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.

Citizenship and Dual Citizenship


With the passage of amendments to the Constitution and the Citizenship Act in 2016, Dual Citizenship is now a reality for Papua New Guinea Citizens. Several other avenues to gain citizenship have also been opened or clarified.

This website provides all of the information about the pathways to becoming a PNG citizen, as well as how to seek approval for dual citizenship with the currently prescribed countries: Australia, Fiji, Germany, New Zealand, Samoa, United Kingdom, United States of America and Vanuatu.

The decision to seek citizenship or dual citizenship is an important one and should be carefully considered. It is important you read the information on this page carefully, and consult us prior to lodging any application and/or paying a fee.

This may be done in person via our office in Waigani, or if you live outside Port Moresby, directly with the Citizenship Team on [email protected]



Applicant Guidebook - Please read this first to decide which application is right for you.


Advice for using the forms

In the interests of ensuring efficient processing of your application, it is highly recommended that you make use of the fillable fields contained in each of the forms below and then print. In order to do this, make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. This can be downloaded here.


Application Forms with detailed information (including fee information):