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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.

⚠️  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.

What migratory and labor profile do the CHEFS have?

Job profile

  • Very good, high level of employability
  • It is one of the few jobs that has had a job opening despite the crisis (take away)
    Universality of employability
  • Ease of mobility and ability to transfer from place to another.
  • However, despite the good work profile, it must be emphasized that you work in a high pressure environment where you sometimes work weekends, holidays, 50+ hours per week, it can be stressful and you work when the rest of your friends and family they are home

Migratory profile

  • Chef is the only one in HIGH demand and therefore can obtain residency anywhere in Australia


  • The rest of trades such as pastry chef, baker, restaurant manager, hotel / motel manager, cook, accommodation manager are in LOW demand and therefore must go to rural areas

How does a chef prepare for immigration purposes?

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

Pathway # 1 – Study in Australia

1) Certificate 3 in Commercial Cookery (lasts 12 months)
2) Certificate 4 in Commercial Cookery (lasts 6 months)
3) Diploma of Hospitality Management (lasts 6 months)
4) At the end of the Diploma you must go on to the graduate visa and complete 1,725 hours of work (the practice = the Job Ready Program).

Important: During the studies, you must gather 360 hours of practice

Pathway # 2

Study in your country of origin + 3 years of post-qualification experience as a chef.

Pathway #3

NOT have studied but have a LOT of experience (5 to 6 verifiable years as a chef).

Immigration options: collect many points, move to a rural area or look for a sponsor

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:

Labor sponsorship

If you have a minimum of 2 years of experience, an Australian company can sponsor you for a temporary visa. Not just any company can sponsor you. It should make sense for the company to hire such a trade.
If you have a minimum of 3 years of post-degree experience and your trade is in high demand, an employer anywhere in Australia can nominate you for permanent residence (visa 186).
If you have a minimum of 3 years of post-degree experience and your trade is in low demand, only employers in rural areas can nominate you for temporary residence (visa 494).

Points System

To the point system you do not ‘apply’ directly, you must be ‘invited’ to apply.
Collect 95 points for 189 (VERY DIFFICULT) Be careful that the required points can go up and down at any time.
If you do not see the way to reach 95 then go to a state where you are invited with fewer points with
as long as you comply with the policy of that state.
Popular states today are:

  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Rural NSW, Victoria and Queensland

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.

Permanent residences for Chefs (Professionals in Hospitality)

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