This visa allows:
Last updated 16 February 2018 (for month ending 31 January 2018)
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You might be able to get a Skilled — Recognised Graduate visa (subclass 476) if:
In the two years before you apply, you must have completed one of the following qualifications in engineering:
Your qualification must contain a major sequence of study or specialisation in engineering, such as:
You must have completed your engineering qualification at a
recognised educational institution. Study at an institution or college that is affiliated with a recognised institution does not satisfy this requirement.
If you are a citizen of the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, the United States of America or the Republic of Ireland or you hold a valid passport from one of those countries, you are considered to meet the English language requirement for this visa. Otherwise, you must provide evidence of having achieved the following scores from one of the specified
English language tests. You must complete your English language test before you apply.
You must meet certain
health requirements. The health examinations you need will depend on your personal circumstances, including your country of citizenship, time spent in another country during the last five years and your intended activities in Australia. The results of your health examinations are generally valid for 12 months.
You are able to
organise your health examinations upfront before lodging a visa application.
You must meet certain
character requirements. You must be prepared to provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age. Do not arrange for police certificates until we ask you to.
This applies to you and any member of your family unit listed in the application.
You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this visa can be granted.
This also applies to all dependent family members in your application who are 18 years of age or older.
The Skilled — Recognised Graduate visa (subclass 476) allows recent engineering graduates of eligible universities to gain up to 18 months of skilled work experience in occupations. It is a temporary visa.
Your family can also apply to join you in Australia after the visa is granted.
This visa allows you and your family stay in Australia for up to 18 months. While in Australia, you can:
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You may be inside or outside Australia when you apply for this visa however you must be outside of Australia when the visa is decided, unless you are a New Zealand citizen who holds a Special Category visa (subclass 444). A New Zealand citizen who holds a Special Category visa (subclass 444) can be in or outside Australia when the visa is decided.
A Skilled — Recognised Graduate visa (subclass 476) is valid for up to 18 months.
You can include the following people in your visa application at the time of lodgement:
For detailed information regarding who you can include in your application see
including family members in your application.
The application must include documentary evidence of their relationship to you. Members of your family unit must be able to show that they meet
They cannot use the online form to apply.
They can be in or outside Australia when they apply for this visa.
Workers in Australia – including visa holders with permission to work – have rights under Australian workplace law.
Fair Work Ombudsman’s Pay and Conditions Tool (PACT) provides information on pay rates, shift calculations, leave arrangements and notice and redundancy entitlements.
See also:Workplace rights for all visa holders working in Australia
You and your family must comply with all Australian laws.
You can live and work anywhere in Australia and engage in any type of employment.
You can use
Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.
If you have a ‘No further stay’ condition on your visa, you cannot apply for a new visa while you are in Australia, except in extremely limited circumstances. You must leave Australia no later than the date on which your visa ends.
If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. In most cases, you and your family members must have valid passports to be granted this visa.
You might be able to update your passport details using
You must provide documents to support your application for this visa. We can make a decision using the information you provide when you lodge your application. It is in your interest to provide as much information as possible with your application.
You must provide certified copies of original documents. Do not include original documents unless we specifically ask for them. Documents not in English must be accompanied by accredited English translations.
You can apply for this visa online using:
Application for a Temporary Graduate or Skilled Regional visa.
You must provide all relevant documents and pay the visa application charge by credit card when you apply.
To apply by post or courier, use the following form:
Form 1276 - Application for general skilled migration to Australia (922 kB PDF).
This form is only available online. You can print it, complete it, and then send by post or courier. You must provide all relevant documents and pay the visa application charge when you apply.
Send completed forms and documents by post or courier to the
Adelaide office - attention Adelaide General Skilled Migration Processing Centre.
Please refer to
preparing your application, for information on:
After you have lodged your application and documents, we will acknowledge that we have received your information.
You can track and manage your application using
Note: If you submitted a paper application you can import your application into
We have visa processing times for each visa.
Your application could take longer if you need character or health checks (including x-rays), if you need to provide more information, or if your application is incomplete.
Do not make arrangements to travel to Australia until you are advised in writing that you have been granted a visa.
We could also ask you for more information. You will have to respond by a set date. After that date, we can make a decision about your application using the information that we have. You might be able to provide additional information, including Form 1023, using
If another person gives us information that could result in you being refused a visa, we will usually give you the opportunity to comment on the information.
You might also be interviewed. If you are asked to attend an interview in person, bring your passport or other identification and any requested documents to the interview.
You must tell us if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.
More information is available in the Tell us of changes tab.
Tell us if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth or death in your family.
You can use the following forms:
You might be able to update your address and passport details using
If you do not provide us with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and may be denied permission to board your plane.
You can withdraw the application at any time before we make a decision about it. To do this, send us a letter or email to ask for the withdrawal. Your request must include your full name and date of birth. You should also include your file reference number, client ID, or a Transaction Reference Number.
All applicants 18 years of age or older, wishing to withdraw, must sign the request for withdrawal.
Please note if you withdraw your application you will not be entitled to a refund of fees and charges associated with the visa application.