New Pacific Engagement Visa Applications: An Overview

Jun 7, 2024 | AUS | 0 comments

The Australian government has introduced a new legislative instrument, Migration (Arrangements for Pacific Engagement Visa Applications) Instrument (LIN 24/012) 2024. This visa is designed to deepen connections between Australia and the Pacific region by offering permanent residence to citizens of select Pacific island countries and Timor-Leste, along with their families.

Visa Allocations

Up to 3,000 visas will be available annually through a ballot process for citizens of participating countries, including the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Allocations are based on factors such as population size, diaspora in Australia, existing migration opportunities, expected demand, and participating country views.

Eligibility:

Primary applicants must be randomly selected in the ballot and meet the following criteria:

  • Aged between 18 to 45
  • Hold a valid passport for a participating country
  • Have been born in, or have a parent who was born in, an eligible country
  • Pay a $25 registration fee

Selected applicants or their spouses/partners must secure a formal job offer in Australia and meet basic English language requirements. Health and character requirements must also be met before the visa is granted.

Settlement Supports

The program includes comprehensive settlement supports for visa holders, including access to Medicare, public schools, and Commonwealth-supported university places. Eligible visa holders can also access Family Tax Benefit (FTB) A and B, Child Care Subsidy, and educational support programs like the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) and VET student loans (VSL). There are no waiting periods for accessing these benefits. Additionally, visa holders will have free access to the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) and the Settlement Engagement and Transition Support (SETS) Program.

Conclusion

If you feel that you may be eligible for this visa, reach out to us or book a consultation with one of our migration agents/lawyers.