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Students can work part-time in Oz

01 May 2008

Students can work part-time in Oz British students studying an overseas term in Australia will be able to work to support their studies should they wish to, it has been announced.

The Australian government has declared that international students will be able to work part-time automatically under a new streamlined visa arrangement introduced this week.

Senator Chris Evans, the minister for immigration and citizenship, said: "All student visas will be granted with work rights attached, removing the need for people to make a separate application."

"It means that international students can apply for part-time jobs in Australia as soon as their courses start."

The minister added that the move would reduce red-tape for those wanting work and would allow a more efficient use of his department's time.

"Making it easier for international students to work while they study will also assist industries currently suffering serious labour shortages," he concluded.

Senator Evans said that international students would be allowed to work for up to 20 hours a week while their course was ongoing.

The department said it granted more than quarter of a million visas to students in the year to June 2007.

Meanwhile, the Earth Times reported this week that Australia is frequently becoming a hotspot for British expatriates and it is the most popular destination for the 2,000 people who leave Britain each week.

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