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Subclass 476: Skilled – Overseas Graduate Visa


Subclass 476 visa offers up to 18 months of unfettered work and study rights in Australia to graduates who are below the age of 31 and have completed an engineering degree at a specified foreign university within 2 years prior to lodging the application. It can only be issued once in a lifetime.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for this visa, the applicant must:

  • Not have held a Subclass 476 or 485 visa as a primary applicant;
  • Be under the age of 31;
  • Have completed a specified award in engineering at a specified institution within 24 months of the subclass 476 application being lodged; and
  • Have demonstrated the requisite English proficiency.

Specified Award

The applicants must have completed an engineering course for which he or she was awarded a degree or higher qualification in the last 2 years. This could be a:

  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Master’s degree;
  • Doctoral degree;
  • Postgraduate diploma;

This qualification must be in an engineering discipline, that includes:

  • Civil engineering
  • Structural engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Electronics engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Production engineering
  • Plant engineering
  • Mining engineering
  • Material engineering

Specified Institution

To qualify for this visa, the applicants must have graduated from eligible universities. The list is extensive, and for the details please visit our blog – Eligible Universities – Subclass 476 – Overseas Graduate

English Requirements

The applicants must evidence a minimum of English proficiency, unless a citizen of the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Ireland or New Zealand. The requisite English proficiency is the same as applicants for Subclass 482 visas. For details, visit our blog – Subclass 485 English Requirements

Relevant Public Interest Criteria:

4001, 4002, 4003, 4004, 4005, 4010, 4020 and 4019 (if applicable)

Relevant Special Return Criteria:

5001, 5002 and 5010

Visa Conditions

If the applicant is outside of Australia:

  • Date of first entry must be specified in the visa grant
  • Secondary applicants may be imposed Condition 8502 on which the visa holder must not enter Australia before the entry to Australia of a person specified in the visa.
  • All applicants may be imposed Condition 8515 on which the visa holder must not marry or enter into a de facto relationship before entering Australia.

Application Charges

  • Base application charge: $405
  • Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is at least 18: $200
  • Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is less than 18: $100