If you are an engineer look no further, you are at an advantage if you want to migrate to Australia. It can be evidenced by the large variety of specializations included in the Skilled Occupations List (SOL). Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has introduced a number of laws and regulations to benefit engineers who wish to migrate to the country.
English Language Testing
Before 01 January 2016, IELTS English language test was the only acceptable evidence. Since then the skills assessment authority, Engineers Australia (EA), can also opt for TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test) for skills assessment application.
The other benefit is towards an Australian student visa holders who has pursued an undergraduate engineering qualification, or a 2-year master program, or PhD program, from a recognised Australian educational provider, will be exempt from EA’s English language ability testing requirement.
Masters Qualifications/Accreditations
Generally speaking, you need to have an accredited bachelor degree so as to be able to bypass the Competency Demonstration Report (CDR) process. Engineers Australia has now accredited certain Masters qualifications in Australia for CDR exemption.
This means that if you have an undergrad degree from an overseas educational institution, you can use your Australian master’s qualification to apply for skills assessment, without the need to fulfil CDR requirements. Some advanced diplomas, as assessed by Engineers Australia, are also recognized for CDR exemption purposes.
Priority-based Services
EA has introduced a Priority-based Services, which offers a 5-day turnaround period, comparing to the usual turnaround period of 13 weeks, in order to benefit certain types of engineers and employers.
Changes in 476 Visas
If you graduate from one of the universities below, you might be eligible for a 18-month temporary work visa, called Skilled Recognised Graduate visa (subclass 476).

  • Argentina

Catholic University of Argentina

  • Brazil

Federal University of Minas Gerais

  • Chile

Universidad Catolica del Norte Catholic University of Chile—Antofagasta
University of Chile
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

  • People’s Republic of 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

  • *Washington Accord institutions

Any institution offering an Engineering qualification accredited under the Washington Accord is a recognised institution. The Washington Accord is an international agreement among bodies responsible for accrediting engineering degree programmes. It recognises the substantial equivalency of programmes accredited by those bodies and recommends that graduates of programmes accredited by any of the signatory bodies be recognised by the other bodies as having met the academic requirements for entry to the practice of engineering.
State Nominations
As one of the most demanding and well-paying professions in Australia, engineers in any specialisation is always on top of many Australian states’ favourite (as its high demand in many industries) and they are willing to sponsor you.
With a state nomination, you will be awarded 5 points (for 190 visa purpose) or 10 points (for 489 visa purpose) so that your chance of being invited in EOI is highly improved.

If you are an engineer in Australia, from overseas, or you are a recent enginnering graduate, and you are interested in migrate to Australia, give us a call on +61 3 9078 6819 or email us on team@thinkvisa.com.au to discuss your situation or visit our website on www.thinkvisa.com.au.