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.

New Visa Class & Revised Fees

18 Sep 2015

The Minister  for Foreign Affairs and Immigration,  Hon.  Rimbink Pato,  announced a recent decision   by Cabinet for the creation of a new Visa Class  entitled "Designated Event  Visa".

"This  visa  class applies  to foreigners  intending  to enter Papua New  Guinea to attend  or participate  in national,  regional  or international  events hosted  in the country" the  minister said.

He  further  elaborated   that  such  events  would   have  to  be  approved  by  the  National Executive Council  (NEC).

Minister  Pato also  announced Cabinet's  decision  on the new and revised Migration  Service Fees (MSF).

"The  new  Fees  include  penalties  against  airlines  for  disregarding   obligations  imposed under the Migration  Act (1978),  increase in the cost of PNG Passport renewals,  and levying of Administrative  Fees  by PNG  Overseas  Missions/Posts,   amongst  others",  the Minister said.

Minister  Pato also  added that the Decisions   by Cabinet  have now been  approved by the Governor General,  and subsequently gazetted for implementation   with  immediate  effect.


Authorised by:

Hon. Rimbink Pato, OBE, LLB, MP

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration