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.

  • Permanent Resident

    There are a number of ways an individual may obtain a visa which permits them to remain in Papua New Guinea as a permanent resident.

    Live    

  • Occupational Trainee

    Individuals are required to apply for this visa if they intend to undertake workplace-based training in order to upgrade or develop their skills, this includes students undertaking medical electives.

    Study    

  • Student

    Individuals are required to apply for this visa if they intend to undertake full time studies at a recognised educational institution in Papua New Guinea.

    Study    

  • Dependent of Papua New Guinea Citizen (Non-working)

    Individuals are required to apply for this visa if they are a dependent of a Papua New Guinea citizen and want to live temporarily in Papua New Guinea.Holders of this visa are not permitted to engage in paid employment.

    Specialise    

  • Special Exemption Visa

    Individuals are required to apply for this visa if they intend to undertake paid or unpaid activities in Papua New Guinea, which are approved by the Government of Papua New Guinea.

    Specialise    

  • Restricted Employment Visa

    Individuals with specialist skills and technical expertise, which is not available in Papua New Guinea can apply for this visa to undertake paid employment

    Work    

  • Journalist

    Individuals are required to apply for this visa if they intend to undertake paid or unpaid journalistic activities in Papua New Guinea.

    Work    

  • Employment

    Individuals, including some residents are required to apply for this visa if they intend to engage in paid employment in Papua New Guinea.

    Work    

  • Business

    Individuals are required to apply for this visa if they intend to visit Papua New Guinea for short-term business activities.

    Conduct Business    

  • Film-maker (Non-commercial)

    Individuals are required to apply for this visa if they intend to make a film or documentary in Papua New Guinea which is for public release and is not commercial in nature (not-for-profit).

    Visit    

  • Sportsperson

    Individuals are required to apply for this visa if they are a professional sportsperson who wants to visit Papua New Guinea to compete in a sporting competition or event.You may also use this visa if you are representing your sport in an official capacity for promotional and development purposes.

    Visit    

  • Visitor

    This visa is for individuals and groups who want to visit Papua New Guinea for a holiday or to visit friends and family.

    Visit