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Post-arrival assistance

So you have arrived in Australia and are ready to embark on this exciting journey. Now what?

Don’t worry, our services don’t stop there. We will be here for the rest of your study journey. Start to finish.

Orientation and study preparation programs – we will provide you with details of the orientation programs that are on offer with your education provider. Make the most of O-Week activities! These are awesome and they will really help you settle into your new surroundings. Not only will you learn a lot about what is to come in the days, weeks and months ahead, you will also make new friends! Friends are half the fun of studying in Australia… so get out there, be sociable and enjoy all that those first few weeks has to offer! Share your experiences on Facebook & Twitter… make all your friends back at home jealous. You are here and this is the most exciting time of your new journey – Enjoy every moment!

Mentors and help from other students – We will provide you with valuable connections at with your education provider so that if you need to talk to someone, you know where to go. Being able to work through any issues you have in those early weeks is really important. International student representatives can really make a difference to the life of a new student. They have been there. They have stood in your shoes. So talk to them and let them know how you are feeling. Being homesick is totally ok. In fact, most students feel homesick from time to time. These support services are awesome for helping you get through these adjustments – so make good use of them!

Support for accompanying family members – if you have family accompanying you to Australia, don’t forget that the change can be really big for them as well. You have the distraction of studies to keep you occupied, but family members who are here often don’t have this support network. If you have a family member who needs some assistance to settle, we can put you in touch with someone who can help. We are just a phone call away.

Help finding a part time job – Once you get settled your thoughts will more than likely turn to finding part time employment to help you pay your living costs whilst you are studying. Generally whilst you are on a student visa you can work up to 20 hours per week. Don’t even think about working more than this. It’s a bad idea and will land you in a lot of trouble – more than likely kicked out of Australia. Trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the Department of Immigration & Border Protection is not smart (any attempts to do so will be nothing they haven’t seen before – so don’t go there).

Working up to 20 hours a week will give you valuable experience (Australian experience is very highly regarded), and give you some cash in your pocket. The best way you can snaffle a part time job is to have a really great CV and covering letter that has been formatted the way Australian employers like to see it. We can help you with this. It will give you an edge over other international students.

Changing courses whilst on a student visa – generally this isn’t a good idea, and the Department of Immigration & Border Protection don’t view it favourably. It can have serious complications for your visa and put you in a lot of trouble if you don’t get proper advice before making any decisions. We have a really good blog article which outlines some of the issues that this raises. Don’t do anything until you have sought professional advice! You can find out more information here.

If things don’t go to plan – Occasionally a student may need to return home due to unforeseen circumstances, or for personal reasons. It’s ok. These things happen. If you decide that you want to return home before completion of your studies, you should get in touch with us to talk about your options. Leaving Australia without finalising your visa situation could impact on your ability to come back in the future. It’s best to leave Australia on good terms, so contact us as soon as you make this decision, so that our Registered Migration Agent can guide you on any visa implications. This way, you can always come back again when the time is right.