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.

National Refugee Policy


Papua New Guinea's National Refugee Policy outlines 5 key policy principles that guide Papua New Guinea’s approach to managing refugee issues into the future and meeting its international obligations under the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees and related 1967 Protocol.  These are:

  1. Papua New Guinea recognises the rights of refugees in accordance with its commitments under the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees and related 1967 Protocol,and the Principles of this National Refugee Policy, and incorporates these within national legislation. 
  2. Papua New Guinea is committed to working with other countries and international organisations to provide protection to refugees and combat people smuggling, trafficking in persons and related transnational crime. 
  3. Papua New Guinea may enter into arrangements with other countries or international organisations for processing asylum seekers’ claims and where appropriate settlement of refugees. 
  4. Papua New Guinea embraces the skills and qualities of refugees, supports them to become self-sufficient and offers them the opportunity to become citizens. 
  5. Papua New Guinea contributes to global refugee support efforts and targets for international resettlement refugees with appropriate skills required by PNG for national development.