12 things to know about em­ploy­ing ex­pats in PNG

As its econ­omy has grown, the num­ber of for­eign work­ers com­ing to PNG has in­creased. Scott Roberts, of re­cruit­ment con­sul­tant Cad­den Crowe, gives the dos and don’ts of bring­ing ex­pats into the coun­try.

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Like any other in­de­pen­dent na­tion, Pa­pua New Guinea has its work per­mit and visa reg­u­la­tions for non-na­tion­als, and if you do not abide by the rules both the em­ployer and the em­ployee are legally li­able.

It is im­por­tant to know the re­quire­ments and your role as an em­ployee and em­ployer.

All ex­pats look­ing to work in PNG, whether it be for the short term or the long term, re­quire a visa. The op­tions range from a busi­ness visa to cover short trips for meet­ings through to a three­year residential work per­mit.

There is a myth that it is all right to come into PNG and work on a busi­ness visa un­til told oth­er­wise, or un­til a reg­u­lar visa is ‘worked out’. Do not fall into this trap.

If you are com­ing to work in PNG, or are em­ploy­ing ex­pats, then they must have a valid work per­mit and visa aligned to a spe­cific em­ployer and spe­cific job.

The busi­ness visa only al­lows you to travel to the coun­try to at­tend meet­ings, check on progress, carry out func­tions nec­es­sary to the op­er­a­tion of your busi­ness. It is for those peo­ple whose role is based out­side PNG.

The sys­tem to ob­tain the rel­e­vant visa is straight­for­ward but re­quires you to un­der­stand the sys­tem and to co­op­er­ate with the De­part­ment of Labour and In­dus­trial Re­la­tions and PNG’s Im­mi­gra­tion and Cit­i­zen­ship Ser­vice.

Us­ing a reg­is­tered em­ploy­ment agent in PNG can be a shrewd in­vest­ment – they un­der­stand the sys­tems, know the de­part­ments, will check all the nec­es­sary pa­per­work be­fore any­thing is lodged and will fol­low up un­til pro­cess­ing is com­plete.

There are many sto­ries, but the sys­tem is not com­pli­cated. It runs rel­a­tively smoothly and many of the de­lays and ‘war sto­ries’ of­ten re­late to poor plan­ning, not al­low­ing enough time and in­com­plete doc­u­men­ta­tion. Do

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