In October 2019 a major obstacle was removed making it far easier for restaurants to sponsor and employ skilled chefs from outside of the EU. The door is now open for many restaurants to sponsor skilled chefs under a Tier 2 General sponsor licence.
Previously, a restaurant which had any kind of take-away function was barred from sponsoring skilled chefs. This restriction has now been lifted. You can read more about the changes and the detailed requirements for sponsoring a skilled chef here.
Shortage Occupation List exemption
Skilled Chefs are on the Shortage Occupation List. This benefits the employer by exempting it from having to run the time-consuming resident labour market test. It also means cheaper visa fees for the migrant and exempts the migrant from having to satisfy the minimum earnings threshold for settlement.
Despite the recent changes, not all restaurants will qualify for sponsorship. Your restaurants must not be either a ‘fast-food outlet’ or a ‘standard fare outlet’. We can advise you on whether your restaurant is likely eligible.
Not all chefs can be sponsored, only those which meet the Home Office definition of a ‘skilled chef’. This includes an executive chef, head chef, sous chef and specialist chef. The individual must have five years’ experience in the role you will sponsor them. We can advise you on whether an individual meets the Home Office definition of a skilled chef.
How we can help
The Immigration Team at Truth Legal are experts at supporting restaurants with their immigration matters.
- Help you to apply for a Tier 2 sponsor licence
- Help you to apply for a certificate of sponsorship
- Adapt your HR systems to make sure they are Home Office compliance
- Assist individuals with their visa application or issues
- Advise and assist around Brexit and the EU Settlement Scheme
- Advise on Right to Work matters
If you are a restaurant owner or manager and want to sponsor a skilled chef, or have any other immigration matter you would like help with, then contact the Immigration Team at Truth Legal.