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Home Affairs Ministry warns against immigration fraudsters

by Moyo Roy
07 Apr 2020 at 18:06hrs | Views
Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage minister Kazembe Kazembe has warned against individuals initiating unauthorised processes to renew visas and various permits on behalf of foreign nationals whose permits have been affected by the Covid-19 21-day lockdown measures.
He said the individuals pretend to have been sanctioned by the immigration department.

"The net effect of SI 83 of 2020 [Public Health (COVID-19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment) (National Lockdown) Order, 2020 was that it automatically renewed the immigration status of all foreign nationals whose status became invalid consequent to the lockdown, that is diplomatic status, time restricted residence permits, temporary employment permits, scholar's permits, student's permits, temporary permits, visas and visitor's entry certificates," said Kazembe Kazembe.

"Accordingly, the individuals carrying out this exercise, purportedly on behalf of the Immigration Department are doing so for their own selfish gains and designs. No one should pay any fee to any individual misrepresenting to be providing these services on behalf of the Immigration Department. This is a government service which does not require any facilitation from any third parties."

Kazembe Kazembe said the department of Immigration has not tasked these persons or any individuals for that matter to carry out the exercise of extending the stay of persons, especially foreign nationals who have been affected by the lockdown measures which government recently instituted to control the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"The public are therefore urged to ignore any unofficial and unsanctioned communication purportedly being done on behalf of the Immigration Department," he said.

Source - Byo24News