Chief Migration Officer, Solomon Kantha, announced the newly appointed Citizenship Advisory Committee Chairman Hon. Francis Maneke, MP Member for Talasea Open and Deputy Chair Hon. Koi Trape, MP Member for Mul-Baiyer at the Immigration and Citizenship Authority (ICA) Office in Port Moresby yesterday. The other members of the CAC are the Secretary for Justice and Attorney General and Chief Migration Officer.
The CAC was established under the Constitution and Citizenship Act with the responsibility of assessing and screening citizenship applications to recommend to the Minister responsible for the granting of PNG citizenship to foreign applicants. A total of 120 citizenship applications have been received by ICA so far. Majority of the applications are towards dual citizenships.
Mr Kantha said the applications are finalised for the CAC hearing planned for February.
This will be the first time the CAC will meet on dual citizenship applications.