11 August 2008

Students on Australian visa warned not to work over limit

Students on an Australian visa are being warned not to break the law by working for longer hours than is permitted. People who have engaged in immigration to Australia are limited to a 20-hour working week, but some are employed for longer than this, reports the Australian.

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, told the newspaper those breaching the 20-hour limit risk two years in jail. However, student bodies have canvassed for this limit to be increased to allow students on an Australian visa to work for longer.

In particular the taxi-cab industry is being targeted; people in the business are saying each shift lasts for 12-hours, so it is very easy for students to go over their limit. The National Liaison Committee for International Students in Australia added that increasing living costs were leading more people to opt to work longer hours. The Age recently reported students should be wary of the pay Australian employers are awarding and ensure it is at least minimum wage.

Australia needs skilled workers: Anyone applying for an Australian visa should begin by completing the Australian Visa Bureau's online Australian visa application to see if they meet the Australian visa requirements.

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