Australia Announces New Pacific Engagement Visa

The Australian Government has committed to a new permanent resident visa program and will introduce the Pacific Engagement Visa (PEV) for nationals of participating Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste.

Key Information
  • The new Subclass 192 – Pacific Engagement visa will be introduced in 2024.
  • It will provide up to 3,000 permanent places annually for citizens of participating Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste and their immediate family members. This is in addition to Australia’s permanent migration program.

On 19 October 2023, the Australian Government passed immigration legislation to enable the use of a ballot for the new PEV.

The ballot ensures that eligible Pacific Island and Timor-Leste nationals of all skill levels, gender and backgrounds have equal opportunity to apply for a permanent visa for Australia.

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