There ARE now fewer than six months until March 2018, when the Australian Government’s Temporary Skills Shortage visa will come into effect. Though the changes were announced in April, misinformation about them continues to cause alarm.
Let’s take a quick look at the facts. Chefs have been retained on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List, meaning that they are still eligible for an employer-sponsored permanent residency visa after three years working for the same employer. Cooks and café and restaurant managers have been included on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List, meaning that businesses can sponsor them for up to two years. These applicants may then apply for a Temporary Skills Shortage visa for an additional two years. While there is no automatic eligibility for an employer-sponsored permanent residency visa under the Temporary Residence Transition Stream of the 186 ENS or 187 RSMS visas, there is still a pathway to permanent residency through the Direct Entry Stream of these visas. 457 visa-holders whose applications were approved before 18 April 2017 are not affected by these changes. Members can access the R&CA migration service by calling 1300 722 878.
Juliana Payne, CEO
Restaurant & Catering Australia