Hospitality & Food Production

Immigration Services for the Hospitality & Food Production Industry

Employer Nomination Scheme

Understanding the Department’s Policy Requirements in a Restaurant Environment

The Hospitality and Food Production industries face significant workforce challenges. Access to the 457 visa program can form a critical component in maintaining a stable and skilled workforce.

Use of the 457 visa program in these environments is monitored closely by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to ensure that only businesses which fall within their policy guidelines can access the program. This means, from the perspective of the Department, distinguishing between fast food, fast casual, and full service restaurant and café environments. Numerous factors are considered as part of this overall assessment.

At Hammond Taylor we have extensive experience working with hospitality clients from an early stage to assist them to understand the immigration system and the requirements for access to the 457 visa program. We have a long standing relationship with a Melbourne based restaurant which could easily be mistaken for a fast food or fast casual environment because of the business’s focus on popular ‘street food’.

We worked with our client from an early stage to ensure the business would operate in a manner consistent with the Department’s guidelines for full service restaurants. This included guidance and assistance to ensure the business was delivery restaurant services in a manner which was fully consistent with policy and would therefore be eligible for sponsorship.

We have subsequently assisted the business to obtain multiple Business Sponsorships to access skilled overseas labour as well as Temporary Work Subclass 457 visas for restaurant managers, cooks, and chefs within the business. We have also provided assistance to the business and visa holders to apply for the Employer Nomination Scheme Subclass 186 Permanent Residence visa.