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New visa application for SMEs put on hold in PNG

Posted On: Wednesday, 23 August 2017

PORT MORESBY, 14 AUGUST 2017 (POST COURIER )--- Papua New Guinea Immigration and Citizenship Authority has imposed a moratorium on all new visa applications and extensions for working resident employment visas for foreigners engaged in small and medium enterprises (SME). The moratorium specifically targets the retail business sector, acting Chief Migration Officer Mr Solomon Kantha said. He said this was intended to improve business processes between the relevant government departments and agencies.

“This moratorium is a result of concerns raised in parliament and by the general public over the increased number of non-citizens engaged in reserved businesses and taking up positions in the small to medium enterprises that are reserved for nationals,” he said.

Kantha said that the moratorium took effect at the beginning of this month and would be lifted after the consultative process was completed with key stakeholders and government departments and was intended to improve business processes between the relevant government departments and agencies.

“This Authority avails itself of this opportunity to seek the understanding and cooperation of the general public and our valued clients and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause,” Kantha said.

“During the period of the moratorium, this Authority will have consultations with all stakeholders and government departments including the Department of Labour and Industrial Relations, Investment Promotion Authority, and Department of Commerce and Industry to streamline business processes and requirements to ensure visa applications for non-citizens comply with the respective legislations, policies and requirements for employment positions in the SME industry, particularly retail businesses.

“An internal assessment process is in place to ensure genuine applications for key positions for companies in the SME industry that requires the employ of a non-citizen is not affected.

“Companies affected will be required to provide justification for a new visa or extension of a visa according to their company structure for non-citizen employees concerned,” he said....PACNEWS


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