| Azlan Othman |
THE Immigration and National Registration Department has intensified its effort to check immigration violations across the country.
In various operations held across the Sultanate during the past week the department officials managed to nab a number of offenders found to be breaching immigration rules and regulations.
The department reminded employers to ensure that their employees’ immigration passes are still valid as it is an offence for employees to work with an expired pass.
If caught with an expired immigration pass, the foreign worker will be blacklisted and deported after imprisonment. Employers were also urged not to hire foreign workers that are not under their company’s warranty.
The warning came amid another operation conducted by the officers on Thursday at three business premises in Mukim Serasa.
Eight special passes were issued to the foreign workers and their identity cards detained. Meanwhile three calling letters were also issued to their employers to assist in the investigations. Another foreign worker who failed to show valid documents was also brought in for screening.
Meanwhile, in another operation held at the national housing area in Mukim Mentiri, Mukim Berakas and construction sites and national housing in Tutong, Immigration officers caught foreign workers who have carried out businesses around the areas.
A foreign worker was also caught selling fabrics in Mukim Mentiri and was issued with a special pass and his items were seized.
In Tanah Jambu, a foreign worker was caught selling perfume and fabrics and another foreign man was also nabbed for carrying out a door-to-door business. Another foreign man was also caught at the construction site in Sg Urok in Kg Salambigar for selling vegetables and meat to labourers.
The officers also found more than two cartons of cigarette concealed in the man’s car.
The suspects were detained and brought to the Immigration Department and Customs Office for further investigations.
The Immigration Department reminded employers and foreign workers to adhere to the rules and regulations stating that the department would continue to conduct random checks.
The department added that it welcomed public tip-offs on immigration violations and that the information would be kept confidential. The public can contact its hotline at 8753888 or 8734888.