Visas go online
The decision by Immigration and Citizenship Authority (ICA) to deactivate the border management system for use by the PNG High Commission in Canberra and the Consulate in Sydney will result in staff, both nationals and Australians; if they are engaged, being relocated or stood down in those two centres.
PNG High Commissioner to Australia John Kali confirmed yesterday that ICA is now handling all visa applications from foreigners online.
“Consequently Kundu Canberra and Kundu Sydney will no longer handle visa applications manually and are referring all queries to Kundu Brisbane and Cairns. This of course has staffing implications,” he said.
The ICA took out paid advertisements on June 28 this year to announce its decision that it had temporarily deactivated the system for use by the Canberra and Sydney offices.
But Mr Kali has confirmed that what it meant was that Canberra and Sydney offices would no longer handle visa applications. He gave no details but just said there will be staffing implications.