NEW PR VISA – The Department has announced a new Pacific Engagement visa (subclass 192)

The Subclass 192 Pacific Engagement Visa (PEV) program is designed to offer 3,000 annual
placements, including for partners and dependent children, to citizens of Pacific Island countries
and Timor-Leste. Allocation of places is determined through a yearly ballot process.
The ballot is anticipated to commence in mid-2024, after all necessary arrangements have been
finalised and participating Pacific governments, as well as Timor-Leste, have had the opportunity
to review the final details. These developments follow the enactment of the Pacific Engagement
(subclass 192) visa regulations, which are set to take effect on 29 March 2024, after the
Amendment Act.
Additionally, the Migration (Visa Pre-application Process) Charge Act 2023, governing charges
for participation in the pre-application process, will also take effect following the commencement
of the Amendment Act. This ensures that charges remain capped at $100 (AUD), subject to
annual adjustments based on the Consumer Price Index. Applications for the ballot will be
available online through the Department of Home Affairs once the process is open.
To participate in the PEV ballot, individuals must:
 Be aged between 18 to 45
 Be from a participating country
 Complete an online form
 Pay a registration fee
The ballot process, conducted electronically, randomly selects individuals eligible to apply for the
Pacific Engagement Visa. It aims to ensure equal opportunity regardless of skill level,
occupation, or gender, promoting fairness and transparency for applicants from Pacific Island
nations and Timor-Leste.
Eligible Countries:
Priority is given to countries with limited permanent migration opportunities to Australia and those
without citizenship rights in New Zealand, France, and the United States. Eligible countries may
include:
 Federated States of Micronesia
 Fiji
 Kiribati
 Nauru
 Palau
 Papua New Guinea
 Republic of the Marshall Islands
 Samoa
 Solomon Islands
 Timor-Leste
 Tonga
 Tuvalu
 Vanuatu

Base Application Charge: The visa pre-application process (ballot) incurs a $25 (AUD) fee, while
the base PEV application charge is $325 (AUD), with additional fees for additional applicants.
Eligibility Criteria:

 Be aged between 18 and 45
 Be selected through the ballot process
 Have a formal ongoing job offer in Australia or a partner/spouse with a job offer
 Hold a passport from a participating country
 Be born in an eligible country or have a parent born there
Additionally, PEV holders will have access to Medicare, government-funded schools, and higher
education opportunities.
Access to Social Services:
Following the passage of the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Australia’s
Engagement in the Pacific) Bill 2023, eligible PEV holders will have immediate access to various
social services, including Family Tax Benefit A, Austudy, Youth Allowance (student and
apprentice), Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), and VET Student Loans (VSL) programs.

Written by Ross Ahmadzai

10 Apr, 2024

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