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PACIFIC ENGAGEMENT VISA

27 March 2024

The first ballot for the Pacific Engagement visa (PEV) is expected to commence in mid-2024, once all remaining administrative arrangements for the visa are in place and Pacific governments and Timor-Leste have had time to consider the final arrangements.

This follows the Pacific Engagement (subclass 192) visa regulations that will take effect after the Amendment Act on 29 March 2024.

The PEV will offer permanent residence for up to 3000 nationals (inclusive of primary visa holders and eligible family members) annually from participating Pacific island countries and Timor-Leste, through a visa pre-application ballot process.

Eligible individuals from Pacific island countries and Timor-Leste will have equal access to the PEV through the ballot that will randomly select participants to apply for the visa. This includes providing equal access to the PEV for existing Pacific workers in Australia.

To be granted a PEV, the primary visa applicant must have drawn a place in the PEV ballot, hold a valid visa if applying in Australia, meet age, and standard Public Interest Criteria such as health and character.  The primary applicant or their spouse or de facto partner must also have a written offer of ongoing employment in Australia and meet English language requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Pacific Engagement Visa?
The Pacific Engagement Visa will be a new permanent resident visa for participating countries across the Pacific and Timor-Leste.

Up to 3,000 visas, inclusive of partners and dependent children, will be allocated annually to Pacific and Timor-Leste nationals through a ballot process.

The Pacific Engagement Visa will grow the Pacific and Timor-Leste diaspora in Australia, build on our strong people‑to‑people links, and encourage greater cultural, business and educational exchange.

Who will be eligible for the Pacific Engagement Visa?
To be eligible for the Pacific Engagement Visa, primary applicants will need to:

  • be aged between 18 to 45 to enter the ballot

  • be selected through the ballot process

  • secure a formal ongoing job offer in Australia (or their partner/spouse must have a job offer)

  • meet English language, character and health checks

  • hold a passport for a participating country

  • have been born in or have a parent who was born in an eligible country.

 

Applicants can include a partner and legally dependent children in their application.

Further program settings and details, including ballot and visa eligibility requirements will be made available closer to the commencement of the program.

Which countries will be involved?
Priority is being given to countries with limited permanent migration opportunities to Australia, and countries without citizenship rights with New Zealand, France and the United States.

Eligible countries could include Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

The Australian Government continues to consult Pacific countries and Timor-Leste on their interest in participating in the program.

How will country allocations be determined?
Visa allocations will be based on several factors including population size, diaspora in Australia, existing migration opportunities, expected demand and participating country views.

The Government is consulting further with Pacific partners on their inclusion and country allocations to ensure the program is delivering on shared needs and objectives.

For more information and updates, see the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) website via this link:

https://www.dfat.gov.au/geo/pacific/people-connections/people-connections-in-the-pacific/pacific-engagement-visa

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