Student Visa Working Hours in Australia


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How many Hours can a Student Visa holder work in Australia.

Once your course has commenced you are permitted to work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight when your course is in session, and unlimited hours when your course is not in session.

If you are a subclass 574 (Postgraduate research sector) student visa holder and you have commenced your masters by research or doctoral degree in Australia, there is no limit on the number of hours you may work. (The Postgraduate Research Sector visa (subclass 574) closed for new applications on 1 July 2016.)

How many Hours can the Partner of a Student Visa holder work in Australia.

Dependent family members must not start work until the primary visa holder has commenced the course in Australia

Dependent family members can work up to 40 hours per fortnight at all times.

Dependent family members of some primary visa holders have no limit on the number of hours they may work.
These relate to primary visa holders who have commenced a course towards a masters or doctoral degree and holds a subclass 573 (Higher education sector), 574 (Postgraduate research sector) or 576 (Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector) student visa.


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