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Update to International Student & Holiday Maker Work Visas

The absence of international students/workers over the past two years has had a significant impact across Australia.

International students/workers serve as a vital component of the workforce. The ability for them to return to the country with adjusted conditions offers businesses the opportunity to return to normal business practice.

This week, the Federal Government unveiled a plan to provide an incentive for Student and Working Holiday Maker visa holders to return to Australia as soon as possible to help with staff shortages.

Key points:

  1. Any Student or Working Holiday Maker visa holder who is currently offshore and travels to Australia between 19 January and 19 March 2022 will be eligible for a refund of their visa application charge (VAC).
  2. The Government has temporarily removed the limit on working hours for Student visa holders across all sectors.
  3. The Government has removed the limitation for Working Holiday Maker visa holders to only work for 6 months with one employer.

You can read more about these changes here to ensure you take advantage of the changes and are administering your international workers accurately.

With these changes coming into play immediately, WorkPro is ready to assist with ensuring international workers visas are up to date and compliant. Our seamless integration with the VEVO database allows you to verify your workforce work rights, and automatic polling of this database will notify you of any change to said work rights!

If you’re not already utilising Work Rights Checks, then let’s have a chat about how this fundamental compliance check can assist your business!

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