Showing posts with label PNG-Australia Tourist Visa. Show all posts
Showing posts with label PNG-Australia Tourist Visa. Show all posts

Renew PNG Passport: What To Do and Documents Needed Attaching

Many statutory bodies, including the PNG Immigration and Citizenship Services Authority (ICSA), demand the need to show the National Identification (NID) card or the *new* Birth Certificate. There is, however, a real difficulty getting the card or the certificate to produce as evidence of citizenship at present. The delay can frustrate attempts to obtain a new passport too.


I had read the information on the ICSA website regarding passports applications. And, at first, found it confusing especially *renewing* passport. I assumed that since certain requirements changed, my *old* birth certificate was now invalid. I would have to go through the whole process of getting a new birth certificate or NID card. Fortunately, this was not the case.

In fact, it was easy and straightforward because I had already got my passport to present as the evidence of citizenship. So, I thought I should share my experience to help others wanting to *renew* their passports.

As implied earlier, while fearing my application was likely to have the wrong attachments (and hence renewal delayed), I made several trips to the ICSA office at Waigani, Port Moresby, to get some answers. 

Here is what I found out. Hope it helps...

Hong Kong Central - PNG passport holders get Visa On Arrival

Q1. When to submit passport for renewal/extension of the expiry date

Submit the application 6 months before the due date. For example, for a passport that expires on the 6th of December 2018 the holder should submit their application after the 6th of June 2018. 
This is important because those wanting to travel out of the country will have to have at least 6 months validity in their passports (same as travelling into the country)
Q2. What to do to renew an adult passport
  • Passport -  You do not need a National Identification card or birth certificate. Your evidence of citizenship is the existing passport. (If you are applying for a *new* passport, you are required to produce the NID card.)
  • Passport photos - two passport photos must be signed and stamped by *a* legal/authorised person.
  • Section 13 of the passport application form  must be signed and stamped by *the* legal/authorised person.
  • Write a brief but convincing statement about why your application should be considered favorably.
  • Include the travel details (Section 10) if you have dates and flights booked/planned a travel in advance. 
  • Processing Fee - pay (see processing fees below) at the Vulupindi Haus and attach the receipt.
Q3. What to do to renew a Child passport
  • Passport -  same as above
  • Passport photos - same as above
  • Section 13 of the passport application form - same as above
  • Write a brief but convincing statement about why your application should be considered favorably.
  • Include the travel details (Section 10) if you have dates and flights booked/planned a travel.
  • Processing Fee - same as above
Additional documents
  • Birth Certificate - attach the child's birth certificate whether you child is born overseas or in PNG.
  • Parents Passport bio page - attach copy of both mother and father's (or legal guardian) passport bio page.
  • Section 9 (parents/legal guardians' consent) is completed as required
For the applicants wanting to get a new passport, please refer to the Immigration and Citizenship Services Authority website. More information and downloadable forms can be found here.

Top tip. Make sure you have followed all the instructions on PAGE 1 of the passport application form. If you are still in doubt, take your application to the ICSA office. Cross-check with the staff at the office. Finalise your application properly before submitting.

Processing Fee


  • Normal processing fee is K100. It takes 15 working days (3 weeks) to process the application. You can pay K300 to fast-track your application. It only takes 2 days to process the application if you pay K200 more.

PNG VISA AND PASSPORT: FIVE (5) KEY CHANGES to IMMIGRATION and CITIZENSHIP SERVICES 2017

SOURCE: NBC News 14th September 2017
The Minister for Immigration and Border Security has announced a number of changes to improve fraud detection and abuse in migration services in the country.


A statement by Minister Petrus Thomas, says the changes, which will come into effect over the next few weeks, will also include a system to improve revenue collection for the PNG Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority.

Top among the changes is a direction to

PNG Work Permit - One Entry or Work Permit, One Job

The Government plans to review the work permits of all expatriates to ensure conditions have not been breached, and rules on the issuing of new ones will be stricter.

Labour and Industrial Relations Minister Mehrra Kipefa told The National that the department would implement a new policy from next year to tighten the issuing of work permits. A policy paper on it is currently before the National Executive Council.

“Our new policy starting next year will be one entry, one job,” Kipefa said.

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“We will review all work permits issued to expatriates to ensure they have only one job for which they were issued work or entry permit to work in the country.”

He said there had been some instances where some expats were granted a permit to do a certain job but then did other jobs.

“Those who found to be doing such will have to be disciplined, including cancelling their work permits and having them repatriated back to their home country,” Kipefa said.

Kipefa said there were of a lot of things to be fixed and he would seek the support of fellow ministers and state agencies to get things fixed.

 “We also have a lot of technical people coming into the country and doing jobs which our own people have the knowledge and the skills to do, and can competently perform,” he said.

“That is another issue I will be addressing.

“We will only issue work permits and recruit expatriates on jobs that Papua New Guineans are not able to perform.

“And these expatriates will be required to also train Papua New Guineans when they are employed here.”

Kipefa said jobs that Papua New Guineans could perform must be given to them.

“We will classify certain jobs, especially technical and skilled jobs only for our citizens,” he said.

“That is what I will be driving and we are looking at bringing the National Apprentice and Trade Test to the provinces and the districts.

“We have started with Mingende in Chimbu by launching a Trade Testing Centre for carpentry at the Saint Mary’s Technical School last week.

“And based on the success, we are looking at accrediting trade tests for other technical courses like mechanical, electrical, welding and plumbing.”

Kipefa said the policy on “one entry or work permit, one job” was expected to be tabled during the first sitting of Parliament next year.

“I am looking forward to giving a ministerial statement in Parliament on the policy and to commence the implementation,” Kipefa said.

The National - Monday,  December 04, 2017

Australian Tourist Visa: How To Apply Online – So Easy, Yet So Hard


This post aims to help Papua New Guineans who are intending to obtain Australian tourist visa for short stay. It is an experience I share to help others. In fact, I was very annoyed when I started the application. Two things went wrong. First, I realized that the whole application process changed, it was not like before where you submit the visa applications at the Australian High Commission’s office. The visa submission process was left in hands of agents. You have to go to an agent to get it sorted for you, or do it yourself online.

The later was easy, but the wireless internet connection at home (and at the agent too) was not working. I’ve tried in vain for two straight days though I had all the required and recommended papers. Simply because a major Internet cable was said to have been sabotaged.

At the agents, I completed the application form – form 1419. In addition, I had less than 10 working days to get a visa before leaving on a booked flight. It was stressful. Sounds all too familiar?

So how did I, finally, submit my application?


To make it clear I have not got a visa yet. The decision to grant me a visa is out of my control having applied, I am writing in waiting. Let me answer the question. The ‘break-through’ came when a friend mentioned that I could use a mobile phone as router (or Internet Access Point). So, I did and submitted my application online. It cost K3 to get a Digicel’s data bundle (60MB) to upload all the documents. Here is the link to a step-by-stepguide on how to connect your mobile phone and laptop. So you can do that anywhere in PNG. It takes up to 10 working days to get response. If you haven’t got one after that period, give them a follow-up call.

There is a list of required document you must produce. Use this PDF link to see more. The common documents are a passport photo (doesn’t have to be signed), copy of passport biography page, bank statement, Form 54 Family Composition, etc.

I would recommend using the online application. It costs Au$136.46. For fees and charges information, refer to www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Fees. Costs at the agents are indicated on the image above.

A 300MB mobile data would be enough  to launch your application online.

Important tips/docs for online application:
-Ensure that all your documents are less than 5MB before uploading
-Passport page/s
-Passport photo, taken in the last 6 months
-Bank statements
-Evidence of assets in country of residence. E.g. recent share value cert.
-Family Composition (Form 54)
-Check list PDF
*Visitors with different circumstances may provide extra docs, use this as a guide