The Recognised Graduate Temporary Visa (subclass 476) for Australia is for applicants that have graduated from selected universities around the world. It allows them to gain up to 18 months of experience in Australia in occupations that are in demand. It falls under the skilled migrant class of visas.
Who can apply for a Recognised Graduate Temporary Visa (subclass 476)?
- Applicants must be under the age of 31.
- Applicants for the Recognised Graduate Temporary Visa (subclass 476) must have graduated from a recognised overseas learning institution in the last 2 years.
- The degree or higher qualification must be in a discipline specified by the Minister by Legislative and must have focused on one of the following disciplines:
- Civil engineering.
- Structural engineering.
- Chemical engineering.
- Environmental engineering.
- Electrical and electronics engineering.
- Mechanical, production and plant engineering.
- Mining and material engineering.
- No applications are permitted from an applicant who has previously held a subclass 476 or 485 visa on the basis of satisfying the primary criteria.
- The normal health, character and other public interest and special return criteria must be met.
- Satisfactory English must be shown by means of testing unless you are a citizen of the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, the United States of America or the Republic of Ireland.
What about dependants?
When applying for a Recognised Graduate Temporary Visa (subclass 476), you can include your children as well as any other dependent relatives. Depending upon their age, they must meet the health, character and Australian Values Statement criteria.
What does the Recognised Graduate Temporary Visa (subclass 476) allow you to do?
During the duration of the visa the applicant is allowed to:
- Undertake further professional studies.
- Study to improve English skills.
Important information on the Recognised Graduate Temporary Visa (subclass 476)
- At the time of writing, a wide range of educational institutions throughout the world are listed, but the only discipline specified is engineering.
- No pass mark or skills assessment is required for this visa subclass.
- This visa subclass is subject to visa capping.
Further visas that Recognised Graduate Temporary Visa holders can apply for
Holders of subclass 476 visas may be eligible to apply for the following kinds of visas whilst in Australia:
- Skilled – Independent subclass 189.
- Skilled – Nominated subclass 190.
- Skilled – Regional sponsored (provisional) subclass 489.
- Business Long Stay subclass 457.
- ENS or RSMS visas.
- Student visas.
- Partner visas .
If you want to find out more about the Recognised Graduate Temporary Visa (subclass 476) or other options for Australian Immigration, please feel free to call us on + 27 (0) 21 202 2800 or e-mail us here.
Important information about who can help you
There are many reported horror stories of individuals parting with large amounts of money to ‘immigration agents’, only to end up disappointed and with no visa.
There is one golden rule you should follow – only deal with licensed immigration agents. Intergate Emigration has a fully licensed advisor – Katrin Maja Maehl, You can view her details on the official Migration Agents Authority website here.
You may even see agents outside of Australia with an Australian DIBP Offshore ID. This looks very official and gives you a sense of security – do not be fooled!
Migration agents operating outside Australia do not have to be registered with the Office of the MARA. But remember the department issues ‘offshore agents’ with an identification number for administrative purposes only.
This DIBP number does not mean the agent is registered and it does not represent an endorsement of the agent by the Australian Government. In short, you are not dealing with a registered agent and the agent does not have the backing of the MARA.
If you cannot find the agent on the MARA website do not deal with them.