Lots of backpackers ask for a student visa when their working holiday visa expire, so they can stay in Oz a bit longer. Here are the 3 questions that they all ask before they get their visa.
1/ Are there any working restrictions?
Yes, as a student you can work up to 40 hours per fortnight. However you can work as much as you want when during holidays. You can also work for more than 6 months for the same company.
2/ Do I have to leave the country to get my student visa?
No, you can apply for a student visa while being in Australia, except if you are holding one of these visas:
- Domestic Worker (Temporary) Diplomatic and Consular visa (subclass 426)
- Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403) in the Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or consular) stream
- Diplomatic (Temporary) visa (subclass 995) – primary visa holder only. This means a family member of a Diplomatic (Temporary) visa (subclass 995) can apply for a Student visa in Australia.
- Transit visa (subclass 771)
- Visitor visa (subclass 600) in the Sponsored Family stream or in the Approved Destination Status stream
3/ What is OSHC?
OSHC stands for Overseas Student Health Cover. It is compulsory except if you are :
- a Norwegian student covered by the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme
- Swedish student covered by Kammarkollegiet
- a Belgian student covered under the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with Australia.
If you need any advice about the student visa in Australia, contact Francaustralia!