Friday, April 8, 2011

Immigration Law Ratified

Immigration Law Ratified - The House of Representatives (DPR) has ratified the revised Law no. 9/1992 on Immigration. All factions at the DPR agreed to ratify the law in a plenary meeting led by Deputy House Speaker Priyo Budi Santoso yesterday.

“In principle, once it is ratified by the DPR, it will be ratified by the President within 30 days and the law will immediately become effective,” said Justice and Human Rights Minister Patrialis Akbar after the meeting.

However, Patrialis said the regulation on the Immigration Director General’s autonomy, the use of the immigration management system to facilitate services, bureaucracy, supervision and visa regulation, remained unclear.

Permanent stay permits will be granted for an unlimited time period, but the applicant must report to the Immigration Office every five years. The application for the permit will be free of charge.

The Immigration Law also regulates investigation. Civil servant investigators at the Immigration Office will be authorized to investigate immigration crimes and immigration or other officials who abuse their authority and fail to carry out their duty according to procedure.

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