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.

What We Do

Protecting the border and promoting prosperity.

Papua New Guinea Immigration and Citizenship Authority (ICA)

The Papua New Guinea Immigration and Citizenship Authority (ICA) is responsible for managing Papua New Guinea’s borders in relation to the movement of persons into and out of the country.

This work includes visa processing, integrity checking and compliance and enforcement activities. In addition, ICA is responsible for assessing and issuing applications for Papua New Guinea Passports and supporting the Citizenship Advisory Committee in relation to application for Papua New Guinean Citizenship.

On this website you will find a range of information in relation to the work of ICA, including information about visa requirements together with necessary application forms. ICA encourages all visitors to make use of this website as an important information resource.