Uganda: Immigration authorities step up investigations, arrests of foreign nationals

Uganda’s immigration authorities this week dispatched a team of investigators to check the documents of foreign nationals, with the aim of arresting foreigners who do not have proper status or are working without permits.

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What does the change mean? Twenty-eight foreign nationals were arrested, and the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration indicated that investigations are ongoing. Foreign nationals are advised to carry identification and documentation of their status at all times in case inspectors request them.

  • Implementation time frame: Ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: All visas and work permits.
  • Who is affected: Foreign nationals in Uganda.
  • Business impact: Employers and individuals face fines, prosecution, deportation and other penalties if found in violation of immigration laws.
  • Next steps: Companies should be prepared for inspections of their workers.

Background: In addition to tracking down foreign nationals who have overstayed or who lack work permits, authorities also warned that foreign nationals who hold valid work permits are only authorized to work in the job and location for which the permit was granted. Individuals with pending applications should carry their receipts, and those who have outstanding assessments should make sure to pay them.

BAL Analysis: Employers in Uganda should be aware of the ongoing investigations into foreign nationals working improperly in the country and should conduct a review of their documents to ensure compliance with all immigration regulations.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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