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Study abroad: Australia's new student visa regulations
Pushpinder Bhatia
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May 13, 2008

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship of Australia has introduced new changes to support and service Indian students.

The most highlighted point is the inclusion of work rights on all initial student visa grants. This would be beneficial in terms of time and cost, as it removes the need for student visa holders to make a separate application for permission to work.

From April 26, 2008, onwards, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship has increased the Student Visa Application Charge to AUD 450 as this fee includes the fee for applying for a work permit. Prior to April 26, 2008, students had to pay AUD 430 as student visa application and on course commencement, apply for work rights by paying a charge of AUD 60.

These changes however have no effect on the work rights. Students are allowed to work 20 hours a week while the course is in session and full-time during scheduled course breaks. 

Neither the student nor the family members are allowed to work before the commencement of course of the primary applicant. Family members (except those of research students) are only able to work 20 hours per week.

Moreover, all students who have received visa approvals through e-Visa will no more require visa evidencing / visa stamping on their passport. This means another saving of Rs 281 per passport for each individual case. A copy of their approval letter and entitlement letter will be enough for traveling to Australia.

Education Providers will be able to confirm the visa information by using the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) system.

The writer is CEO of PAC Asia Services, a leading study abroad consultant of the country. He is a permanent resident of Australia and guides students aspiring to study abroad. For more information, one may visit or call at 0172-4618383.

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