Attention all Engineering Graduates who have completed their studies outside of Australia – this may be your last opportunity to gain work experience in Australia upon the completion of your studies!
According to a DIBP internal paper obtained by The Australian Financial Review, DIBP is expected to drop the Skilled Recognised Graduate visa (Subclass 476) as early as next year.
This visa was introduced to ease engineering shortages in Australia and allows recent engineering graduates from recognised universities to work in Australia for up to 18 months in order to gain work experience. Applicants must be under the age of 31, have evidence of competent English language ability and have graduated within two years from the date of application from a recognised foreign institutions.
If you have completed an eligible engineering qualification (Bachelors, Masters or Doctoral degree or Postgraduate Diploma) from a recognised institution in the past two years, you may be eligible for this visa. The number of applicants utilising this pathway remains small with only 1100 visas granted in 2013-14. If you think you might be eligible, contact us for advice today.
Recognised institutions include:
Washington Accord institutions: Any institution offering an Engineering qualification accredited under the Washington Accord is a 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 or the University of Concepcion
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—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
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