408 Visa Vs Student Visa


408 Visa VS Student Visa

The latest information about 408 Visas and new student visa options in Australia, 
In the last few days, there have been a load of interesting headlines in the news appealing to attract the attention of all temporary visa holders in Australia. Announcements such as,

1. Major relaxations of working hours for Student Visa Holders, especially those working in aged-care facilities, disability programs, tourism, hospitality, health, and agriculture.

2. Re-aperture of Australian borders for International Students from mid-2022 or even, some reports manifest intentions to accelerate the process to later this year and,
3. The opportunity of everyone onshore to apply for a ‘work visa’ (408) for Hospitality and tourism jobs, 
are creating big confusion on temporary visa holders and therefore, we would like to explain what is behind each statement, and potentially the goods and the bads of each of those options. The information provided here is the result of an intense work compiling all information available along with a personal discussion with the Australian Migration Minister Alex Howke, who had a meeting with LinAs Founder, Arturas Zakarauskas, on Monday 10th of May to explain him and others within education industry how all changes were going to be introduced and applied.
408 VISA

– This visa has been created to encourage Temporary workers in sectors highly affected by workforce shortage, such as Hospitality and Tourism. Every one willing to work full time within those fields can apply for the 408 visa. However, there is selection criteria and requirements to be eligible.
1. Current visa needs to expire in the next 90 days.

2. You must have proven experience in any of the listed industries and roles.
If your visa is granted, you will be able to work without any restrictions for the length of your visa.  The unclear part is what will be the options for those successful applicants once the 408 visa expires and even more if there is going to be the opportunity of permanence within the country.
The drawbacks of 408 Visa are, 

1. Visa applications will be rigorously checked for compliance with all criteria.

2. The visa is only granted for up to 12 months, being their periods stipulated as 3, 6, 10 and 12 months depending on applicants experience and industry.  Note: not all applicants will be granted 12 months.

3. The applicant will be required to work at the same workplace for the entire period of the visa, having the Australian Department of Migration regulatory check-ups to registered workplaces and applicants.
The bad news for those who want to apply for a student visa later is that 408 visa holders will not meet the requirements of GTE (genuine temporary entrance). As they are clearly stating their primary intention to stay in Australia is to work over any attempt of study. Therefore,
– By applying to 408 today your migration plans to Australia could be harmed in the long term if you are planning to stay permanently in this country.
You can now work full-time with Student Visa if you are working in the following fields, hospitality, tourism, Age-cared, disability programs, health and agriculture sectors. It is expected these industries to be extended to ensure all economic sectors can meet their ideal workforce numbers.
Remember you can study in any specialty, but for being able to work full time your job title needs to be related to those industries. Due to these industries are the ones with shortages, it is recommendable for students to pursue higher education courses on these matching skills and sectors to ensure their PR pathways, having already started to meet their experience requirement and potentially the sponsorship part with their employers.
If you have a Commercial Cookery or another specialty from the list, you can gain experience and have 2 years + work experience to seek sponsorship or other opportunities to stay in Australia.
With the Student Visa with full working rights, you can change jobs and employers according to your preferences and this measurement will not harm Further visas and your intention to, either study or stay in Australia permanently.
The only limitation of this is, 
-Unfortunately, you can only work full time on the listed industries unless new information is released. Our association is currently working intensively to ensure anyone with a student visa could work full-time, regardless of industry. if the situation changes, we will post all the updates, variations, and changes.

July Intake – All you need to know and do!

July is the second major intake In Australia after February. It has a limited number of Universities and colleagues offering a significant number of courses to choose from.

Despite all education providers have different deadlines, most enrolment processes take place in April and May. Application procedures should be planned accordingly as students require to successfully meet English scores and any other requirement based on the selected course, provider, and territory.

If you are planning to Study in July Intake, these 6-steps are just right for you! Remember this process can be overwhelming, but you are not alone – LinAs would be happy to assist you FREE of Charge

6-Steps process to start your course in July Intake
1. Shortlist the courses and providers – make sure your preferences match your interest, academic needs, or personal motives. 2. Find out application deadlines for each of your selected courses, along with all requirements you need to fulfil in each of them. 3. Have your English evidence ready if that's required. 4. Apply to the college or University. 5. Make a payment for studies and receive an enrolment offer (COE) which will be an official document proving that you were accepted by the college/university. 6. Once you are all set up, you will need to apply for the Student Visa to ensure you are allowed to study, live and work in Australia. Don't worry, LinAs will do that for you.

If you would like to receive a free consultation, please send us a message and someone from our team would get back to you as soon as possible. 


Internationally approved English Language tests

Internationally approved English Language Proficiency test is required for study, work and migration purposes. In Australia, PTE, IELTS, TOFEL, OET and Cambridge are recognised for further education and immigration processes. However, the preferable and most taken exams are PTE and IELTS, respectively. 

Deciding what exam is best for you, its simply a personal decision that relies on the exam fees, delivery form or the overall sentiment around its difficulty levels. Despite all this exam assess the same 4-components, listening, reading, speaking, and writing; the way you approach responses vary between them. Therefore, exam preparation is crucial!

Academic exams might not provide accurate scores on a person’s proficiency in English as some multiple settings and factors that might affect a student´s performance. Native English speakers have failed these tests and many internationals have presented them more than once. However, attending preparation courses and training exams could boost your scores to achieve your goals sooner. 

PTE has gained popularity in the last three years. The usage of earphones, the private space in which you fill your exam and the fact that it relies on computer-based technology have contributed to its rising preference. Students seem to get better scores through this assessment than others, such as IELTS – as they are not exposed to big stress levels and crowded rooms. Attendees seem to have better time management skills as they always have a clock in their visual range (screen).  

Why PTE?
1. PTE is equally accepted worldwide for study abroad and immigration ( It is an IELTS´ substitute) 2. It helps you with all your visa processes, including Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. 3. It Facilitates your enrolment processes at any University around the globe – English is the most spoken language and the majority of universities are English language-based

After having listened to our members’ experiences and understood their needs. We have partnered up with the only PTE centre in Australia to ensure our members have access to affordable PTE training. We aim to help LinAs’ members to achieve their English requirements and goals. 

Get in touch today if you want to access this exclusive opportunity that has been made available to LinAs´ members!

Boost your English Score

What’s the deal? 

The Ultimate PTE Academic Test Camp

  1. Delivered by the only PTE centre in Australia – Native English Teachers that advice students individually.
  2. Classes of 12-18 people 
  3. No lock-in contracts + No setup classes = Be part of the course as long as you need it too and schedule your classes as it suits your lifestyle. 
  4. 20 hours per week at the lowest Market price – $4,75 per hour 

How Australia’s coronavirus crisis could reshape the treatment of temporary migrants

Scott Morrison, Australian Prime Minister, has claimed the need for an open mind on post coronavirus migration Overhaul. According to Morrison, Australia requires to see temporary visa holders as those meeting workforce shortages, especially on jobs that Australians are reluctant to perform.

Last year, Australian migration intake got reduced to around 72000 people. As a result, the agricultural and hospitality industries seem to be struggling the most to meet their workforce demands as temporary visa holders are the ones performing these activities. Therefore, Morrison suggested that temporary visas and their conditions should be reviewed to ensure workforce flow in regional and local regions. This initiative would also have a significant impact on bringing overseas migration rates back to positive levels before 2022-23.

On the other hand, Kristina Keneally, NSW senator, has made a call out for more permanent visa pathways to encourage qualified-migration. However, in the meantime, NSW Treasurer, Dom Perrottet, said he wants to prioritise International Students over Australians to keep the local economy ticking. He said that by changing who gets a seat on the limited flights coming into Sydney on weekly basis, the state would be able to keep the country’s fourth-largest export.

We probably just need to wait and see what the outcome is – but so far, Australia is going deep down the whole to ensure the economic recovery after COVID. The good thing for us is, that it seems to be directly linked with International Students, being one of the biggest economic sectors within the Australian Economy.

Source ABC and SBS


Australia’s international border

For all our members, who are still wondering about international travel. Australian Health Minister, Greg Hunt, yesterday indicates that the borders might open up on June 17. However, Australia could reopen sooner “if no longer needed”.

An early reopening of international travel relies on a swift rollout of vaccination programs and are proven to be effective against new and emerging variants.

Following these statements, Qantas announced that international flights are most likely to resume in October.


Source SBS News.