What Are the Ramifications of These Employment Restrictions?
Families subjected to these employment restrictions find it hard to earn enough money to provide for their family and often have to dip into any savings they may have to get by. The cost of living in Australia is high and visa holders are not entitled to benefits available to Australian residents, therefore they are paying more for medical and schooling.
Any income earned during that 20 hours a week doesn’t go far and eventually impacts on their ability to stay in Australia. With visa holders having to abide by employment restrictions and manage living expenses, often renewing a visa can be difficult as there is just not enough money left to pay the visa fees.
So, is it unreasonable for the family members of visa holders to be able to work more? This issue raises the question of whether immigrants are taking jobs from Australian residents. While this isn’t often the case, its assumed a sense of caution comes into play and the government is doing what it can to protect the employment opportunities of Australians.
The question remains, if a family is willing to work hard to make Australia their permanent home, shouldn’t they be given the opportunity to do so?
If you have any questions about visa employment restrictions and need expert advice, speak to one of the VSA team today. It is a complex subject so it is important to speak with someone in the know.