Papua New Guinea offers residency by investment to non-citizens who meet certain requirements. No work permit is required by a non-citizen who has been granted PR.
People who wish to travel to Papua New Guinea for work, business, study or tourism purposes must have an entry permit/Visa to enter the country.
Business Person/Investor Entry Permit
These procedures are a guide to all persons who wish to invest in PNG-established companies and seek an entry permit as an owner/operator or senior executive.
To Obtain an Entry Permit For a Business Person/Investor, the investor has to invest:
A. a minimum of K150,000 in PNG in a company or business.
The K150,000 must be transferred into PNG and not derived through loans raised with PNG banks. The investment may be by way of cash investment in plant and equipment or a combination of plant/equipment and annual salaries (including annual superannuation) of PNG staff and approved expatriate staff salaries/fees/superannuation paid to the investor or his/her immediate family cannot be included as part of the K150,000 investment.
The investor also has to seek a position and work permit from the DIR. Foreigners must apply for a work permit for each non-citizen employee employed in Papua New Guinea. The work permit application must be accompanied by a training and localization program in accordance with the Employment of Non-Citizens Act. This program is to monitor the entry of all immigrants into Papua New Guinea, approve the positions in which they can work and ensure that there is a program for the transfer of skills to Papua New Guinean citizens.
The investor must:
For entry permits for employment purposes and dependents, K250.00 and K10.00 are respectively required.
Fees are to be paid to the Department of Finance Cash Office. Bureau of Management Services or nearest Customs Office and receipts are to be given as evidence of payment to ICD.
Complete an Entry Permit Application form and forward it to the ICD of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
It is a statutory requirement under the Act that all new work permit applications and all renewal
applications be dealt with within 42 days (6 weeks)
Applicants for Permanent Residency who meet the length of residence requirement must be:
A Permanent Residency visa will be issued with the same validity as the passport holder. If your passport expires, you will need to apply for a new Permanent Residency visa.
For more information, please check this website (official governmental website).
Conditions to meet if you want to become a citizen are must have resided for eight years, renounced previous citizenship, intend to remain indefinitely, be of good character, speaks the local language, and have a reliable source of sustenance.
Eligibility for PNG Citizenship (Section 67 of the National Constitution)
A person who has resided continuously in the country for at least eight (8) years may apply to the Minister responsible for Citizenship matters to be naturalized as a Citizen, and the Minister may, if he is satisfied as to the matters therein, in his deliberate judgment but subject to the advice of the Committee, grant or refuse the application.
To be eligible for naturalization, a person must:
If an applicant for naturalization so requests, any child of the applicant who is under voting age at the time when the applicant is naturalized becomes a citizen by naturalization on the naturalization of the applicant.
Fees for citizenship application:
The cost for application for Citizenship by Naturalization is K10,000.00 and must be paid at the Vulupindi Haus, Ground floor.
Benefits of having a PR visa:
Application requirements for citizenship:
An applicant for Citizenship must provide the following:
Step 1. Before you apply for permanent residence, gather all requirements
Step 2. Be ready to provide certified police certificates for PNG and any other country that you have resided in.
Step 3. Complete an application form.
Step 4. Submit the completed and signed Form with supporting documentation at the PNG Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority head office.
Step 5. Pay the required fee.
Applications for Permanent Residency visas usually take between 3 and 4 months to process. In some circumstances, it may take longer.
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Dual citizenship is now permitted in Papua New Guinea however, it only applies to prescribed countries such as Australia, Fiji, Germany, New Zealand, Samoa, United Kingdom, United States of America and Vanuatu.
Yes. Dependent children over the age of 18 years and below 24, who are engaged in higher education in Papua New Guinea or overseas and are still financially supported by the principal Permanent Residency visa holder may apply for a Permanent Residency Dependent visa.
The spouse of a Permanent Residency visa holder is permitted to work.
Dependent children over the age of 18 and below the age of 24 who are engaged in higher education and are financially supported by the principal Permanent Residency visa holder may only engage in paid work if it is at the family business. Dependent children may participate in unpaid volunteer or community social events.
Yes. You may include your legal dependents (if any), including your spouse.
No. The program is open to all foreigners.
To obtain permanent residency in the country, you must live for at least 5 years of residency.
To obtain citizenship in the country, the applicant must reside continuously in the country for at least eight (8) years.
Residents of Papua New Guinea are taxed on their worldwide income.
Non-residents are generally taxed only on their PNG-sourced income.