Fijians eligible for new PR visa

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Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Professor Biman Prasad shake hands with Acting Australian High Commissioner Stuart Watts. Picture: FIJI GOVERNMENT FACEBOOK PAGE

Fijians will be eligible to apply for a new permanent resident visa program offered by the Australian government.

The Australian Department of Home Affairs stated this new program is aimed at boosting Pacific permanent migration to Australia and is an essential part of plans to deepen connections with the Pacific and contribute to a peaceful and prosperous region.

A total of 3000 Pacific islanders will be selected under the Pacific Engagement visa (PEV) that will be decided through a ballot.

“The new Subclass 192 – Pacific Engagement visa will commence in 2024.

It will provide up to 3000 permanent places annually for citizens of participating Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste and their immediate family members.

This is in addition to Australia’s permanent migration program,”‘ stated the Australian Department of Home Affairs.

“To be eligible for the PEV, applicants must 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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