FOREIGNERS INVOLVED IN ILLICIT TRADE

Immigration and Citizenship Authority (ICA) stands ready to assist relevant law enforcement agencies in dealing with non-citizens engaged in illicit trade and importation of counterfeit goods.

There have been numerous reports of non-citizens being engaged in these unlawful activities with some being prosecuted and fined by the Courts. However, details of these non-citizens charged and convicted by the Courts are not reported to Immigration by concerned agencies.

ICA is requesting law enforcement agencies dealing with non-citizens who committed offences to involve Immigration in cases concerning non-citizens and to provide details of individuals and their companies who were charged so that appropriate action can be taken to deal with these individuals.

Having a good character is a requirement for residency in Papua New Guinea and if non-citizens are not complying with the laws of the country then their visa status will be reviewed. Unlawful non-citizens and those engaged in illegal activities are not welcomed to continue reside in this country.

ICA will reach out to government law enforcement agencies concerned to ensure there is a mechanism in place to cooperate on investigations concerning non-citizens and where information sharing is promoted among agencies.

Media Release
January 28, 2019