By Staff Reporter : PNG Today
This is under a refugee resettlement deal the Australian government struck with the US government when Barack Obama was President.
New President Donald Trump has agreed to honor the deal.
The US government has said it will resettle up to 1,250 refugees held on Manus and Nauru but after they undergo extreme vetting.
PNG's acting Chief Migration Officer, Solomon Kantha, said a US settlement team is expected in Manus mid this month to start the assessment process of refugees.
Mr Kantha said PNG's offer of settlement to refugees also stands.
He said those not found to be refugees must leave through the offer of Assisted Voluntary Return.
Mr Kantha said the PNG Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority will remove those who refuse to leave in accordance with the laws.
NBC News / PNG Today