Solomon Kantha

New eVisa products introduced

“Anyone around the world with access to internet can visit our website: to access the eVisa Application Portal and lodge their eVisa application online. This enables clients to receive their eVisa instantly,” said Kantha.

Chief Migration Officer clarifies centre’s role

“There has been considerable speculation regarding the new Centre and I wish to correct the record. The Centre is a stand-alone, purpose-built facility.

“The operationalisation of the BIC is a significant step in the operational capabilities of PNG Immigration and Citizenship Authority. While it is correct that the first persons detained at the Centre are failed asylum seekers who refuse to depart PNG, we will use the BIC to ensure any individual found in breach of our immigration laws is available for removal or voluntary departure.

Immigration aware of self-harm cases

Chief Migration Officer, Solomon Kantha, has advised that they are aware of the increase in self-harm incidences in Manus by refugees and have taken steps to mitigate them.

Solomon Kantha said they observed an increase in self-harm incidences in recent weeks, after the Liberal Party won the elections in Australia.

“With the recent change in political leadership in PNG, these incidents have again increased to seek attention to their plight,” stated Kantha.

Convicted foreigners not reported to Immigration

In a statement the ICA says it stands ready to assist relevant law enforcement agencies.

The ICA says whilst there are numerous reports of non-citizens involved in illegal activities with some being prosecuted and fined by the Courts, details of these non-citizens convicted are not reported to Immigration.

Paedophile refused entry into PNG

Chief Migration Officer, Solomon Kantha, reported the individual had been convicted of assault on a child in their country of origin and had sought to enter PNG last week.

Kantha said “Foreign criminals are not welcome in our country. This person sought to enter PNG as a tourist, but we can only speculate as to his real motivations. I would like to praise the work of ICA Borders, Enforcement and Compliance staff at Jackson's International Airport.

Seven foreign nationals convicted in Kokopo

In a statement, Chief Migration Officer, Solomon Kantha, said: “The Immigration and Citizenship Authority will not tolerate any foreigners who breach the Migration Act and are working unlawfully in PNG.

“If we find you residing or working in breach of your visa conditions, you will be charged and removed from this country.”

Kantha sounded this warning following the successful conviction of six Malaysians and a Chinese national in Kokopo for breaching their visa conditions by working for another company, under the visa of a different employer.

Temporary suspension on visa on arrival

This was announced by Chief Migration Officer, Solomon Kantha, to all commercial airlines that travel in PNG airspace.

The ban will be in place for a month.

In a circular notice on October 12th to Air Niugini, PNG Air, Qantas, Philippine Airlines and Virgin Australia, the Chief Migration Officer said the temporary suspension of visa on arrival applies to all passports and nationalities.

The temporary ban commences from 30th October 2018 to 30 November 2018.

Tender process for immigration centre starts

PNG Chief Migration Officer, Solomon Kantha, released a public statement saying it is the preference of the Government that a PNG company or joint venture be appointed to operate ICA’s new border security capability.

He said the chosen provider will be responsible for services at the Bomana Immigration Centre, including security, facilities management, catering and cleaning.

The centre will be accommodating persons with no rights to remain in PNG.

Controversial case of Chinese national clarified

This case was raised in Parliament by Northern Governor Gary Juffa recently.

Solomon Kantha said: “The removal orders signed against Mr He Kai were rescinded by former Minister who signed the orders. This former Minister had written to then Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration stating that the facts of the case were not made available to him at the time he signed the removal orders.

Kantha working to make borders more secure

Kantha, who was returning from duty travel to the United Nations in New York, utilised the opportunity to explore further efforts to modernise and strengthen PNG’s borders.

Speaking from Bangkok, Kantha thanked Thai Immigration for accommodating his visit. 

He said ‘Thai Immigration is a strategic regional partner that has considerable experience combating human trafficking and other irregular migration activities. Thailand is also an APEC member and hosted the summit in 2003 – so their experience is invaluable to ICA’.