The Pacific Engagement visa (PEV) will be implemented, the Australian government has said. This is a new initiative for citizens of participating Timor-Leste and Pacific Island nations seeking a permanent residence visa.
Beginning in 2024, there will be a new Subclass 192 – Pacific Engagement visa. Up to 3,000 permanent spots will be made available each year to nationals of Timor-Leste and partner Pacific Island nations, as well as their immediate family members. This is on top of Australia’s scheme for permanent immigration. The PEV will increase the Pacific diaspora of Australians.
In order to facilitate the use of a ballot for the new PEV, the Australian government approved immigration laws on October 19, 2023.
Through the poll, all qualified citizens of Timor-Leste and the Pacific Islands, regardless of origin, gender, or skill level, will have an equal chance to apply for an Australian permanent visa.
In order to qualify for the PEV, you have to:
- 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.
Eligible PEV holders will have instant access to the following once the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Australia’s Engagement in the Pacific) Bill 2023 is passed by the Australian Parliament on November 14, 2023.
- Family Tax Benefit A
- Youth Allowance (student and apprentice)
- Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) and
- VET Student Loans (VSL) programs.
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Source: The Financial Express