The 19-year-old appeared at the Waigani District Court on Thursday, after he was arrested on arrival at the Jackson's International Airport on February 15.
Paul Muyanja has been kept in custody since his arrest at the Waigani Police station.
He was charged under section 16 (1)(a) of the Migration Act. A charge that has a penalty fine not exceeding K5000 or a custodial sentence of 6 months.
He told the court through his lawyer today that he comes from a war-torn area in Uganda and does not want to go back.