Joint Public Notice - PNGICA & DLIR

The Department of Labour and Industrial Relations (DLIR) and Immigration and Citizenship Authority (ICA) jointly announce the temporary closure of the Foreign Employment Division from DLIR that is responsible for issuance of Work Permit.

The Closure of the office commencing on the 19th of November 2021 would allow for the physical relocation of Staff, Assets and Work Permit system from DLIR to PNG Immigration Headquarters in Waigani.

The Work Permit function will reopen beginning 12 January 2022.

All Work Permit applications shall be lodged at the Immigration Client Service Counters inside Central Government Office (CGO).

This is part of the Government's vision to merger Visa and Work Permit and to create a one-stop-shop and limit unnecessary bureaucratic red-tapes and improves the ease of doing business in the country.

Renewal and Replacement of Cards (PNG)


PNG Cardholders must re-apply for a new card two months before expiry with all the necessary documentation.

Migration Service Fee for renewal is K300.00

Replacement cards will be issued if the Cardholder’s details change (including passport details) or when a card is lost. Appropriate documentation such as a Police report will be required if stolen.

Migration Service Fees for replacement card is K300.00