The government said today that the permits of foreign nationals that are expiring during the lockdown have been automatically renewed.
It has also warned of corrupt individuals that are approaching foreign nationals, posing as agents of the Department of Home Affairs. The government has advised foreign nationals to ignore these individuals.
Here’s the full text of the government’s statement posted on PrimeviewTV:
It has come to the attention of the Department of Immigration and the Ministry at large, that there are individuals who are initiating unauthorised processes to renew visas and various other permits on behalf of foreign nationals whose permits have been affected by the Covid-19 lockdown measures, appearing as if this has been sanctioned by the 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.
Accordingly, the individuals carrying out this exercise, purportedly on behalf of the Immigration Department are doing so for their own selfish gains and designs. Noone 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.
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.
For queries, all foreign nationals are therefore requested to contact the Department of Immigration after the lockdown (21 days) on the following numbers 0242 762 075, 0242 791 911, 0716 801 141, 0712 321 210 or the following addresses email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Twitter handle @Moha_Zim.
Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Corner 4th Street & Livingstone Avenue
11th floor Mukwati building email@example.com @Moha_Zim