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Employment Visa

About This Visa

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

Criteria that must be met

The eligibility requirements for an Employment visa will vary depending on the purpose and period of time you wish to remain in Papua New Guinea, and your personal circumstances. For example if you are the dependent of a Papua New Guinea citizen or you are the dependent of a primary visa applicant.

Depending on your circumstances, you may be asked to provide ICA with evidence to support your application.

In addition, many working visas will require you to hold a work permit. Work permits are issued by the Department of Labour and Industrial Relations (DILR). For further details please contact the DLIR.

For further information regarding the eligibility requirements for Employment visa, please contact ICA. 


Validity Of Visa

Employment visas are issued subject to the individual circumstances of the traveller.

For further information regarding the validity of Employment visas, please contact ICA


How to apply

Applications for Employment visas should be submitted using the paper form available to download at the bottom of this page.


Extension of stay

Depending on the type of visa you have been issued, you may be eligible to extend your stay in Papua New Guinea without leaving the country.

The eligibility requirements for a visa extension will vary depending on your personal circumstances, which include the purpose and the period of time you have already spent in Papua New Guinea, and length of the extension sought.

For further information regarding visa extensions, please contact ICA.


Change of circumstances

If your circumstances change at any time during the visa application process or after your visa is issued, you must inform ICA. A change in circumstances may affect your ongoing eligibility for the visa issued.

If your circumstances have changed, please notify ICA immediately.

A change in circumstances may result in you having to pay a Migration Service Fee. Migration Service Fees are listed here.



To obtain further information regarding the fees associated with lodging an application for a visa, extension or updating your details please refer to the Migration Services Fee Schedule, which can be found here.

If you have any questions about the Migration Services Fees, please contact ICA.