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Immigration Service to deport 17 foreign nationals

Immigration Service to deport 17 foreign nationals

Immigration Service

DILI, 06 january 2023 (TATOLI) – Timor-Leste Immigration Service will deport 17 foreign nationals for doing business in Timor-Leste on tourist visas. 

These 17 foreign nationals engaged in commercial activities such as selling clothes, jewelry, and electronic items.

These foreign citizens were arrested in the Carau Balu village, Viqueque Vila Administrative Post, Viqueque Municipality during a joint police operation.

“Yesterday, Viqueque municipal police contacted us to take these foreigners to the Immigration Service office in Dili for verification and investigation,” Chief Inspector of Operations of the Immigration Service, said in a statement.

He said the 17 foreign nationals were arrested for breaching visa conditions: “They would be fined and deported to their country of origin.”

“They would be deported to Indonesia and banned from entering the national territory for two years,” Maia reiterated.

Maia emphasized that the tourist visa is intended for foreigners who wish to travel to the country for the purpose of tourism. It is valid for a single entry, and thirty days stay and may be extended once for the same period.

In the case of travelers to Oecussi, multiple entries are allowed. Foreign citizens who hold a tourist visa are not allowed to exercise any professional activity in the country.

The tourist visa is usually sought and granted on arrival at a point of entry, on the basis of payment of the prescribed fee and production of an acceptable travel document valid for at least 6 months, and a completed arrival card.

The tourist visa is not designed for work as an employee. Those wishing to visit Timor-Leste on business (e.g., to explore business opportunities, conduct, negotiations, etc.), may enter and stay for this purpose on a Class I visa. Persons wishing to work in Timor-Leste should apply for the appropriate Work Permit or Residence visa.

Journalist: Natalino Costa

Editor: Zezito Silva

Translator: Filomeno Martins/ Editor: Nelia Borges 

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