DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian Immigration Services on Thursday
gave a 30-day ultimatum to expatriates working in the East
African nation to verify their work permits.
Commissioner for Immigration’s Boarder Management and Control
Division, said the decision had been reached after realizing
that some expatriates do not have valid work permits.
employers and directors of various companies, organizations and
institutions to ensure their expatriate workers adhered to the
Immigration Act of 2002, which required them to verify their
documents after acquiring work permits.
He said there were
some expatriates working in the country, but after receiving
work permits they could not return to immigration offices for
“This is for
security purposes. Expatriates must abide by laws and
regulations of the country,” said Magweiga, adding that failure
to verify in 30 days, legal action will be taken, including
eight months’ imprisonment and fines.
In March, Tanzanian
authorities ordered employers to present their foreign workers’
work permits to the labor authorities by March 24, according to
a new law that required verification of foreign workers’ work
The authorities said
after the March 24 deadline, the labor authorities will be
conducting inspections to ensure that foreign employees
possessed valid work permits.
will have to present their work permits for verification and
those found to be working in Tanzania without a valid work
permit may be subject to arrest, prosecution or a fine and
deportation, they said.
foreign workers without a valid work permit are also subject to
arrest and prosecution, added the authorities.