Johor starts accepting migrant repatriation cases today

JOHOR BARU: Undocumented immigrants can go to the Setia Tropika Home Ministry Complex today to participate in the Migrant Repatriation Programme, says state Immigration director Baharuddin Tahir (pic).

Although the programme started on March 1, the department will only begin attending to the cases today as the state observes the weekend on Friday and Saturday.

“From [today], foreigners can head to the department’s enforcement division in Setia Tropika, to pay the fines.

“For now, that is the only immigration office in Johor that is handling the programme,” he said.

Baharuddin urged illegal immigrants to take the opportunity to return to their home country, reminding them that no action will be taken against them.

He also reminded those wanting to take part in the programme that there is no need to go through any agent.

In January, Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said the programme, which enables undocumented foreigners to return to their home countries without being prosecuted, would start on March 1.

On Wednesday, Immigration director-general Datuk Ruslin Jusoh said foreigners without a valid travel pass or who have overstayed will only be fined RM500 if they want to return home.

He said those who violated their travel passes or permits would only be charged RM300 under the programme, which will run until Dec 31.

Besides paying the fines, foreigners must possess a passport or valid travel document issued by their country of origin.

They must also have a one-way ticket to their country of origin with a departure date within 14 days of their application.

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