How to Apply for Change of Status

  • Complete "Application to Extend Entry Permit" (Form 4).
  • Submit to ICA together with Passport, receipt of fee payment and documentary evidence as follows:


Dependent Spouse seeking to work:

  • IPA Certificate of Incorporation;
  • IPA certificate permitting a foreign enterprise to conduct business in PNG (if applicable).
  • Letter of approval from the Department of Labour and Industrial Relations (DLIR) regarding the work permit or copy of the work permit;
  • Employment contract;
  • Copy of principal applicant’s Entry Permit;
  • Maintenance Guarantee Bond;
  • CV; and
  • Educational qualifications.

Note: If changing to aid worker/volunteer Entry Permit, refer to the appropriate requirements in Section 4.6.

Change Of Marital Status

COS is not available to persons who have entered the country on short term Entry Permits. They will be required to return to their country of residence in order to undertake health and character checks, e.g., visitor or business person).

For persons marrying PNG citizens:

  • Marriage certificate;
  • Evidence of Spouse's PNG citizenship; and
  • Cash Landing Bond.

For persons marrying PNG Entry Permit Holder:

  • Marriage certificate;
  • Copy of principal applicant’s Entry Permit; and
  • Evidence that applicant is included in principal applicant’s sponsorship (such as letter from Employer).

Note: Persons seeking COS on grounds of divorce or death of the principal applicant must meet the requirements for another class of Entry Permit.

Change of Employment:

  • IPA certificate of Incorporation;
  • IPA certificate permitting a foreign enterprise to conduct business in PNG (if applicable).
  • Letter of approval from DLIR regarding the work permit or copy of the work permit.
  • Copy of employment contract;
  • Maintenance Guarantee Bond;
  • CV; and
  • Educational qualifications.

Note: If changing to aid worker/volunteer Entry Permit, refer to the appropriate requirements in Section 4.6.

Change of Employer Name2:

  • Letter of approval from DLIR regarding the work permit or copy of the work permit.
  • Copy of employment contract;
  • Maintenance Guarantee Bond;
  • Document from IPA evidencing Change of name of employer.

2 COS from one subsidiary company to another under the same parent company is permitted.