Visa for Engineers in Australia
If you are an engineer and want to obtain a Permanent Residence as an engineer in Australia, there are several paths that you can explore. Here you will learn about the most common and recommended paths and learn step by step how to obtain your engineer visa in Australia.
⚠️ IMPORTANT: The information that we will present to you now IS OF A GENERAL CHARACTER and is based on the list of trades in demand as of the date of publication. Federal and state governments frequently review the trades that their respective economies need and based on this they introduce, change, and remove trades from their lists. This can happen at ANY time and without prior announcement.
What engineering are we talking about today?
The simplest way that we can summarize the way Australia views engineering is divided into 2: ‘hardware’ (physical matter) vs ‘software’ (computing). This pamphlet covers engineering related to physical matter, construction, and industrial processes. To validate these races you must go to Engineers Australia (EA). The engineering companies that are on the list of trades in demand today are:
- Chemical Engineering – 233111
- Materials Engineering – 233112
- Civil Engineering – 233211
- Geotechnical Engineering – 233212
- Structural Engineering – 233214
- Electrical Engineering – 233215
- Electronic Engineering – 233311
- Industrial Engineering – 233511
- Mechanical Engineering – 233512
- Plant or production engineering – 233513
- Mining Engineering – 233611
- Petroleum Engineering – 233612
- Aeronautical Engineering – 233911
- Agricultural Engineering – 233912
- Biomedical Engineering – 233913
- Technological Engineer – 233914
- Environmental Engineering – 233915
- Naval engineering – 233916
- Other Engineering – 233999 (Mechatronics, Acoustics, Product Design, Corrosion and Calibration)
Step 1: Validate title with Engineers Australia
They must present ALL the following requirements:
PTE 50 or General IELTS 6 in all 4 bands, and
Notes and bachelor’s degree certificate from a career in engineering that has lasted at least 4 years, and
Write 3 essays of 1,500 – 2,000 words each exposing Engineers Australia how you have learned and exercised the professional skills of an engineer.
Example of an episode to validate civil engineering: in the seventh semester, you were part of a group of students for 3 months where they made the model of an anti-seismic beam. After experimenting with various weights and resistance levels, the beam broke apart. They made several adjustments to the measure and the materials until the beam gave optimal resistance.
Essays can be based on graduate work, thesis, internships and/or work experience. Due to the high technicality of this process, Gamba Migration can only help you to review (but not write) the essays once you have the 90% on the way and in English.
Step 2: Gather many points, move to a rural area, or look for a sponsor
You have 2 paths, the ideal path is to find a sponsor, that is, a company that is willing to hire you and support your application for permanent residence in Australia. If the first option is not possible, you can compete in the Australian points system:
If you have a minimum of 2 years of post-graduation experience in the trade (it does not matter if you accumulated it here or in your country) you could be sponsored by a company. If you have NO experience you CANNOT be sponsored. Not just any company can sponsor you. It should make sense for the company to hire such a trade. Such a company must offer you a contract
working from 1 to 4 years. This is called having the ‘sponsor’ (visa 482).
If you have a minimum of 3 years of post-degree experience and your trade is in high demand, an employer anywhere in Australia can nominate you for permanent residence (visa 186). If you have a minimum of 3 years of post-degree experience and your trade is in low demand, only employers in rural areas can nominate you for temporary residence (visa 494).
To the point system you do not ‘apply’ directly, you must be ‘invited’ to apply. If your trade is in high demand and you collect 90-95 points, you could receive an invitation from the federal government for the 189 visa.
If your trade is in high or low demand and you meet 60 points, you can ask one of the states (visa 190) to invite you if that state is asking for professionals in your trade and if you meet its requirements BEFORE requesting the invitation. If your trade is in high or low demand and you have 50 points, you can ask a rural area (visa 491) to invite you if such a rural area is asking for professionals in your trade and if you meet their requirements BEFORE requesting the invitation.
What can I do if I do not reach the points required by Australia to be invited to visa 189?
1) Seek support from the state or rural area where your trade is in demand (you enter with 60 – 80 points).
The states are “jealous” and compete with each other for international students because they know that such a person is coming to spend money on courses and housing. Since most international students come to Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne, the other states and rural areas try to compete against these 3 cities by providing an “easier” path to residence as long as students:
a) study between 1 – 2 years in these states or rural areas BEFORE requesting an invitation, and/or
b) work in your trade in that state or rural area for a certain time BEFORE asking for an invitation. You should investigate whether your trade is in demand in the state where you want to live.
2) Find a labor sponsor in your trade.
Obviously, this is easy to say, but difficult to execute. Even more so in Australia where you not only need VERY GOOD ENGLISH to practice professional trades but there is also a high degree of competitiveness.
3) Put your trade aside and seek residency studying another trade that is more in demand.
Ironically, the trades that are not “well regarded” in Latin America have a lot of job opportunities and immigration in Australia. Examples: auto mechanics, plasterwork, carpentry, cooking, masonry, and painting. This is due to the Australian labor shortage in these trades.
4) Find a partner who has citizenship or residence.
Obviously it must be a legitimate relationship since such a process takes 3 years to give you residency.