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Australia is a top destination for international students, offering world-class education, vibrant cultural experiences, and a high quality of life. If you’re aspiring to enhance your chef skills or pursue a career in kitchen management, Sydney, Australia, is the perfect place to start. However, navigating the visa options and understanding the requirements can be challenging. Here’s a comprehensive guide to the most common visas for students and young professionals looking to study and work in Australia.

Recent Changes in 2024

The Australian government has implemented significant policy changes affecting international students:

  • Stricter requirements for post-study work visas, requiring graduates to find employment sooner.
  • Higher English language test prerequisites for enrolment in Australian institutions.
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Student Visa (Subclass 500)

The Student Visa (Subclass 500) allows you to remain in Australia for up to 5 years, depending on your course duration. This visa is perfect for those who wish to undertake full-time study at an Australian educational institution, such as a vocational college specialising in culinary arts and kitchen management.

Benefits of the Subclass 500 Visa:
  • Enrol in an eligible course of study.
  • Include your family members (partners or dependent children) in your application.
  • Apply online from within or outside Australia.
  • Work up to 48 hours per fortnight once your course starts (increased from 40 hours as of 1 July 2023).

Before 1 July 2023

VISA CHANGES IN 2024

·         Financial requirement – $24,505 

·         GTE 

·         English requirement – 5.5 

·         40 hrs/fortnightly  

·         Financial requirement – $ 29,710 

·         GS (Genuine Student requirement) 

·         English requirement – 6.0 

·         48 hrs/fortnightly 

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Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485)

The Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) is for international students who have recently graduated with qualifications relevant to specific occupations needed in Australia. This visa allows you to live, study, and work in Australia temporarily, which is ideal if you’ve just completed a course in culinary arts or kitchen management in Sydney.

Work Streams and Stay Periods:

  • Post-Vocational Education Work Stream: Stay up to 18 months (up to 5 years for Hong Kong or British National Overseas passport holders).
  • Post-Higher Education Work Stream:
    • Bachelor’s degree – up to 2 years.
    • Master’s (coursework and extended) – up to 2 years.
    • Master’s (research) and PhD – up to 3 years.
    • Indian nationals under AI-ECTA agreement:
      • Bachelor’s degree – up to 2 years.
      • Bachelor’s degree (first class honours in STEM, including ICT) – up to 3 years.
      • Master’s (coursework, extended, and research) – up to 3 years.
      • Doctoral degrees (PhD) – up to 4 years.
 

Before 1 July 2023

VISA CHANGES IN 2024

·         Graduate Work stream  

·         Post-study Work Stream  

·         English requirement – 6.0 

·         Age limit- 50 years 

 

·         Post-Vocational Education Work stream 

·         Post-Higher Education Work stream 

·         English requirement – 6.5 

·         Age limit – 35 years 

 

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Training Visa (Subclass 407)

The Training
Visa (Subclass 407)
is for individuals undergoing occupational training or
professional development. This short-term visa helps you enhance your skills or
meet occupational registration or licensing requirements in Australia,
particularly useful for those in culinary training.

–  Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have functional English (IELTS 4.5).
  • Hold private health insurance.
  • Intends to stay temporarily for training purposes.
  • Meet health and character requirements.
  • Be sponsored by an approved Temporary Activities Sponsor.

 

Occupational Trainees

Professional development

·         This stream requires a nomination by the sponsor to do one of the following activities in Australia: 

·         Training required to obtain registration, membership or a licence to work in Australia or the home country 

·         Training be in the 407 Training Visa Occupations List – in this case, the applicant must have recent and suitable prior experience. Recent and suitable experience includes employment or study experience that: 

·         Is equivalent to at least 12 months of full-time experience in the occupation.

·         Has occurred in the 24 months immediately before the nomination is lodged. 

·         Up to 6 months of practical experience, research or observation is required to obtain an overseas qualification 

·         Training supported by a government agency or the applicant’s home government 

·         Occupational training would generally require at least 70% of the training to be on-the-job versus classroom training. 

·         This would require you to be working overseas in a management or professional position. Training is primarily classroom training and would need to be in skills relevant to your position. 

 

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Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417)

The Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417) allows young adults to holiday and work in Australia for up to 3 years, promoting cultural exchange and providing opportunities to gain work experience in places like Sydney’s vibrant culinary scene.

·     Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be a citizen of an eligible country.
  • Meet the age limit specific to your country.
  • Have sufficient funds (approx. AUD 5,000).
  • Meet health and character requirements.
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or an application refused.
Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462)

The Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462) is similar to the 417 visa but has additional requirements, making it a viable option for young adults looking to work and study in Australia.

·     Key Differences:

  • Requires an educational certificate.
  • Proof of functional English.
  • A letter of support from your government (if required).

·     Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be a citizen of an eligible country.
  • Be aged 18 to 30 years old.
  • Have sufficient funds (approx. AUD 5,000).
  • Meet health and character requirements.
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or an application refused

Evolution Hospitality Institute: Online Digital Courses

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To address visa challenges, Evolution Hospitality Institute has launched online digital courses for international students. These courses allow students to gain Australian qualifications at half the tuition cost without leaving their home country. Established in 2006, Evolution is a distinguished entity in the education and training industry, offering high-quality training and industry connections, particularly in Sydney, Australia.

Job Opportunities: Upon completing the Certificate, students will receive work placement through our network of industry partners, including world-leading restaurants and hotel groups. This is an excellent opportunity to enhance your chef skills and gain practical experience in kitchen management.

Don’t hesitate to book a free consultation with our representative to secure your spot and start your Australian education journey today!