These Guidelines provide instructions to employers about how to apply for a work permit for a non-citizen worker. They also contain other useful information about the Work Permit System which will assist clients in their dealings with the Department.

The information is presented in a user-friendly style and ‘helpful hints’ are included to explain potentially confusing rules or requirements.

The Work Permit System which is explained in these Guidelines is uniquely Papua New Guinean. It is the result of extensive consultation with stakeholders, particularly the business community. It is also a system which must continually evolve to meet the changing requirements of our labour market. For this reason, the Department welcomes feedback from all stakeholders about how we might improve the way in which we approach the regulation of foreign employment in Papua New Guinea.

These Guidelines should be read in conjunction with the Guide to the Foreign Employment Industrial Divisions and Classification of Occupations which is also available for download from this website.