Strict policies improve immigration services – FBC News

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The Fiji Immigration Department. [File Photo]

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said they had looked into some of the issues raised by the Fiji Department of Immigration, particularly internal control measures.

Speaking on the review of the government’s 2016-2017 financial statements in parliament, Bainimarama pointed out that these measures were backed up by strict policies and strategies to address some procedural shortcomings.

Bainimarama, who is also foreign minister, says it is natural to continuously identify, assess and remedy issues that hamper efficiency.

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“The department has since improved its compliance with the Financial Instructions 2010 and the Financial Management Act 2004. The Fiji Department of Immigration worked with the Ministry of Economy in 2019 to create separate revenue collection accounts in the FMIS system for the different types of revenue collection – i.e. passport, permit, citizenship, visa and some fees.

Bainimarama adds that the amendment of the Immigration Act in 2020 has ensured clarity of the fundamental principles of the immigration regulations for its day-to-day administration.

He says it has improved service delivery.

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