In 2024. Australia will establish a new permanent resident visa program.
Pacific Engagement visa programs are new permanent resident visa for nationals of participating Pacific Island nations.
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However, the Australian Government has promised to roll out the Pacific Engagement visa (PEV). It is a new permanent resident visa program for people from the participating Pacific Island nations and Timor-Leste.
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The Subclass 192 – Pacific Engagement visa to be released in 2024. It will offer as many as 3,000 permanent vacancies every year for citizens of participating Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste and their family members. This is also on top of Australia’s permanent migration program. The PEV will increase the Pacific diaspora of Australia.
The Australian Government passed immigration act which allowed ballot on 19 October 2023 to establish a new PEV.
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The ballot introduces equal opportunity for all the eligible Pacific Island and Timor-Leste nationals with different skills, gender, background to apply for permanent visa of Australia.
To be eligible for the PEV, you must:
- Be randomly selected through the PEV ballot
- Be aged between 18 and 45 years
- Have a formal job offer in Australia and
- Meet other visa requirements, including English language, character and health checks.
- PEV holders will have access to Medicare, government-funded school and higher education places.
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Following passage of the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Australia’s Engagement in the Pacific) Bill 2023 in the Australian Parliament on 14 November 2023, eligible PEV holders will have immediate access to:
- Family Tax Benefit A
- Youth Allowance (student and apprentice)
- Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) and
- VET Student Loans (VSL) programs.
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