Immigration enforcers conduct ‘Ops Kesan’
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
ENFORCEMENT officers from the National Registration and Immigration Department (JIPK) recently nabbed 10 foreign nationals suspected of illegally staying in the country.
During an operation codenamed ‘Ops Kesan’ carried out by 15 enforcement officers two days ago, eight men and two women were caught in three targeted houses in the Mukim Kilanas area, with some found hiding in wardrobes when alerted to the presence of enforcement officers nearby.
The 10 foreign nationals all failed to produce any documents containing valid immigration passes. They were then brought to the Bandar Seri Begawan police station for further investigation and were temporarily remanded there. Officers from JIPK also recently visited several businesses in Tutong District to give briefings to their owners and employees on the rules and regulations governed by Chapter 17 of the Immigration Act. There were nine such visits to conduct briefings in the past year which has led to a decrease in the number of immigration offences, according to the department.
In a press statement, JIPK issued a reminder to all employers that it is an offence to knowingly employ foreign nationals who do not possess the permit to work in the country.
“The department is reminding foreigners who come to Brunei that it is their duty to comply with all laws and regulations that have been established under Chapter 17 of the Immigration Act and to ensure that they are working under the relevant permits and passes issued by the department,” the statement said. “In addition, all applications for the renewal of visit passes or work passes must not be done through irresponsible individuals posing as agents but rather through proper channels at Immigration Department counters,” it said.
The Brunei Times