Chefs added to New Skilled Occupation List

chefs-300x199The Australian has reported that Chefs, Bricklayers and Tilers will be added to the 2014-2015 Skilled Occupation List for Australian Migration.

What is happening?

The new Skilled Occupation List is due to take effect from 1 July, 2014 and is developed by the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency.  Occupations on the Skilled Occupation List enable eligible applicants to apply for skilled migration to Australia without need for a State/Territory or Employer sponsor.

The Australian has reported that Chefs, Bricklayers and Tilers are to be added to the 2014-2015 Skilled Occupation List for Australian Migration.

According to The Australian:

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Michaelia Cash said the addition of the three professions would be welcomed in regional areas where there was increased demand for these jobs but “a decrease in apprenticeship completions’’.

However, the announcement has come not without criticisms.  Unions have attacked the changes, arguing that they are not having many issues locating local workers in the building industry.

Are you a chef, tiler or bricklayer?

View occupation information for Chef.

The Assistant Minister for Immigration has announced that the available places under the migration program for these new occupations will be 3% of the total labour workforce per occupation for an initial 6 month period.  According to estimates done by The Australian,

Under the 3 per cent cap, up to 2283 overseas chefs could apply for a place in the program, rising to 4566 if the cap went to 6 per cent. For bricklayers, the maximum number would be 1401, and 948 for floor and wall tilers.

This means that there will be limited spaces available.  If you intend to apply for Australian Permanent Residency, we encourage you to speak with us to avoid unnecessary delays to lodging your visa application.  For example, you will need to have your skills assessed before applying for your visa – this can take several months.

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*This news update is for your information only and does not constitute immigration advice.  You should not make any decisions based on the information provided in this news update.*