What Do You Know About the Pacific Engagement Visa (PEV)?
Did you know that the Australian government has plans to introduce a new immigration visa called the Pacific Engagement Visa this year? Today’s blog brings you the latest updates regarding the Pacific Engagement Visa and how you can apply for it.
The Pacific Engagement Visa (PEV) was announced by the government of Australia as part of the Federal Budget on 25 October 2022 with the aim of bringing more people to the Pacific and making permanent migration to Pacific Australia more convenient. The PEV is expected to help in the growth of Australia’s Pacific region and Timor-Leste diaspora while promoting cultural, educational, and transactional exchange.
A ballot process is going to be utilized for allocating up to 3,000 visas across Timor-Leste and Pacific countries. Individuals selected in the ballot process are going to receive invitations to apply for permanent residency. Applicants will be required to fulfill different migration requirements to pass the visa eligibility criteria while securing a written employment agreement in Australia. Applicants are also allowed to submit visa applications for their partners and legal children.
It seems that Pacific communities and various governments are partnering up to offer consultation for designing the PEV in order to make sure that the final program fulfills all the unique requirements and prioritizes the development of a peaceful and prosperous Pacific region.
You can start submitting your online applications to the Department of Home Affairs for the ballot process from July 2023.
You will get more information related to the process before the process launches.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How to become eligible for the PEV?
In order to apply for the PEV, you must meet the following eligibility requirements;
- You need to be 18 to 45 years of age.
- You must have an employment contract from an employer in Australia.
- You must fulfill all Character, health, and English language requirements.
Keep in mind that all applicants must participate in the ballot process to apply for the PEV. More information regarding the PEV eligibility criteria is expected to come before July 2023, so don’t forget to subscribe to our channel to catch the latest updates.
What sort of Support Services will be offered to PEV applicants in Australia?
The program includes measures that are mutually beneficial for PEV applicants, Australia, and partner governments. Apart from providing pleasant housing facilities and economic security, applicants will also receive other benefits. For instance, they will get assistance in bearing the cost of raising a family along with the financial support required for education and training.
Eligible PEV applicants who obtain permanent residency are going to get access to different support services that include;
- English Migrant Program for Adults
- Family Tax Benefit B
- Settlement Engagement and Transition Support Program
Are PEV applicants free to choose where they can stay in Australia?
Successful PEV applicants are offered permanent visas, allowing them to freely pick a place in Australia where they want to live, study, and work.
What support will PEV applicants who are seeking employment in Australia receive?
The government of Australia promises to set up a regional department responsible for connecting PEV applicants with potential employers in Australia. Applicants will get access to multiple job roles suitable for a variety of skills.
In addition to this, the regional department is going to guide successful PEV applicants about how to settle and live in Australia in a way that’s appropriate and relevant to their specific cultures.
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