The ultimate guide for engineering grads applying for a graduate visa
Are you an overseas engineering graduate who finished an engineering course in the last two years? You may then be eligible to gain a temporary visa to Australia for 18 months. This visa is Subclass 476- Skilled-Recognised Graduate visa.
Who is eligible to apply for a Skilled-Recognised Graduate Visa?
This program applies to you if:
- you are younger than 31 years
- you have completed an eligible engineering qualification from a recognised institution in the past two years
- you have not held a Skilled — Recognised Graduate visa (Subclass 476) or a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) before (unless you were a dependent family member)
- you can have enough English language ability- overall score of 6 IELTS or 5 minimum in each of the IELTS Band (or equivalent in other tests).
- you meet health and character requirements.
Eligible Engineering Qualifications
The qualifications recognised include a Bachelor degree, a Master degree, Doctoral degree or postgraduate diploma. The majors in engineering that are recognised include:
|Electrical and electronics engineering|
|Mechanical, production and plant engineering|
|Mining and material engineering|
What is a recognised institution?
Your degree has to be awarded from a recognised institution in order to be eligible for this visa. The legislation detects what is a recognised institution and that is why it is always important to check the up to date information/immigration regulations and policies prior to applying.
Currently the recognised institutions include:
- Any institution offering an Engineering qualification under the Washington Accord-
- Any other recognised institution:
|Argentina||Catholic University of Argentina|
|Brazil||Federal University of Minas Gerais|
|Chile||Universidad Catolica del Norte Catholic University of Chile -Antofagasta
University of Chile
University of Concepcion
Technical University of Berlin
Technical University of Clausthal
TU Bergakademie Freiberg
University of Hannover
|Hungary||University of Miskolc|
Banaras Hindu University—Varanasi
Indian Institute of Science—Bangalore
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
Indian School of Mines—Dhanbad
|Iran||Amir Kabir University of Technology
University of Tehran
|PRC China||Beijing Normal University
Beijing Petroleum University
Beijing University of Chemical Technology
Beijing University of Technology (formerly Beijing Polytechnic University)
China University of Mining & Technology—Beijing
Shanghai University of Engineering Science
Shanghai Jiaotong University
University of Science and Technology—Beijing
|Philippines||University of the Philippines|
|Poland||Wroclaw University of Technology|
|Sweden||Lulea University of Technology|
|Tanzania||University of Dar es Salaam|
What is Washington Accord?
The Washington accord is an international agreement for accreditation of undergraduate engineering degrees in the participating/signatory countries. So if your qualification was accredited by an engineering body in a signatory country, your degree will be recognised for minimum entry to practice engineering by the other countries in the Washington Accord. If your engineering qualification was offered by a university under the Washington Accord, you may want to consider applying for the skilled recognised graduate visa if you meet the other criteria. Engineers Australia is part of the Washington Accord so if you completed an Engineering degree in Australia you may be eligible for this visa too.
Accredited Programs under the Washington Accord
- EA – (Engineers Australia)
- Engineers Canada – (Engineers Canada)
- IEET – (Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan)
- HKIE – (The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers)
- EngIRE – (Engineers Ireland)
- JABEE – (Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education)
- ABEEK – (Accreditation Board for Engineering Education of Korea)
- IPENZ – (Institution of Professional Engineers NZ)
- IES – (Institution of Engineers Singapore)
- ECSA – (Engineering Council of South Africa)
- ECUK – (Engineering Council UK)
- ABET – (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology)
- Malaysia – (Board of Engineers, Malaysia)
- MUDEK – (Association for Evaluation and Accreditation of Engineering Programs)
- AEER – Association for Engineering Education of Russia
- IESL – Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka
- NBA – National Board of Accreditation India
Useful tips if you are interested in Skilled recognised graduate visa
- Seek legal advice before lodging your application.
- You can include your family in your application even your de facto partner.
- You may apply for other onshore applications once you are in Australia on this visa.
- You and your family can live, work and study anywhere in Australia on this visa.
- Lodge a valid application by posting your application to the correct DIBP office.
- You must be outside of Australia at the time your visa is granted.
About the authors
This article was written by Marial Daniel, a solicitor and a registered migration agent (MARN: 1575322) of Teleo Immigration Specialists.
Teleo has successfully represented thousands of applicants over the past 10 years, including complex matters, visa cancellations and review applications.
The director of Teleo Immigration Specialists, Dr Etienne Hugo (MARN: 0004435) has over 17 years of Australian immigration experience and is one of only 35 accredited specialists immigration lawyers in New South Wales. Etienne is admitted as a lawyer in NSW and also the High Court of Australia. He was awarded both his BLC and LLB degrees with distinction and subsequently completed a LLD (Doctor of Law degree) from the University of Pretoria. He obtained his Immigration Law certification from UTS with distinction. Dr Hugo is a Fellow of the Migration Institute of Australia and regularly presents papers on Immigration Law. He has also taught at ANU in the graduate diploma for Immigration since 2006.
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