Australian High Commission
Papua New Guinea

Visas, Migration and Citizenship

The best way to find out information about immigration and citizenship is by visiting the Department of Home Affairs website at

Visa Services

Our office in Port Moresby manages visa services for clients in Papua New Guinea. 

You can apply online for most Australian visas and citizenship through ImmiAccount. This is the preferred and most efficient way to apply.

We have a Service Delivery Partner (SDP) agreement with VFS Global to provide biometric collection services as well as additional visa services such as online visa assist, online payment assist, document printing, document scanning and email and a photocopy service in Port Moresby. This is through an Australian Biometric Collection Centre (ABCC).

Australian Biometric Collection Centres in Papua New Guinea

The Department of Home Affairs collects biometrics from people in Papua New Guinea of any nationality who are applying for a visa to Australia. Biometrics collected are a digital photograph of your face and a 10-digit electronic fingerprint scan (the fingerprint scan does not use any ink).

Visa applicants in Papua New Guinea receive a letter advising them of the requirement to attend the Australian Biometric Collection Centre (ABCC) located in Port Moresby and Lae (operating on Fridays only), in person. Applicants who are excluded or exempt from the Program will be advised.

Applicants must book an appointment online in advance on the VFS Global website and pay the service fee when they attend the appointment.

Australian Biometric Collection Centre

Port Moresby

Australian Biometric Collection Centre


Times Square

Sec 451, Lot 2, Unit 3C, 3rd Floor 

Wardship, Gordons, NCD

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea


Hours of operation:  Monday to Friday

8:30am to 3:30pm

Hotel Morobe

Section 177 Lot 1 and 2

Coronation Dr

Lae, Papua New Guinea


Hours of operation: Every Friday

9:30am to 4:30pm











VFS Global website:

Department of Home Affairs:

Australian High Commission Port Moresby:


Work Restrictions for Student Visa Holders

​​​From 1 July 2023​​, work restrictions for student visa holders will be re-introduced.

Student visa work restrictions were relaxed throughout the pandemic, and completely removed in January 2022 to allow primary and secondary student visa holders to work over their normal limit of 40 hours per fortnight to address workforce shortages.

The Australian Government has announced that student visa holders already working in the aged care sector on 9 May 2023 can continue to work unrestricted hours in the aged care sector until 31 December 2023.​

From 1 July 2023, work restrictions for all other student visa holders will be re-introduced and capped at the increased rate of 48 hours per fortnight. This ensures that student visa holders are able to focus on obtaining a quality Australian education and qualification, while remaining able to support themselves financially, gain valuable work experience, and contribute to Australia’s workforce needs. 

Work restrictions for student visa holders (


DNA testing for Applications

You should NOT make any arrangements for DNA testing until you receive a formal request to do so.

When/if you have received a request, the steps are as follow: