Immigration Update: China now a full Signatory of the Washington Accord
China now a full Signatory of the Washington Accord –Engineers from China applying for residence Australia to benefit from this announcement.
China is now a full signatory of the Washington Accord. As a result, qualified engineers from China will have a more straightforward process when applying for a skills assessment through Engineers Australia.
The Washington Accord, signed in 1989, is an international agreement among bodies responsible for accrediting engineering degree programs. It recognises the substantial equivalency of programs accredited by those bodies and recommends that graduates of programs 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
It is important to note that this development will only benefit the skills assessment process through Engineers Australia. There has been no change to the Australian immigration application process after receiving a positive skills assessment from Engineers Australia. As such applicants are still required to meet all other Immigration criteria including English language competency.
The Australian Immigration Categories for which a positive skills assessment from Engineers Australia is required include the skilled independent visa category (Subclass 189), skilled nominated visa category (Subclass 190) as well as the Employer Nomination and in certain situations the 457 visa category.
For further information or assistance please contact Ivan Chait, details below:
General Manager, Immigration Services
Registered Migration Agent No. 9253612
Santa Fe Immigration Services
T: +61 2 9262 4477