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Eligibility for PNG Citizenship

Eligibility for PNG Citizenship (Section 67 of the National Constitution)  

A person who has resided continuously in the country for at least eight (8) years may apply to the Minister responsible for Citizenship matters to be naturalized as a Citizen, and the Minister may, if he is satisfied as to the matters there in, in his deliberate judgment but subject to the advice of the Committee, grant or refuse the application.

To be eligible for naturalization, a person must:

  • be of good character;
  • intend to reside permanently in the country;
  • unless prevented by physical or mental disability, to speak and understand Tok Pisin or Hiri Motu, or a vernacular of the country, sufficiently for normal conversational purpose;
  • have a respect for the customs and cultures of the country;
  • be unlikely to be or become a charge on public funds;
  • have a reasonable knowledge and understanding of the rights, privileges, responsibilities and duties of citizenship; and
  • renounce in such manner as is prescribed by or under an Act of Parliament, any other citizenship and make the Declaration of Loyalty.

If an applicant for naturalization so requests, any child of the applicant who is under voting age at the time when the applicant is naturalized becomes a citizen by naturalization on the naturalization of the applicant.

Application for Citizenship by Naturalization

Application for Naturalization (Section 69 of the Constitution)

Subject to Subsection, an application for naturalization under Section 67 (citizenship by naturalization) must be made

  • In the case of a person who has resided continuously in the country for 
    eight (8) years or more before independence Day- within two months after independence Day; and
  • In the case of any other person-within two months after the completion by him of Eight (8) years continuous residence in the country

Where in his opinion it is just to do so, the Minister responsible for citizenship matters may in his deliberate judgment,(but subject to Division 4 (Citizenship Committee) extend the periods referred to in Subsection (1) where he is satisfied that,

  • The person was unaware of the provisions of subsection (1); or
  • There are specific circumstances.

An applicant for citizenship by naturalization shall complete three forms:

1. Application for PNG Citizenship Form;
2. Application for Citizenship by Naturalization Form; and
3. The Personal Particulars Form.

Inclusion of Children in Application 

Children may be included in a parent's application for citizenship provided that the children are under seventeen (17) years of age at the time of application. Children of seventeen (17) years and over must submit a separate application for citizenship by naturalization.

Application Requirements 

An applicant for Citizenship must provide the following:

  • four (4) passport size photographs;
  • four (4) references from automatic Papua New Guinea Citizens who have known the applicant for at least two (2) years, certifying as to the character and suitability of the applicant for citizenship;
  • a copy of the applicant's Birth and Marriage Certificate (if applicable);
  • copies of educational qualifications e.g. Certificate, Diploma, Degree, Masters, etc.; and
  • a Statement of Assets, Liabilities, Investments, business interests and savings accounts both within and outside Papua new Guinea, indicating their values and locations. (These details will be kept in strict confidence).

Fees for Citizenship Application 

The cost for application for Citizenship by Naturalization is K10,000.00 and must be paid at the Vulupindi Haus, Ground floor.

Citizenship Forms