PNG Immigration Sets New Tougher Measures On Its Passport Process To Eliminate Illegal Travel Documents

Involves new documentation standards and limits on the use of "freelance agents"

By Gorethy Kenneth

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, March 06, 2017) – Papua New Guinea’s Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority has set tough measures on its passport application process to eradicate travel documents obtained illegally.

Acting Chief Migration Officer Solomon Kantha said that due to the recent integrity issues concerning lodgment of applications for PNG Passport by persons providing misleading and falsified information, the Authority was now implementing a stringent assessment and processing mechanism. Kantha said PICSA would also put public notices specifically outlining the tough measures on those applying for passports in PNG.

"PICSA wishes to inform that public that due to the recent integrity issues concerning the lodgment of applications for PNG Passport by persons providing misleading /falsified information, the Authority is now implementing a stringent assessment and processing mechanism. These measures are put in place to protect the integrity of PNG’s national travel document," Mr Kantha said.

"Clients are to take note of the changes relating to documents accompanying their passport application.

"Applications provided without conforming to the requirements below will not be accepted," he said.

"The old birth certificates with the blue hard cover or a certified copy of the birth certificate will no longer be accepted.

"All clients are encouraged to apply for and obtain a new genuinely issued PNG birth certificate and national identity card to attach with their passport applications.

"The application form must be duly completed and certified by a magistrate or court officials from the National/Provincial/District Court House or a legal officer with commissioner of oath title."

Speaking about freelance agents, PICSA has put out that application forms will not be accepted from freelance agents other than the following:

Recgonised and locally registered Visa Agents with investment promotion authority (PNG IPA), agents must provide copy of IPA company registration;

Individual applicants must lodge personally and provide a form of ID when lodging;

Persons lodging application on behalf of applicant must provide a form of ID and declare their relationship to the applicant; and

Interviews will be conducted with applicants where necessary and when lodged by a registered visa agent/consultant.

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