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How to apply for the 476 visa for engineers in Australia?

If you are an engineer, a recent graduate of a recognized university and you wish to visit Australia, do not hesitate to visit our web page, here you will be able to solve any doubt related to the 476 visa, perfect to move to the Aussie territory and perfect to broaden your knowledge.

With Visado Migration Services you will be able to apply for the 476 visa without any problem, we will guide you to collect all the documents you need, so do not be afraid to take that big step and dare to visit Australia so you can gather more information and knowledge.

How to apply for the 476 visa for engineers in Australia?

How to apply for the 476 visa for engineers in Australia?

To apply for the 476 visa, also known as Skilled – Recognised Graduat, you must be a recent engineering graduate from one of the universities eligible by the Australian Government, so you can stay in the Australian territory for 18 months, as long as you have no more than 2 years of graduation from a foreign university.

Some universities approved by the Australian Government belong to Chile, for example, the Universidad de Chile and the Universidad de Concepción; in Argentina we can name the Universidad Católica de Argentina; also in Europe, specifically in Germany, we find the Aachen University of Technology, Technical University of Berlin, among others. Finally, we can highlight that St. Petersburg State University, located in Russia, as well as Moscow State University are approved by Australia. 


  • You must be under 31 years of age. 
  • You must be fluent in English.
  • You must be healthy. 
  • You must have an engineering degree, maximum two years, certifying your bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree. 
  • Your engineering degree should be based on the following majors, civil, structural, chemical, environmental, electrical, mechanical, mechanical, electronic, mining and materials engineering.

On the Engineers Australia page, you will be able to validate your degree once you find an engineering that is associated, for example, if you are a telecommunications graduate, you can validate your degree as an electronics engineer, because the subject matter of this career is very similar to the first one. The same happens with industrial engineering, which can be validated by the Australian Government as mechanical engineering. 

To make this change or validation, you just have to make sure that both professions have a very similar curriculum.

What English score do I need to apply for the 476 visa?

You need to pass the IELTS test with a minimum of 6 points, while in the TOEFL you must obtain at least 18 points in writing, reading, dialect and comprehension. 

How do I apply for the 476 visa?

  • Your passport must be valid, if it is about to expire, you must renew it. 
  • All your documents must be legalized and translated into English. 
  • Apply online on the Immiaccount website, here you can attach all the documents already scanned and pay with a credit card. You can also apply by mail, but you need to print the form and send it together with the rest of the requested documents.

The only thing left to do is to wait for the authorities’ response in order to continue with the rest of the procedures.

When your visa is approved, you will receive a number on it so you can make use of it, otherwise you will be informed that it was rejected and you will be told when you can make a claim for review.

What can I do with this visa

You will be able to stay for 1 year and 6 months in Australia, and if you wish you can continue studying to improve your English or acquire more knowledge in the area of engineering, work and travel throughout Australia. You will be able to do all this without restrictions as long as you obtain your 476 visa. 

Steps to apply for a visa

The visa can take more or less than 5 months, the first thing you must take into account is that you must have an engineering degree in Australia in order to apply for your 476 visa. Generally people decide to do this procedure for convenience and speed at the time of submitting the documents to the Immigration Department. Next, we will mention the documents that you need to collect:

  • Skills assessment certificate of approval, obtained from Engineers Australia.
  • Document about your behavior in the countries you have lived in for more than 1 year (criminal record). 
  • Completed application forms with the corresponding visa information.
  • Certificate with more than 64 points passed in TOEFL; 6.0 in IELTS. The OET and PTE are also valid, but you must provide an exam that you have passed within the last 3 years. Finally, the CAE also works, but you must have a minimum score of 154 points.
  • Birth certificate 
  • Grades of all the subjects you took in the course. 
  • Photocopied engineering degree, so that it can be verified that you have graduated.


Prices may vary, remember that each process is different. You may spend between $105,551 AUD and $131,107 AUD for all of them, these values vary according to whether you want a faster or slower process. 

Process time

Everything will depend on the Government and the time it takes to collect all the documents, it can be 7 months or more. In Engineers Australia there are two processes, the short and the long, obviously if you want your documents to take less time you must pay a little more, so that in approximately 2 weeks the processing of your MSA (Migration Skills Assessment) is ready.

After applying for the visa through the web, the Department of Immigration can take approximately 4 months to approve the 476 visa, although the platform states that the average waiting time is 7 months. Once your permit is approved, you will have the opportunity to enter Australia within 9 months.

How can I validate my engineering degree to work in Australia?

This is usually the most common question asked by those who are interested in living and working in Australia. It is important to highlight that the requirements are not the same in all labor sectors, but the company where you want to work will request a series of documents, however, these that we will mention below are the most common ones.

  • Duration of your studies. 
  • Status of the university where you studied at a global level. 
  • Academic program of the career. 
  • Detailed description of the content of each subject. 
  • Rating system, compared to the Australian system.
  • Depending on your place of residence, you may be asked to have a personal interview or you will have to take a test to qualify your skills. 

Working as an engineer in Australia

If you are an engineer and your 476 visa has already been approved, so you are looking for a job, you should know that in Australia this is one of the most demanded professions, no matter what your branch is, you can always get a job as an engineer. The opportunities offered by the aussie territory are very well seen.

Australian employers always require an engineer to be in charge of some of their departments or specific tasks, although it is true that there are different specializations and each of them has a different salary, what we will show you below is an approximation of what corresponds to an average annual salary of an engineer.

  • Civil Engineers – AUD $105,000.
  • Mining Engineers – AUD $110,000.
  • Aeronautical Engineering – AUD $90,000.
  • Chemical plant operators – AUD$100,000.
  • Engineering under construction – AUD $92,000.
  • Electronics Engineers – AUD $90,000.

Most Australian companies are interested in recent engineering graduates, because when hiring them they can train them according to the requirements of the position and the company in question. So it is possible to add professional experience to your CV.

The main candidates for these positions are those who have perfect English skills, have been trained in a quality institution and possess communication, leadership and teamwork skills.

If you wish to work as an engineer in Australia, then you must apply for your 476 visa, which will serve as permission to enter the country, however, you must know very well that you can only apply for it if you have just finished your university degree in engineering, at most two years before.

With the Skilled Recognised Graduate, you will have the opportunity to stay for 1 year and a few months in Australia, gather knowledge and experience and work full time. 

Where can I look for a job in Australia?

If you are an engineer and you are looking for a job in Australia, you can access several job boards, which will help you to get your ideal job. In Jobsearch; Job Quick Job; Careerone; Jobnet or Seek, you will be able to get a variety of jobs that will help you generate more experience.

Many recent graduates are interested in moving to Australia to work as an engineer, however, this will not be possible if you still do not have a degree from the institution, which accredits your profession and a certificate of English, although you can get it in the country, although the 476 visa is not suitable for studying the language.

However, you don’t have much to worry about, once you have all your requirements you will be ready to come to Australia, fulfill your dreams and enjoy its wonderful landscapes, culture and people. 

Other work visas to immigrate to Australia

Other work visas to immigrate to Australia

In addition to the 476 visa, there are other types of permits that will allow you to visit Australia and live for a period of time in the territory, so that you can gain experience and enjoy a relaxed and fun-filled Australian lifestyle.

Australian Skilled Immigration Program

This program allows you to visit Australia, as long as you participate in the immigration program or achieve the total number of points in the system imposed by the Government.

This visa is only for people who do not have an Australian employer to sponsor their permit and who are professionals and workers under 45 years of age. Another requirement for those who wish to apply for this visa is to have recognized qualifications and years of work experience in the required occupations.

This program allows immigrants with a high specialized profile and excellent English proficiency to settle in Australia with their families on a temporary or permanent basis, even allowing them to eventually opt for citizenship in the country.

Please note that these visas are granted according to the applicant’s objective, job skills and the professional demand in the Australian labor market.

What can I do if I do not accumulate the necessary points?

Apply for a visa that allows you to reside in the regional areas: generally these states are competing for foreigners who have recently graduated. Generally students want to come to Sydney or Melbourne because they are two very advanced and active cities. However, it is much easier to get residency in rural areas. 

To qualify for this type of visa, they only have to be a student for 2 years in a regional area and then apply for a residence permit, or work in a job or trade that is in high demand in this state.

Look for a job sponsor: engineers are in high demand in Australia, so if you could not get a visa by your own means you can ask an employer to sponsor you, but you must know English very well and have a high degree of competitiveness.

Take advantage of expanding your knowledge: study English or take a course in Australia, you will be able to opt for temporary residence and at the same time you will be able to work. Depending on your profession, you will be able to manage very well in the territory for at least one year, this will give you time to get the necessary documentation to apply for permanent residence.

Get matched with an Australian citizen or resident: obviously this relationship must be legitimate and you must have at least 2 years of relationship with that person, prior to the application. Do not try to cheat the Australian Government, it can be worse. In addition, residency can take up to 3 years to be granted.

Australian permanent Employer Nomination Scheme 186 visa (Employer Nomination Scheme 186)

Only skilled workers or temporary residents may apply for this visa, where employees must be nominated by the Australian employer for the purpose of filling a position. 

  • If you are a candidate you must be under 50 years of age and have extensive certified experience in the job for which you are nominated, and your English language skills must be very good. On the other hand, the employer must demonstrate that it has exhausted all options in the Aussie territory to find a worker, therefore, it has the need to fill the position with a highly qualified foreign employee. 
  • The worker may work for a maximum of 2 years on a full-time basis. In addition, there are three options to obtain this visa. 
  • The candidate has a temporary work visa, has been in the position for two years in this job, so the employer wishes to offer him a permanent position with the company. 
  • The candidate has not previously worked in Australia or the work to be performed has been brief, however, the nominating employer has previously worked with him/her, but as the candidate does not have a temporary work visa he/she must apply for one outside Australia.

Thanks to this visa, you will be able to obtain, after a period of time, permanent residence, including your family members, as long as their entry to the country is stated in the application.

All applicants will be able to study and work in Australia, will benefit from Medicare and other social programs, will be able to travel in and out of the country for 5 years and will be eligible for Australian citizenship.

Australian work visas for specialists

This permit is granted on a permanent or temporary basis, to those persons who must perform specific functions in the professional, sports, cultural, among others, in the Australian territory. For these cases the 403 visa category is requested. 

Australian Temporary Work Visa for International Relations (category 403)

This subcategory 403 visa is only granted to workers performing work within the aussie territory for the purpose of carrying out a specific activity related to bilateral or multilateral terms and conditions between the Commonwealth and any other government.

If you represent the government of another nation, for example, you are a foreign language teacher positioned by the French Minister of Education in Australia.

However, diplomats and other persons enjoying immunity do not require a sponsor when applying for a visa.

Australian Distinguished Talent Visa outside Australia (subclass 124)

This visa will allow you to stay in the country as long as you have an outstanding and exceptional profile related to art, sports, acting or research. You must be active in the profession and outside the country, in this way you can be nominated for a 124 visa by a recognized organization.

Thanks to this visa you can live and work permanently in Australia, and if you wish you can study at a school or university, apply for Australian citizenship, sponsor other people to obtain permanent residency and receive medical benefits.

Australian Distinguished Talent Visa in Australia (category 858)

It is very similar to the 124 category visa, the only difference is that to apply for this visa you must be within the aussie territory, be a celebrity or occupy a profession related to sports, arts and research.

You will be able to live and work in Australia permanently, in addition to receiving all the legal benefits that an Australian citizen has.

Working Holiday Visas in Australia (subclass 462)

Also known as Work and Holiday visa, it is one of the most popular visas, which will allow you to enter the country as long as you are under 31 years old and belong to Uruguay, Argentina, Chile or Spain, this way you will be able to work and study while you travel throughout the aussie territory. 

The main requirements are:

  • Be between 18 and 30 years of age.
  • Have a valid passport and eligible citizenship.
  • Be fluent in English.
  • Provide a letter stating the reasons why you would like to reside in Australia. 
  • Dependent children may not be included in this visa. 
  • Not having previously applied for and entered Australia with a “Working Holiday, subclass 417”.
  • Have sufficient funds to allow you to stay in Australia for a period of time. 
  • Have enough money to buy a return ticket to your home country. 
  • To have medical insurance.

Australian Regional Employment Visas

This visa is granted by the Australian Government, through an immigration program, which allows recently graduated engineers to move to a specific area. The objective of this program is to attract young foreigners who are skilled and willing to work.

They must be under 50 years of age, have a good command of English and their academic qualifications or work experience must be commensurate with the work required in Australia.

The Australian Government has taken on the task of granting these permits in order to meet the needs of regional areas in Australia, thus filling vacancies in different states of the country.

Its objective is for young foreigners to enter the country, with their respective permits, who, of course, are fluent in English, are under 50 years of age and their work experience or qualifications complement the vacant position.

To close you should take into account that, if you are a recent engineering graduate, regardless of the branch, you can enter Australia by applying for a 476 visa, which will help you stay in the country for more than one year and will allow you to gain experience.

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