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The Minister of Immigration of Australia (Peter Dutton) and his assistant minister, Senator Michaelia Cash recently announced that 120 immigration officials will participate in a nationwide crackdown on illegal labor, visa fraud, and worker exploitation. During the operation, 38 illegal workers were arrested.

The media letter stated that 32 of them were overstayers and six had violated work visa regulations. Individuals who hire illegal workers will face a fine of A$2.04 per illegal worker, and companies will face a fine of A$10.2 per illegal worker.


Assistant Minister of Immigration, Kathy, said that 120 members of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, as well as the Fair Work Commissioner (FWO) provinces and federal police, participated in a national operation codenamed "Cloudburst" and searched Western Australia and South Australia. , Queensland, New Zealand, Victoria and Tasmania provinces and 12 houses.


In this nationwide campaign against illegal labor and employer exploitation, 38 illegal workers were arrested, including one Chinese. Of the two illegal workers detained, one did not have a visa and the other was a student visa, but his student visa was cancelled on Wednesday night.

Keshi said that this operation also collected important information about the exploitation of workers, which will be used in future operations to further combat illegal labor and exploitation.

Minister of Immigration Dutton said that this action issued a clear warning to illegal workers and employers who exploited them. He also said that the vast majority of employers are doing the right thing, and only a few do not act in accordance with the law. "The Australian government has made it very clear to these few people that we will not tolerate unscrupulous employers and labor rental companies blatantly defying the law and allowing overseas workers to work illegally in Australia," he said.

Senator Keshi said that punishments for employers for hiring illegal workers in violation of the law are well-known and must be taken seriously; because employers may face sanctions, including civil penalties and criminal charges.

She said that individuals who hire illegal workers will face a fine of A$2.04 (per illegal worker), or two years in jail, while companies that hire illegal workers will face a fine of A$10.2 (per illegal worker).


 "Here is a warm reminder that everyone must pay attention to the approval letter of your visa, and understand the related obligations and rights that your visa brings to you, so as to better protect your rights.

Your main rights

1. The right to stay legally

When receiving a student visa, the first thing you need to pay attention to is the validity period of the visa (The applicant's visa is valid until ***x), which means you have the right to stay in Australia with a legal status before then. The length of the student visa depends on the length of the registered course when applying for the visa. If the registered course is less than 10 months, the length of the visa will be one more month, that is, the length of the visa is 11 months; if the length of the registered course is more than 10 months, the visa It will be 2 months longer. However, if the course ends in November or December, the expiration date of the general visa will be March of the following year, usually 11, but also 12.

2. The right of multiple entry to Australia (multiple entry to Australia)

This right means that you have the right to legally enter and exit Australia during the validity period of your student visa, and the number of times is unlimited. The power of multiple round trips is one of the main differences between a student visa and a general tourist visa. A general tourist visa only allows applicants to enter Australia once, and cannot return.

3. The right to work

Since April 2008, 4, students who have obtained an Australian student visa have the right to work legally in Australia automatically. In other words, after overseas students arrive in Australia with a valid student visa and start registering for courses, they will automatically obtain a work permit. Students no longer need to apply for a 26-hour work permit after arriving in Australia as before.

4. The right to accompany your spouse/children

The spouse and minor children of eligible student visa applicants have the right to apply for accompanying students and stay in Australia legally. However, for visas with a length of less than 12 months (such as the 570 visa), family members cannot apply for accompanying students.

5. The right to study with your spouse

The spouse of a student applying for a companion visa has the right to study short-term courses in Australia, but the course length must not exceed 3 months. Otherwise, the accompanying spouse needs to apply for a separate student visa. In this case, the accompanying spouse can apply in Australia.

Your main obligation

1. Section 8105 working time limit

Holding a student visa means that international students are automatically granted part-time work permits, but you can only work a maximum of 40 hours per two weeks during the start of the course (including weekends). If a student’s working hours exceed 40 hours per fortnight, the Australian Department of Immigration may decide whether to cancel the student’s student visa. In addition, if a spouse is studying for a visa with a bachelor or below, he can work 40 hours in two weeks, and there is no limit during the vacation. There is no limit for the master. It is strictly forbidden to work on a tourist visa, otherwise there will be restrictions on not being able to apply for an Australian visa for three years

There are exceptions to Clause 8105: First, there is no time limit for students’ part-time work during school holidays; second, the work practice content included in the courses that students apply for is not limited by working time; third, unpaid voluntary work is not included; fourth There is no working time limit for 574 visa holders and the spouses of 573 visa holders enrolled in a master's program; fifth, students cannot work before the start of the course, that is, the course indicated on the school’s confirmation of registration (COE) is officially official You cannot work before the start date, including language courses.

2. 8202 clause learning restrictions

After arriving in Australia with a student visa, the student must maintain full-time study in the registered course, and the attendance rate in each semester must be maintained at more than 80%, and the school scores in each semester must reach the school's satisfaction. Therefore, students must pay attention to their attendance. If the student's attendance rate is not ideal, carefully check the warning letter issued by the school, and ensure that you do not miss classes continuously if you can control yourself.

3. Section 8501 health insurance restrictions

As an overseas student, the Australian Department of Immigration requires that you must always hold Overseas Student Insurance (OSHC) during your stay in Australia. Generally speaking, the first tuition paid by a student already includes the cost of health insurance. After receiving the student’s tuition, the school will handle the health insurance affairs for the student. Students only need to obtain a health insurance card according to the guidance of the school after arriving in Australia. However, students should also pay attention to the validity period of their health insurance card and renew the contract in time to ensure that they always hold overseas student insurance during their stay in Australia.

Article reproduced from Education News


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