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Immigration department is mandated to provide an efficient and effective immigration service through the application and enforcement of the Immigration and Passport Acts.

The Department administers immigration functions regarding tourist and student visa, residence permits, passports, border control clearances, detention, removals and deportations. Delivering on the mandate includes the formulation and implementation of policies relating to residence permits as a consequence to investments and work permits issued by VIPA and Labour Department respectively, passports and the maintenance of services at ports of entry. It is also meant to provide statistics for the use by various government departments and the private sector for planning purposes.