Australian authorities introduced a new permanent resident visa program, the Pacific engagement visa, for nationals of participating Pacific island countries and Timor-Leste.

Key Points:

  • The new permanent resident visa program will fall under subclass 192. It will provide 3,000 citizens of participating Pacific island countries and Timor-Leste and their immediate family members permanent placement.
  • More information on eligibility requirements can be found on the PEV (subclass 192) page.

Additional Information: To be eligible for the PEV, individuals must be between 18 and 45 years old, have a formal job offer in Australia and meet other visa requirements, including English language, character and health checks. The PEV allocation will be determined by a ballot process each year, and those selected will then be able to apply for permanent residence. The Department of Home Affairs stated that applications will be completed online, and the filing window should start in July.

BAL Analysis: Government officials stated that the new permanent resident visa program will grow Pacific migration in Australia and strengthen cultural, business and educational exchanges. BAL will continue following this matter and will provide further information ahead of the commencement of the program in 2024.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice Group.

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