Special numbers for illegals with pending applications

SEREMBAN: Foreigners who wish to take advantage of the Migrant Repatriation Programme will be given special numbers if the Immigration is unable to process their application due to overwhelming response.

State director Kennith Tan Aik Kiang said the move was to ensure that these illegals are not detained in case there is a raid after they had surrendered themselves under the programme.

He said they were expecting a high volume of applications with the fasting month and Hari Raya celebration coming up in the next few weeks.

“If we are unable to process all applications on the same day, we will give special numbers to those whose applications are pending.

“This is to ensure they don’t get arrested or stopped by enforcement teams elsewhere,” he said when contacted.

He said a special pass would also be given to foreigners whose applications have been processed.

“Those who apply need to show proof that they had an air or sea ticket to return home.

“The ticket should be valid for 14 days or more,” he said.

Tan reiterated that undocumented foreigners below 18 years will not be fined.

“However, those with pending court cases or blacklisted by any local enforcement agency will not be eligible under the programme.

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