Where the holder of an existing Working Resident Entry Permit changes employer, a new work permit from the Department of Labour and Industrial Relations (DLIR) is required. In such cases, a new Working Resident Entry Permit is also required.
In circumstancse where the time lapse between the end of the first employment contract and the beginning of the second employment contract does not exceed 30 days, then the new Working Resident Entry Permit may be evidenced in PNG without the applicant needing to depart PNG. Where the period between contracts exceeds 30 days, then the applicant must depart PNG and have the Entry Permit evidenced at a PNG mission abroad.
Change of Status (COS) may be granted to the following persons while in PNG:
Entry permits granted to dependents (including working dependents) are valid for multiple entry according to the period of stay granted to the principal applicant.
Non-working dependents of PNG citizens may be granted a 5 year Entry Permit.
Entry permits granted on the basis of employment are valid up to 3 years and are issued for multiple entry in accordance with the work permit.
Application form, passport and supporting documents should be lodged with ICA.
Applications must be lodged at ICA prior to the expiry date of the current Entry Permit.
As applications for work permits may take some time to be processed by DLIR, applicants should ensure that their application is lodged with DLIR at least 3 months in advance of the expiry date of their current Entry Permit.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they possess a valid Entry Permit at all times.
COS will not be approved where an application is made after the expiry date of the current Entry Permit. Applicants and dependents will be required to leave the country and re-apply from overseas.