Australian Chef looking for work in New York City, any advice welcome.

Joined Jun 13, 2010
Hey Everyone,

I am a recently qualified chef from Brisbane, Australia and have completed a 4 year apprenticeship.

Now my girlfriend and I are looking to move to New York City, being that it is her favorite place in the world and I would love to get some international experience.

I am looking for any advice or suggestions that you could give on how to go about looking for work, what type of visa's a chef could get, if it is at all possible?

Do you need to be sponsored to get a visa as a chef????

If anyone could suggest employers or has any advice, that would be greatly appreciated.



justin thomas

Too bad you're not going the other way, with all the time I've spent on Australian visas, I could be an immigration lawyer here :)

I seem to remember a work and holiday type visa to the U.S. being available for Australians, but I don't know the details.  Other options seem to all be employer sponsored, but I do think there are some exchange/training programs available.  Anyways, the best bet is to check out the U.S. Department of Immigration website for yourself.

Also, your girlfriend will need to secure her own visa as the U.S. government only grants family visas to legally married couples and dependant minors (bummer, I know.  We're working on it, I swear!).

As for finding jobs in the States there's some advice at

And finally, if I can pull you away from New York and plug my home town, Chicago's got alot of nifty stuff going on (and the pizza and hot dogs are way better).


Joined Dec 20, 2011
hey mate

how did u go with your tour of duty, are u still there

im goign to nyc soon

i was wondering how you went ,with all the visa and all that

iv been runing a restaurant in london and sydney

many thanks

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