NEW Subclass 192 PEV

Subclass 192 – Pacific Engagement Visa (PEV) The Australian Government has committed to introducing the Pacific Engagement visa (PEV), a novel program offering permanent residency to citizens of selected Pacific Island nations and Timor-Leste.

Enhancing permanent migration from the Pacific to Australia is a key component of our strategy to strengthen ties with the region and foster a peaceful and prosperous environment.

The PEV will contribute to the growth of the Pacific community in Australia, facilitating robust interpersonal connections and fostering cultural, commercial, and educational exchanges.

The new Subclass 192 – Pacific Engagement visa will launch in 2024, offering up to 3,000 permanent slots annually for citizens of participating Pacific Island nations and Timor-Leste, along with their immediate family members, in addition to Australia’s existing permanent migration program.

PEV Ballot The PEV pre-application ballot aims to ensure equitable access to the visa for eligible individuals from Pacific island nations and Timor-Leste by randomly selecting applicants to proceed with the visa application. This ballot system guarantees a fair and transparent process, irrespective of skill level, occupation, or gender.

To participate in the visa ballot, applicants must meet certain criteria, including:

  • Being within a specified age range
  • Being a national of a participating country
  • Completing an online registration form and paying a registration fee

PEV Eligibility To qualify for the PEV, applicants must:

  • Be randomly chosen through the PEV ballot
  • Fall within the age bracket of 18 to 45 years
  • Hold a formal job offer in Australia
  • Satisfy other visa prerequisites, including English proficiency, character assessment, and health screenings

Detailed eligibility criteria will be provided prior to the PEV’s launch in 2024.

Settlement Services The Government will offer a range of assistance and services to aid PEV holders in settling in Australia.

PEV holders will benefit from post-arrival settlement support through programs such as:

  • Settlement Engagement and Transition Support
  • Adult Migrant English Program administered by the Department of Home Affairs

Moreover, PEV holders will have access to Medicare, government-funded education at all levels, including schools and higher education institutions.

Upon the passage of the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Australia’s Engagement in the Pacific) Bill 2023 on 14 November 2023, eligible PEV holders will gain immediate access to various benefits, including:

  • Family Tax Benefit A
  • Austudy
  • Youth Allowance for students and apprentices
  • Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)
  • VET Student Loans (VSL) programs

PEV holders will also be subject to the four-year Newly Arrived Resident Waiting period, akin to other permanent residents, for income support payments, including the Job Seeker payment.

Written by Ross Ahmadzai

20 Mar, 2024

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