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Learn more about visa types: work, study and tourism in Australia or New Zealand

If you intend to travel or study abroad, you’ve probably found yourself thinking about the difficulties of adapting to the climate, lifestyle and, especially, the high dollar. However, those who choose an exchange in Australia or New Zealand know that there are some types of visas for every occasion. The benefits make the region an excellent destination for study and work, with conditions that are very advantageous for Brazilians compared to other countries, starting with the currency and a much friendlier lifestyle for us.

If you want to know what you need to start this whole journey, in this post, we’ve separated some essential tips on which visas are necessary for you to go to Australia or New Zealand. Want to know more about the subject? Read on and come with us!

What are the main types of visas for Australia and New Zealand?

Both in Australia and New Zealand, the government allows foreigners to stay under different types of visas. Remembering that if you want to know more about other visas or clarify any doubts, just look for an exchange agency or an immigration agent.

Do you want to go for work, study or sightseeing? See which one is most appropriate for your profile and take advantage of the opportunities.

Study visa

Among the options, this is undoubtedly the main gateway to both Australia and New Zealand. As its name suggests, this document allows you to study in one of the two countries. However, this country also guarantees the great advantage of granting a legal work permit while studying at a school.

It is intended for students who intend to take a course of at least 14 weeks. Its validity varies according to the duration of your studies. The working period is 40 hours a fortnight (since classes have started) and you still have a full month of vacation when you finish your studies. Enough time to enjoy the endless beauties of these places.

In addition, underage spouses, partners and children may be included in the visa process, when they can prove evidence of a relationship with the exchange student. The requirements should be consulted on the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) website.

Regarding the documents required for a student visa in Australia or New Zealand, they are basically specific forms, health exams, proof of income for the entire period you stay there, in addition to consular fees. As the list of requirements can vary for each case, the ideal is to seek information with a specialized consultancy to provide all the necessary support, as well as the precise investments.

In New Zealand, the student who wants to take a course in the country from 14 weeks onwards, can now opt for a student visa. However, for greater convenience and speed, the best way to obtain visas is through an education agency, considering that the documents required vary according to the duration of the courses.

In cases where the visa will be used for studying and working, there is greater bureaucracy, as it will allow you to work up to 20 hours a week at different employment points in New Zealand. For the issuance of a work and study visa, there are some important points that must be taken into account. Among them are some financial aspects: you need to guarantee to the consulate that you will be able to support yourself.

A value of NZ$ 1250.00 is stipulated for each month of stay in the country. Another point is related to the link with the country of origin. Thus, it is necessary to prove that you have a place to return to at the end of the exchange. Another factor that can help you issue your passport is certifying that you have a degree in a course and that you want to grow in your career.

On the issue of costs related to the processes, the student will spend with the emission fee for the study and work visa for New Zealand, which has the value of NZ$295.00 which is equivalent to R$740.00. In addition, there are several other expenses, such as sworn translation of documents, mandatory medical examination for the issuance of the visa, and customs agent payment.

Tourist visa

This type of visa in Australia is suitable for those who intend to enter the country for leisure, visit friends or family and, in addition, take advantage of the same period to study. The visa is valid for 3 months and courses can last for 12 weeks. Unlike the study visa, the tourist visa does not grant a work permit or any paid activity to the visitor and also does not include other family members in the same application. As you might guess, it is most popular with tourists as they don’t need to work, and it allows them to go on Airlie Beach tours to see the Great Barrier Reef and all the other attractions around the country.

Within the validity period and in the standard condition for granting a visa, the visitor is entitled to multiple entries in the country, as long as they do not exceed 90 calendar days, however this is not a rule, it will depend on the evaluation of the embassy officials. Required documentation may vary depending on some requirements of the Australian Department of Immigration. Therefore, it is essential that the entire procurement procedure is done through a specialized agency.

In the case of New Zealand, Brazilians do not need to issue a tourist visa, as it is considered Waiver Country. However, this access to the country is allowed for a period of up to 90 days, and may be extended to 6 months. Within this period, the traveler can study for up to 12 weeks, however, there is no possibility of legally working in this condition in the country. Among the required documentation are:

  • Passport;
  • Return ticket (the return date cannot exceed 3 months);
  • Financial certification (NZ$ 1250.00 each month);
  • Travel insurance.

If you intend to study for a period of 2 months during your stay in New Zealand it is also allowed. It is worth remembering that the tourist visa is for all Brazilians who intend to stay for up to 90 days in the country.

Work visa

Those who complete a degree in Australia or New Zealand have the possibility of getting the Post Study Work Visa. This visa allows recent graduates to work after completing the course (undergraduate, masters or doctorate).

Without a doubt, the perfect opportunity for those who want to enjoy one more season in the place and get good job opportunities. Including, conquering the permanence in the country through other types of visas that are more difficult, such as sponsor or immigration.

A student who completes a university course of 92 weeks or more is entitled to Post Study Work Visa. Its validity varies between two to three years, depending on the length of study at the college held.

Another way to get a legal job in New Zealand is through the Working Holiday Visa. In this program, 300 places are made available annually to Brazilians who are chasing “vacation and work visas”.

This means of entry is intended for Brazilians aged between 18 and 30 years. For this reason, the Working Holiday Visa is very popular, and to participate it is necessary to apply online at the New Zealand Department of Immigration.

The last edition took place on August 21, 2019. If you intend to apply for this position, it is recommended to pre-register on the website even before the program opens. This is because the vacancies are sold out in a few hours and, therefore, it is necessary to be quick and be careful when filling in the data. There is also a direct work visa.

To get it you must first enter the country on a student visa and start working in a company, in order to stand out in your work so that your employer is interested in keeping you in the company.

With this, it is the employer who will help you to be able to carry out the processes. He will have to prove that he tried to admit a New Zealander but was unsuccessful and run after a permit for the foreigner’s contract. With this it is possible to see that here there is one more direct relationship between the employer and the employee.

So these are the main types of New Zealand and Australia visas for both visiting, living and working. There are still other ways to achieve this, however, these are the most common and easiest to access for Brazilians who want to embark on this journey through Oceania. It is noteworthy that you can simplify the processes through the support of an exchange agency. She will help you with the various procedures involved in issuing the visa.

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