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Pacific Engagement Visa (PEV)

April 22, 2024

Get ready for the first Pacific Engagement Visa opening on 3 June 2024.

PEV ballot information

PEV visa information

What are the details?

The PEV or the Pacific Engagement Visa Subclass 192 will allow 3000 people to become Australian Permanent Residents each year. 

This will include the main visa applicant along with secondary applicants like spouse or de facto partner and eligible family members which can be legally dependent children. 

There will be a visa pre-application ballot process for nationals of participating Pacific island countries and Timor Leste. 

If you are eligible as a national of participating Pacific Island countries or Timor Leste you can enter the ballot for random selection to apply for the PEV visa. 

The PEV is different to the PALM scheme. The PEV is a Permanent Visa that allows the holder to live and work anywhere in Australia. 

How can I apply for a PEV?

To be granted a PEV you need to meet a number of eligibility criteria.

    • Be drawn from the ballot

    • Have a passport from a participating country and have been born (or a parent born) in that country. 

    • If you’re in Australia you need to have a valid visa. 

    • Be between the age of 18-45

    • Meet English language requirements

    • Meet health requirements

    • Meet character requirements 

    • Meet Public Interest Criteria

    • The primary visa applicant or their spouse or de facto partner will need to have a written offer of ongoing employment in Australia. 

What are the steps?

Step 1: Enter the ballot

Entering the ballot will cost $25.

Step2: Apply for the Visa

If you get randomly drawn from the ballot, apply for the visa and pay the application fee of $325 for the main applicant and $80 for each included family member.

Step 3: Start your life in Australia

If your visa is granted, you are an Australian Permanent Resident.

How do find out more?

All the details for the PEV are not yet available at the time of writing in March 2024. Updates to this article were made on 3 May 2024. 

Further information can be found through the following links:

When the PEV Ballot opens on 3 June 2024, applications can be made online through IMMI

Keep in mind that this is general information. Always seek advice from a Registered Migration Agent or lawyer for assistance and advice that relates to your specific circumstances when applying for an Australian visa. 

FAQs

Question 1: Which countries can apply?

The following countries will be eligible to enter the first PEV ballot in 2024:

🇫🇲 Federated States of Micronesia
🇫🇯 Fiji
🇳🇷 Nauru
🇵🇼 Palau
🇵🇬 Papua New Guinea
🇸🇧 Solomon Islands
🇹🇱 Timor Leste
🇹🇴 Tonga
🇹🇻 Tuvalu
🇻🇺 Vanuatu (to be confirmed)

Eligible countries whose citizens could be eligible for future PEV ballots include Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Pacific countries whose citizens don’t have access permanent migration rights to New Zealand, France or the US are being prioritised.

Eligible PEV countries are based on negotiations between Pacific Island Governments and the Australian Government. 

Question 2: Do I need a valid visa if I’m in Australia? 

If you are in Australia and you enter the ballot for the Pacific Engagement Visa and you are drawn from the ballot to apply, you will need to hold a valid visa or a Bridging A, B or C to be eligible for the visa.

If you are in Australia holding a Bridging D or E or if you are in Australia without a visa you won’t be able to apply.

Question 3: How do I get a job offer? 

Either the visa applicant or their spouse or de facto partner who is a secondary applicant will need to have an offer of ongoing employment in Australia to be granted the Pacific Engagement Visa.

Click here for information about how to find work in Australia.

The Australian government are working on a service that will match applicants with job offers. Details of this aren’t available yet.

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel, join our PEV Facebook Group and join our PEV WhatsApp group through the link in the description for PEV updates as they are available.

Question 4: How much does it cost to apply for the PEV?

The government charge to enter the PEV ballot will be about $25AUD.
The Home Affairs PEV visa application fee for the main applicant will be $325AUD.
Family members included in the application will be $80AUD each (e.g. spouse or de facto partner or children). 

Question 5: Will there be any other costs to apply?

Other costs could include police check application fees, health test and biometric fees.

Migration Agents or lawyers will also charge fees to assist with preparing and lodging applications, 

Question 6: Can I be outside Australia when I apply?

You can be in Australia or outside of Australia when you apply for the PEV.

Question 7: What are the English language requirements?

The English requirements have not been released yet.

We will provide more information when it is available. 

Question 8: When is the ballot registration opening?

The first PEV ballot is opening on 3 June 2024.

Question 9: Will the PEV allow the applicant to apply for any job, or does the main applicant have to apply for a specific job, such as the skills in demand?

The visa applicant can apply for any job. There are no restrictions on the jobs you can hold or where you can work.

Question 10: How long can I live in Australia and where can I live in I have the PEV?

The Pacific Engagement Visa is a Permanent Residency Visa.

It allows the visa holder to live permanently in Australia and then apply for Citizenship once you meet Citizenship eligibility requirements.

There are no restrictions on where you can live in Australia or what job you can hold. 

Joanna Hill

Registered Migration Agent

Joanna Hill is a Registered Migration Agent with over 8 years experience assisting individuals, business owners and HR managers to apply for all Australian Visas. Joanna’s areas of expertise include Work Visas, Partner Visas, Visitor Visas and Australian Citizenship. She makes the complex and constantly changing process of applying for Australian visas simple and stress free for client sand achieves a 100% success rate for partner visa applications. Joanna is a Member of the Migration Institute of Australia and is registered with the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARN 1575613). In addition to her work in Migration, Joanna has over 15 years experience as a teacher, Leading Teacher and Learning Specialist in Primary and Secondary schools. She has a research Masters in Education and has presented research and workshops at conferences in Australia and internationally


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