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January 27, 2021
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Poponawa On Visa Crackdown

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Newly appointed Minister for the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Benjamin Poponawa, has pledged to crack down on the constant abuse of short term business and tourist visas.

He said, many foreigners are illegally securing visa jobs, using their short term visas without applying through the normal process.

 

Improving inspection and tightening up enforcement units at all entry points in border provinces, and in Port Moresby, will be part of the process to deal with this issue. Papua New Guinea Labor laws are constantly been abused by foreigners.

 

Foreigners on short term business and tourists’ visa, securing visa jobs, will be the focus of a major crackdown by the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, to find defaulters.

 

It is one of the main tasks of the newly-appointed Minister for Labor and Industrial Relations, Benjamin Poponawa. Mr. Poponawa wants to deal with constant defaulters and foreigners breaching their visa conditions.

 

He said, many of the foreigners are not following proper process, to secure visa jobs and has vowed to bring them to justice. Mr. Poponawa said, this cannot be allowed to continue while the local workers suffer.

 

He urged the department to work closely with other stakeholders, to place emphasis on improving inspection, and beefing up enforcement units at all entry points in border provinces, and Port Moresby.

 

He assured the outgoing Minister for Labor and Industrial Relations, Mark Maipakai, to carry on from where he left, and move the department forward.

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