Employers must receive foreign workers at KLIA

SEPANG: Employers must now be on hand to receive their new foreign workers when they land at the KL International Airport (KLIA) or risk having them sent back by the authorities.

This is to ensure that the foreign workers have a legitimate employer, says Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Khairul Dzaimee Daud.

Khairul Dzaimee said employers were responsible for managing the documentation of the workers and verifying that they were the employers of the workers concerned.

He said the Immigration Department’s regulations give employers a period of six hours to receive their foreign workers at KLIA, but in certain circumstances, that period would be extended, Bernama reported.

“The foreign workers in question will not be released until the employer named in the application arrives at KLIA to receive them.

“This regulation aims to ensure that all foreign workers have legitimate employers.

“Employers’ failure to comply with this rule will result in the foreign workers being given a ‘Not to Land’ (NTL) notice and will be sent home on the next flight to their country of origin,” he said in a statement yesterday in response to allegations related to the management of entry of foreign workers at KLIA on social media.

A post on Facebook had questioned the action of sending back foreign workers who were not picked up after six hours of arriving at KLIA, and alleged that the Immigration Department did not want to take responsibility in the event of a delay.

According to Khairul Dzaimee, since the reopening of the national borders, the Immigration Department has managed the entry of new foreign workers totalling 98,079 from April 1 to Sept 26.

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