Gain work experience in Australia with the 476 visa for recent engineering graduates

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The Skilled Recognized Graduate Visa 476 is a visa that allows recent engineering graduates from recognized institutions and eligible universities to get up to 18 months of skilled work experience in Australia.

If you have gained your engineering degree outside of Australia, you might still be able to get some work experience Down Under if you qualify for the Skilled Recognized Graduate Visa 476.

To apply for a Skilled Recognized Visa:

1. you must have an engineering qualification from a recognized institution (completed in the last two years)
2. be under 31 years of age
3. have a good knowledge of English.

As a Graduate, your qualification must contain a major in:

• civil engineering
• structural engineering
• chemical engineering
• environmental engineering
• electrical and electronics engineering
• mechanical, production and plant engineering
• mining and material engineering.

The Washington Accord

Any institution offering engineering qualification under the Washington Accord is a recognized institution.

The Washington Accord is an international agreement amongst bodies responsible for accrediting engineering degree programmes.

Other recognized institutions are:

Argentina
Catholic University of Argentina

Brazil
Federal University of Minas Gerais

Chile
Universidad Catolica del Norte Catholic University of Chile
University of Chile
University of Concepcion

Catholic University of Chile

Finland
HUT, Helsinki

Germany
RWTH, Aachen
Technical University of Berlin
Technical University of Clausthal
TU Bergakademie Freiberg
University of Hannover

Hungary
University of Miskolc

India
Anna University of Chennai
Baranas 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

People’s Republic of China
Beijing Normal University
Beijing Petroleum University
Beijing University of Chemical Technology
Beijing University of Technology (formerly Beijing Polytechnic University)
China University of Mining andTechnology Beijing
Guangzhou University
Shanghai University of Engineering Science
Shanghai Jiaotong University
Tongji University
Tsinghua University
University of Science and Technology Beijing

Philippines
University of the Philippines

Poland
Wroclaw University of Technology

Slovakia
TU Kosice

Sweden
Lulea University of Technology

Tanzania
University of Dar es Salaam

What level of English do you need to be granted the 476 visa?

You must provide evidence of English proficiency unless you hold a valid passport from the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland.

To do this show us evidence in the last three years you achieved:

Test Score
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Overall score of at least 6 with a minimum score of 5 for each of the 4 parts
Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT) Total score of at least 64 with a minimum score of 4 for listening, 4 for reading, 14 for writing and 14 for speaking
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) Overall score of at least 50 with a minimum score of 36 for each of the 4 parts
Occupational English Test (OET) At least B for each of the 4 parts
Cambridge C1 Advanced test Overall at least 169 with a minimum score of at least 154 in each of the 4 test components

How much does the 476 visa cost?

The visa costs AUD425 for the main applicant (January 2023). There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the visa with you. You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.

Can you include family in your application?

You can include members of the family unit in your application when you apply however they must meet the health and character requirements. You can add your children to the application until a decision on your application is made. You can’t add any other member of the family unit to your application during that period.


If you are a recent engineering graduate moving to Australia on the 476 visa, we might be able to help you with your job search. Register your CV here or search our jobs.

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