PNG Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority

Kantha summoned by court

He is to appear in court, on a date that is yet to be set, to give evidence on the citizenship status of West New Britain Governor Sasindran Muthuvel.

Petitioner in the case, Chris Lagisa, requested for Kantha to be in court to verify the Governor’s citizenship status.

Lagisa’s lawyer asked the court to have him summoned to verify if Muthuvel has a dual citizenship.

He alleges that Mutuvel is not qualified, competent and did not lawfully nominate as a candidate due to his citizenship status.

​Minister directs policy changes for immigration

The Minister for Immigration and Border Security, Petrus Thomas, recently made the announcement that a system will be put in place to improve revenue collection for the PNG Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority. 

Dual citizenship can now be implemented: Pato

Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister, Rimbink Pato, says this is a historic moment for PNG.

“PNG Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority have completed all work that is necessary for implementation of dual citizenship which will now enable people from the eight prescribed countries: Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, United Kingdom, Germany and the United States of America to apply for appropriate dual citizenship options,” reveals the Minister.

Pato confirms deportation of Iranian refugee

“Fiji has deported this person on the basis that his passport was invalid, as is their right. We will receive him and take the necessary steps to ensure that he is properly questioned and, if appropriate, brought before the courts, noting he is a refugee who has also had mental health issues,” stated Pato.

“The PNG immigration and Citizenship Service Authority is taking steps to tighten the assessment of passport and travel document applications, including additional checks around identity.