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Is Category 189 my only choice now?

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Old 07-08-2013, 11:57 AM
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Is Category 189 my only choice now?

Hey guys I want to apply for a Permanent Residency in Australia but I have a dilemma.

I am a hospitality professional with many years’ experience in fast food management, fine dining management and Chef’s experience. But I cannot apply for the category 189 (skilled independent visa) since they have removed the occupation from the SOL.

From what I understand, I think I can still apply in the skilled nominated (190 visa) since the occupations (restaurant manager and chef) are still on CSOL.

My kitchen experience as a chef has been in a five star hotel but my last work was in 2008. So I cannot apply as a cook/chef because the experience has to be at least one year in the past 5 years from what I understand (please correct me if I am wrong). I have only 3 months experience in the last 5 years.

My experience in fine dining management in the past 5 years has been only 3 months so I cannot apply for a restaurant/café manager either.

I have been working in fast food management during the past 5 years and I have tremendous experience in this but the immigration has just removed fast food or take out service from the restaurant management position. So I cannot apply for fast food management either.

So you can understand my problem that even though I have a lot of experience in all these fields, I cannot apply in the skilled independent (189 visa) because they have removed the occupation under the SOL list.

I think I can still apply in the skilled nominated (190 visa) since the occupations (restaurant manager, chef) are still on CSOL. However I still need at least a recent year’s experience either in the fine dining management occupation or as a chef. Only after this can I apply for assessment from the vetasses. So I am thinking of getting another 9 months’ experience as either a chef or in fine dining management before applying.

I know that the RSMS option exists but I do not want to apply for a conditional 2 years’ scheme where one has to work for an employer before getting a Permanent Residence.

Regarding the above I have two questions:

1) So far from what I have written, have I understood correctly on what I can do and what I cannot?

2) After one has gained at least one year’s experience during the last 5 years before applying, does one automatically qualify for a 190 visa as long as one fulfils the other requirements? Or is it that since the state receives more applications than there are available visas, only the one’s with the most experience are selected. In that case even though I have a master’s degree in the hospitality management field, a chef’s qualification and many years of experience in fine dining management and kitchen, the experience attained in the last 5 years will be only 1 year. So will it be of even any use to apply for it? Or do they consider the experience attained before 5 years too?

Any feedback with your thoughts will be highly appreciated.

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Old 07-08-2013, 12:00 PM
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Replying to myself to see if I get replies to my email. Strange that though I am subscribed to this thread, I am not getting it in my email.

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Sometimes it just takes a while to get e-mail notifications, but they do generally show up. I don't have an answer to your questions, unfortunately, as skilled visas are not my area of expertise.

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How long does the 189 visa take to process, excluding the assessment ?

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Old 07-12-2013, 09:18 PM
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Wow a long time before replies can be seen here.

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