To assist with Australia’s COVID-19 recovery, the Australian Government is providing an incentive for Student and Working Holiday Maker visa holders to return to Australia as soon as possible to help address current workforce shortages. Any Student visa holder who is currently offshore and travels to Australia between 19 January 2022 and 19 March 2022 will be eligible for a refund of their visa application charge (VAC). Any Working Holiday Maker visa holder who is currently offshore and travels to Australia between 19 January 2022 and 19 April 2022 will be eligible for a refund of their visa application charge. The current VAC for a Student visa is AUD630 and for a Working Holiday Maker it is AUD495. The VAC refund includes secondary visa holders. Further information on how to apply for a refund is at Getting a refund.
The Government has supported Australian businesses during the pandemic by allowing Student visa holders to work additional hours in critical sectors. Due to current workforce shortages the Government is temporarily removing the limit on working hours for Student visa holders across all sectors. This will also apply to secondary Student visa holders. This change takes effect immediately and will be reviewed in April 2022.
The Government is also temporarily relaxing the 6 month work limitation for Working Holiday Maker visa holders. Effective immediately, until the end of 2022, there will be no limit on the time Working Holiday Makers can work for the same employer.
These measures are temporary and designed to provide immediate assistance to Australian businesses currently facing critical workforce shortages. This will enable them to continue delivering goods and services to the Australian community.
Visa Application Checklist
Evidence of enrolment
Applying more than four months prior to course commencement
Student must inform Home Affairs of any new family members (Change of circumstances)
Applications made in Australia – Visa status
The country and provider immigration risk model
Acceptable gaps between courses in a package
Genuine temporary entrant (GTE) (Any GTE Issues, how to mitigate the risks)
the applicant’s circumstances in their home country
the applicant’s potential circumstances in Australia
the value of the course to the applicant’s future
the applicant’s immigration history
if the applicant is a minor - the intentions of a parent, legal guardian or spouse/de facto partner of the applicant
other relevant matters.
Genuine temporary entrant (GTE)-Complex scenario (How to mitigate the risks)
English language proficiency
Required as per tool kit ?
Fall into the exemption category?
Advise the English result may be requested
Financial capacity evidence
Required as per tool kit ?
Yes if ? How much? Satisfy the evidence requirements?
Advise the English result may be requested and if requested, the evidence must be provided?
Check the start date?
Check the end date?
From exemption countries?
Age requirements for school students
School students dependents?
Satisfy evidential requirements?
Members of the family unit declared?
GTE for family member applicants (Any Issues?)
Check Complex case scenario
Advise the expected visa grant period?