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Freelancing on a student visa

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Old 02-10-2015, 10:23 PM
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Freelancing on a student visa

I am currently in Australia on a student visa. I am not studying, but my de facto partner is, and his same visa conditions apply to me.

I am only allowed to work 40 hours a fortnight.

I am a qualified translator and would like to work freelance. I know that I will have to apply for an ABN in order to work. Can I do that as a student visa holder? How do I prove that I only work 40 hours a fortnight if, as a translator, I tend to get paid 'per word/page/article/book'?

I live in Cairns where everything is based on tourism and finding work on a student visa, during wet (very quiet) season isn't easy... plus it rains A LOT and we don't have a car as yet... Working from home, doing the job I'm qualified for would be really great.

Any help highly appreciated!

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Old 02-11-2015, 12:08 AM
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Yes you can do freelancing.

You need to apply for TFN and ABN. Both are free of cost.

Even though you are paid for per word/page/article/book, you need to show the hours worked in the invoices you generate.

Now, if you ask how they going to find out whether you worked for more than 40 hours, then well, I guess Immi guys are smarter than all of us. They would be able to figure out something based on the volume of work you do.

Why to get into all that trouble? There are lots of students who work more than 40hrs and are breaching their visa rights. Are they all caught? Probably not..But why to live in a fear?

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Old 02-11-2015, 12:45 AM
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Yes you can work for yourself on an ABN. A lot of students do that. Regarding the 40 hours per fortnight it is really up to DIBP to have evidence that you are working beyond this before they would be interested in you. Just keep a record of all the work you do and who your client's are.


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