Pacific Engagement Visa – The Key Points

Pacific Engagement Visa


The Key points to note in this visa


The Australian Government has passed legislation for the introduction of a new visa called the Pacific Engagement.

It is a permanent resident visa for participating countries across the Pacific and Timor-Leste. We’ve noted below some of the key points you should consider before applying.

Papua New Guinea has been allocated 1,350 visas, inclusive of partners and dependent children, which will be made available annually through a ballot process.

  • The inaugural Pacific Engagement Visa ballot will open on 3 June 2024.
  • Applications for the ballot will be able to be lodged online with the Department of Home Affairs once the ballot opens.


To be eligible to apply for a Pacific Engagement (subclass 192) visa, a primary applicant  will need to first be randomly selected in the ballot.

To register for the ballot, applicants must:

    • be 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.

If randomly selected in the ballot, the primary applicant or their spouse/partner must secure a formal ongoing job offer in Australia and meet basic English language requirements.

Applicants will also need to meet health and character requirements before being granted a visa.

Applicants can include a partner and legally dependent children in their application.


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