Did you know that you can actually work using a student visa? Most countries do not allow students to work outside of school. In countries like the U.S.A and Singapore, student visas have certain limitations. Whether you are in a scholarship or not, you cannot be legally employed. However, there are countries that allow you to work while on a student visa. One of those countries is Australia. In these countries, you can be legally employed without a work visa!
How does it work?
A student visa is for persons of any age who want to go to Australia to study. It does not matter what course you are in enrolled in. As a student, you are legally allowed to work for 40 hours in a two week period. Basically, that’s 20 hours of work per week or part-time work hours. During scheduled course break, the restrictions are lifted. You can work on a full-time basis.
Don’t be discouraged by the limited work hours. Even under a student visa, you still retain employee rights. Your employer should pay you the official minimum wage of $16.37 per hour. That’s $327.40 (Php11,500) per week of part-time work.
What course should I take?
You have two major course options: Language and Vocational. Language courses are very popular. Good English skills allow you to be competitive in the work market. A vocational training course is another option. Vocational training courses (VET) give you a certification that you can use for future employment. It takes less time than a full degree. You also have an option to pay through installments. The best thing about VET is that the class hours are flexible. It will allow you to work while studying.
What do I need for a Student Visa?
There are 3 main requirements: a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE), a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) and Financial Statement. A GTE ensures that an applicant has genuine intentions. They want to make sure that you are really going to Australia to study. The COE comes from the school. If they don’t provide one, a Letter of Offer is accepted. The financial statement proves that you can fund your studies.
But you don’t need to be able to provide the funds yourself. You are allowed to have a sponsor. A parent, spouse, a sibling or a close relative are accepted sponsors.
More info about Student Visa Requirements
TIPS for Sponsored Finances and OFWs who can provide their own Financial Statement
- Uncles/aunts or cousins are only accepted sponsors if they live in Australia.
- If your relative is an OFW in another country, they can open an account under your name. Certification from the bank or bank slips under your name are accepted.
- Another option is a bank loan using your relative’s financial statement. A certified bank loan is just as good as a bank slip. Obtain a copy of your relative’s employee contract. If the contract is in another language, like Arabic, Dutch or Norwegian an official translation is needed.
You may have worked as an OFW in Norway, Japan or another country. To prove your financial resources you can use your Bank Statement, Pay Slip or Income Tax Return. The Australian embassy will need an English translation of these documents. A submitted Japanese or Norwegian translation has to be official. This is done by a Certificate of Translation and a Translators Seal.
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