This visa allows recent engineering graduates to live, work or study in Australia for up to 18 months. You must have completed a degree or higher qualification from a specified institution within the past 2 years, and be under 31 years of age.


Threshold criteria

Applicants for the 476 visa must

  • be aged under 31 at time of application
  • have competent English
  • have completed a course in a prescribed discipline from a prescribed overseas institution within the last 24 months
  • the only discipline prescribed by legislative instrument so far is Engineering
  • not have held another 476 visa or a Skilled – Graduate (485) visa granted on the basis that the applicant had satisfied the primary criteria for the 476 or 485 visa


When you apply, you must have completed an engineering course for which you were awarded a degree or higher qualification in the last 2 years. This could be a:

  • bachelors degree
  • masters degree
  • doctoral degree
  • postgraduate diploma

This qualification must be in an engineering discipline, such as:

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

Educational institutions

You must have completed your engineering qualification at a specified educational institution. Any institution offering an Engineering qualification accredited under the Washington Accord is a specified institution.

If you studied at an institution or college that is only affiliated with a Washington Accord specified institution, you would not satisfy this requirement.

We will also accept an engineering degree (or higher qualification) from:

  • Argentina – Catholic University of Argentina
  • Brazil – Federal University of Minas Gerais
  • Chile – Universidad Catolica del Norte
  • Chile – Catholic University of Chile
  • Chile – University of Chile
  • Chile – University of Concepcion
  • Finland – HUT, Helsinki
  • Germany – RWTH, Aachen
  • Germany – Technical University of Berlin
  • Germany – Technical University of Clausthal
  • Germany – TU Bergakademie Freiberg
  • Germany – University of Hannover
  • Hungary – University of Miskolc
  • India – Anna University, Chennai
  • India – Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
  • India – Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • India – Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
  • India – Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad
  • Iran – Amir Kabir University of Technology
  • Iran – University of Tehran
  • People’s Republic of China – Beijing Normal University
  • People’s Republic of China – Beijing Petroleum University
  • People’s Republic of China – Beijing University of Chemical Technology
  • People’s Republic of China – Beijing University of Technology
  • People’s Republic of China – China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing
  • People’s Republic of China – Guangzhou University
  • People’s Republic of China – Shanghai University of Engineering Science
  • People’s Republic of China – Shanghai Jiaotong University
  • People’s Republic of China – Tongji University
  • People’s Republic of China – Tsinghua University
  • People’s Republic of China – 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

Have not held this visa

You must not have previously been the primary holder of a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) visa or a Skilled – Recognised Graduate (subclass 476) visa, unless you held one as members of the family unit.

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    Universities & Colleges

    Warwick Institute of Australia
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