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  2. Global HR Compliance
  3. Global PEO and payroll
  4. Work permit for hiring expats via PEO
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Using A PEO Service With Immigration Support With Expat Hiring In Papua New Guinea

Looking to hire expatriate personnel for international assignments in Papua New Guinea? This is a loaded process to go through, including finding ways to:

  • Stay compliant with Papua New Guinea immigration laws
  • Have all the necessary documents for work permit sponsorship
  • Effectively manage employment and payroll when your team has their visas

Compounding the issue is that a lot of expat workers generally go into Papua New Guinea to handle shorter projects. So it doesn’t make much sense to set up your own subsidiary to arrange local payroll for your employees. Instead, you may want to take a look at a simpler solution.

For those that want to hire and pay expats in Papua New Guinea, that means enlisting a global PEO that includes work permit support. This saves your company the headache of trying to incorporate in a new country. Your new PEO partner will provide all the guidance you need to handle Papua New Guinea immigration procedures to get your team their visas/permits. After that, they can also help with onboarding and payroll for your expat team.

Acumen International has provided this service for our clients’ expatriate personnel in Papua New Guinea, both for short- and long-term projects. We offer a compliant and fast way to get your team on the ground and working. No matter your timeline or business goals, Acumen International offers end-to-end work permit support and ensures full compliance with local labor legislation in Papua New Guinea and over 190 other countries.

Curious as to the best matches for Acumen’s work permit and hiring expats through a Global PEO’ solution? These include:

  • Employer companies that plan to relocate, hire, and utilize expat workers in Papua New Guinea.
  • Seasoned professionals that have already found an employer to finance their immigration and foreign employment, but just need to simplify the process.
  • Businesses planning to hire highly-skilled expats and send them to fill top positions in Papua New Guinea.

A side note, you may not realize that by partnering with a single provider to handle both expat employment and work permit sponsorship, it’s a lot less likely your visas will be rejected. Our global immigration support will also save you time from trying to understand and navigate the different international rules and regulations.

Compared to other global PEO services, Acumen provides added benefits outside of a work permit if you have personnel on international assignments in Papua New Guinea. These include:

  • Medical insurance
  • Office rent
  • Dependant relocation
  • Housing
  • Mobile phone/car provision for meetings

Attention: we are not an immigration service! We do not provide a work permit and immigration support as a standalone solution to individuals looking to find jobs overseas.

Estimated time for work permit issuance

Typically, the procedure of work permit issuance in Papua New Guinea takes 3-6 weeks.


Major steps to get a work permit in Papua New Guinea

  1. To apply for the visa you will need to complete Application for Entry Permit (Form 1).
  2. Pay relevant Entry Permit fee and provide receipt of payment together with all required documentary evidence (see list below).

Documents for work permit in Papua New Guinea, main applicant

Type of documents
Written sponsorship letter to the ICD indicating the job offer to the employee highlighting person’s name, position number, position title, period of contract approved by the DIR, salary range and a company guarantee of accommodation and transportation for the employee and dependents.
An original maintenance guarantee bond/s for the employee/applicant and dependents.
Copy of the work permit approval letter from the DIR for employment of the applicant in the approved position.
An Immigration Fee for an entry permit for employment purposes and appropriate dependent entry permit fees are to be paid by the employer/agent in PNG. Fees are to be paid to the Department of Finance Cash Office, Bureau of Management Services or nearest Customs Office and receipts are to be given as evidence of payment to ICD.
The overseas Mission at which the applicant will apply for the entry permit.
What the Employee Has To Do

If you need to have your expat personnel legally work for you in Papua New Guinea without having to set up your own business entity for that, trust us to assist you with work permit and immigration support, and then employ your expats locally on your behalf.

Contact our team to let us take up your foreign employees’ immigration matters and relieve you of the responsibility of getting work permit by working with our local partners to organize and obtain all the necessary permits, as well as provide you with a detailed update on the progress of the process.

Contact us for more details about how you can get a work permit for your expatriate staff and employ them through Acumen International in Papua New Guinea.

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