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Visa for Chefs in Australia

If you are a chef or work in the hospitality industry and want to obtain Permanent Residence as a Chef in Australia, there are several paths you can explore. Here you will learn about the most common and recommended paths and learn step by step how to obtain your chef visa in Australia.

If you are a chef or work in the hospitality industry and want to obtain Permanent Residence as a Chef in Australia, there are several paths you can explore. Here you will learn about the most common and recommended paths and learn step by step how to obtain your chef visa in Australia.

What migratory and labor profile do the CHEFS have?

Job outlook

Highly employable

A profession that kept high numbers of employment even during the pandemic

Employable virtually in any country

However, please bear in mind chefs tend to work long hours, on their feet, and in a high-pressure environment. Only consider studying to become a chef if you have a strong passion for the profession.

Migration outlook

Very highly sought after in all states and territories.

Chefs, cooks, pastrycooks, bakers, restaurant managers, and hotel managers are invited to virtually all Australian states.

How does a chef become permanent resident?

You have 3 ways to prove that you are a chef in Australia:

Option 1: Come to study in Australia

The usual pathway takes approximately 3 years from beginning to end (2 years of studies and 1 year of experience)

Most people study the following courses:

1. Certificate III in either Commercial Cookery or Patisserie (1 year)
2. Certificate IV in either Commercial Cookery or Patisserie (6 months)
3. Diploma in hospitality management (6 months)

After their studies, they apply for a 485 graduate visa and complete one year of full-time experience (this is called the Job Ready Program).

Option 2:

    Study in their home country but accumulate 3 years of post qualification experience as a chef

    Option 3:

      Only work experience and no qualifications. Here you must have 6 years of experience as a chef.

      What to do after studying to become a chef?

      Either ask for an invitation for permanent residence from a state or look for a sponsor (after the 485 graduate visa).

      You have 2 paths, the ideal path is to find a sponsor, that is, a company that is willing to hire you and support your application for permanent residence in Australia.

      If the first option is not possible, you can compete in the Australian points system:

      When you compete in the Points System, you must gather as many points as you can. However, in recent years, getting an invitation from Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia, and Victoria has become increasingly difficult. Thus, many chefs go to South Australia, Tasmania & the Northern Territory to look for an invitation.

      Still, there are a lot of chefs who decide to stay in cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth to look for a sponsor. Remember that to obtain a sponsored visa, you must have at least 2 years of experience as a chef.

      Work sponsorship (visa 482 or 186)

      If you have at least 2 years of experience, an Australian company can sponsor you.

      However, remember that for chefs only full menu restaurants can sponsor you.
      If you have 3 years of post-diploma of hospitality management experience then an Australian company can nominate you for permanent residence on a 186 visa.

      Points system

      You must maximize your points as much as you can.
      For a 189 visa, you are likely to need over 95 points (2022).
      However, if you ask a state like South Australia, Tasmania or the Northern Territory to invite you then you can probably be invited with as little as 65 points.

      What other hospitality trades are in demand?

      The rest of the jobs in the hospitality industry apart from the chef are in LOW DEMAND = you must go to the rural area.

      • Restaurant Manager (141111)
      • Hotel / Motel Manager (141311)
      • Accommodation and Hospitality Manager (141999)
      • Event and Conference Organizer (149311)
      • Baker (351111)
      • Pastry chef (351112)
      • Butcher (351211)
      • Cook (351411)

      Why might it be difficult for a chef to get a 189 visa even if chef is in high demand?

      There are several reasons why obtaining the 189 visa for a chef can be complicated:

      • New from Australia for immigration and “educational” purposes.
      • Relaxation in the rules of financial capacity
      • The entry of New Zealanders on Visa 189 in 2017,
      • The cut from 190,000 to 160,000 in total annual quotas for residency in 2019,
      • The cut from 24,000 to 15,000 in the annual quotas for the 189 visa in 2019, and
      • Lately the rise in the unemployment rate due to COVID-19.
      • In 2017 you needed 60 – 65 points for 189.
      • In 2018 you needed 70 – 75 points.
      • In 2019 you needed 80 – 85 points.

      But do not worry! Visa 189 is not the only one you could apply to. Look up 190 or 491 through the state system. If you cannot go to study in Adelaide or Tasmania now, study in Melbourne and when it comes to doing the work practice, look for it in a rural area.

      ⚠️  IMPORTANT: The information that we will present to you now IS OF A GENERAL CHARACTER and is based on the list of trades in demand as of the date of publication. Federal and state governments frequently review the trades that their respective economies need and based on this they introduce, change, and remove trades from their lists. This can happen at ANY time and without prior announcement.

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