Skilled Recognised Graduate Visa (SUBCLASS 476)

Skilled Recognised Graduate Visa (SUBCLASS 476)

For an engineering graduate, there is nothing more exciting than being able to work in a nation renowned for having the best wages, culture, and standard of living. One of the most well-liked routes that makes this possible is Australia’s Skilled Recognized Graduate Visa.

Skilled Recognised Graduate Visa – An Overview

The skilled recognised graduate visa (subclass 476) is a short-term visa that allows recent engineering graduates from accredited universities to work in Australia while they await permanent residency or a provisional skilled visa.

The main benefits of this type of visa include

  • the ability to live, study, and work in Australia for up to 18 months,
  • the ability to travel frequently while the visa is valid
  • the ability to apply for permanent residency once the requirements are met.
Requirements To Be Met

The following requirements must be met:

  • You must be 31 years of age or younger
  • You must hold an eligible engineering qualification from a recognized institution within the last 24 months
  • You must not have applied for or held the Temporary Graduate Visa subclass 485 (unless you were a dependent family member)
  • You must meet the requirements regarding your health and character

Mandatory Qualifications

You must meet the mandatory qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Master’s Degree
  • Doctoral Degree
  • Postgraduate Diploma
Major Sequence Of Study Or Specialisation In Engineering, Such As
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Mechanical, production and plant engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electronics & Communication Engineering
  • Instrument & Control Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering

Eligible Institutes

All the institutions offering an engineering qualification with Washington Accord accreditation are considered recognised.

If your institute is not recognised under the Washington Accord, you must have a qualification from any of the following institutions.

ArgentinaCatholic University of Argentina
BrazilFederal University of Minas Gerais
ChileUniversity of Chile Universidad Catolica del Norte Catholic University of Chile -Antofagasta University
of Concepcion
FinlandHUT, Helsinki
GermanyTechnical University of Berlin Technical University of Clausthal University of Hannover RWTH, Aachen TU
Bergakademie Freiberg
HungaryUniversity of Miskolc
IndiaIndian Institute of Science—Bangalore Anna University—Chennai Indian School of
Mines—Dhanbad Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur Banaras Hindu University—Varanasi
IranAmir Kabir University of Technology University of Tehran
PRC ChinaBeijing Normal University Beijing Petroleum University Beijing University of Chemical Technology Beijing
University of Technology (formerly Beijing Polytechnic University) China University of Mining &
Technology—Beijing Guangzhou University Shanghai University of Engineering Science Shanghai
Jiaotong University Tongji University Tsinghua University University of Science and
PhilippinesWroclaw University of Technology
SlovakiaTU Kosice
SwedenLulea University of Technology
TanzaniaUniversity of Dar es Salaam
Health Requirements

Although the requirements for health vary from case to case, in general, one must undergo examinations related to intended activities in Australia, citizenship, and time spent in all countries over the last five years.

This requirement applies not only to the visa holder but also to family members listed in the application, regardless of whether they are migrating or not.

The results of all health examinations are valid for a period of 12 months.

Character Requirements

You must have a police certificate proving that you have not had a criminal conviction within the previous ten years.

You must also provide a police certificate from each country where you have resided for 12 months or longer during the previous ten years after you  turned 16 years of age.

Language Requirements in English

Evidence of passing any of the required English language tests is required

  • a minimum score of 36 in each of the four components of the Pearson Test of English (PTE) and an overall score of 50.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) band score of 6, with a minimum score of five in each of the four components
  • comparable score on the TOEFL iBT, OET, or CAE
Family Members

The relatives who can be listed on the visa application are

  • Your partner
  • Your stepchild or the child of your partner

Although your desire to work in Australia and your strong qualifications will undoubtedly motivate you to apply for this visa, there are a few small details that, if overlooked, could lead to the denial of your application. At Destination Education and Visa Services, we ensure that your application is optimized in accordance with the most recent Immigration Department regulations and that you receive a favorable decision as soon as feasible.

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Accordion Content

It is an international agreement between the respective bodies of participating or signatory countries that are responsible for accrediting the undergraduate engineering degree programmes.

The agreement identifies that the degree programmes accredited by bodies of respective nations hold significant equivalency.

The agreement recommends that individuals graduating from the programs that are accredited by bodies of participating countries and are applying for practice of engineering be recognised internally by the holders of Washington Accord agreement because they have met the academic requirements.

The Skilled Recognised Graduate Visa (Subclass 476) is a visa specifically designed for recent engineering graduates from eligible institutions to gain up to 18 months of skilled work experience in Australia.

You must have completed a degree or higher qualification in engineering, such as a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree, from a recognised institution in the last two years.

The main purpose of this visa is to provide recent engineering graduates with an opportunity to gain skilled work experience in Australia, enhancing their engineering skills and career prospects.

The Subclass 476 Visa is typically granted with a validity period of 18 months from the date of approval.

The Subclass 476 Visa allows you to work full-time in any skilled occupation in Australia. There are no restrictions on the type of work you can undertake.

The Subclass 476 Visa itself does not lead to permanent residency. However, during the visa period, you can explore other visa options, such as employer-sponsored visas or state-nominated visas, to transition to permanent residency if you meet the eligibility criteria.

The Subclass 476 Visa allows you to work full-time in any skilled occupation in Australia. There are no restrictions on the type of work you can undertake.

No, the Subclass 476 Visa is not points-tested. As long as you meet the eligibility requirements, you can apply for this visa.

If you have already held a skilled graduate visa from another country, it generally doesn’t affect your eligibility for the Subclass 476 Visa. However, you must still meet all other eligibility criteria.

To apply for the Subclass 476 Visa, you need to submit an online application through the official Australian immigration website. Make sure you have all the required documents and information before applying.

Processing times for visas can vary based on individual circumstances and other factors. It’s recommended to check the official Australian immigration website for the most up-to-date processing time information.

To be eligible for the Subclass 476 Visa in Australia, you must have completed a degree or higher qualification in engineering, such as a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree, from a recognised institution within the last two years.

The Subclass 476 Visa provides recent engineering graduates with the chance to work in skilled occupations in Australia for up to 18 months. This work experience can help graduates improve their skills, gain exposure to the Australian job market, and potentially transition to permanent residency.

The Subclass 476 Visa grants you full work rights in Australia. You can work full-time in any skilled occupation of your choice during the visa validity period. There are no restrictions on the type of work you can undertake.

No, the Subclass 476 Visa is not subject to a points system. As long as you fulfil the eligibility criteria, you can apply for this visa without needing to meet a specific points threshold.

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