that you’re qualified for is still included in the </span><a href="https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/work/work/skills-assessment-and-assessing-authorities/skilled-occupations-lists/combined-stsol-mltssl" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Skilled Occupations List</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> once you’re done. There are some people who have successfully gone the Student Visa way, though. I personally know one and she studied Nursing in Sydney. She&#8217;s now an Australian citizen together with her son whom she included in her student visa application. Ultimately, only you can decide whether the payoff is worth the gamble.</span></p>