Immigration Services Department calls on expatriates to submit contact details
by Amb. Mwanaidi Sinare Maajar, Nancy Tarimo and Raymond Ngatuni
The Tanzanian Immigration Services Department, under the Ministry of Home Affairs (the “Immigration Department”) has, in a press release, called upon all foreign nationals who are resident in Tanzania (expatriates) by virtue of residence permits, dependent passes or exemption certificates, to submit their Tanzanian contact details, and certain other details to the Immigration Department by 30 November, 2018.
The details required include:
- a residence permit holder’s current residential address in Tanzania;
- a Tanzanian mobile telephone number;
- email address;
- foreign passport number; and
- details of dependents.
To comply, residence permit holders must download and complete an official resident permit “data sheet” form (available here) in triplicate; attach three passport-sized photographs and three copies of their residence permits; and deliver these to their local immigration offices, ie, the Immigration Department Offices at Ghana Avenue in Dar es Salaam, City Centre.
It should be noted that there is a separate section on the data sheet form that must be completed by the dependent (if any) and the host must make a declaration thereto. Expatriates can attend in-person or send an agent, and the process usually takes less than 30 minutes at local immigration offices. While no other supporting documents are required for the process, the Immigration Department has, at times, requested expatriates to produce the original passport and residence permit, and we therefore suggest that expatriates also have their passports and residence permits with them when attending at the Immigration Department.
The Immigration Department will stamp all three sets of data sheet forms delivered, and retain two sets. One set will be handed back, which expatriates must retain at their workplace in order to be able to produce such data sheet upon request from Immigration Department officials. We recommend that a copy of the stamped data sheet is also kept at the expatriate’s home.
This requirement applies to all expatriates with residence permits, dependent passes or exemption certificates, even if such documents were issued recently, or if they have not changed their addresses or other contact details since moving to Tanzania. This is so because residential contact details in Tanzania are not requested in the original data sheet used when applying for residence permits.
The press release also states that, after the expiry of the deadline on 30 November 2018, the Immigration Department will conduct a special investigation throughout Tanzania and will take legal measures under the Immigration Regulations, 1997 and Immigration Act (Cap 54) against any person who has failed to comply with the directive.
For more information and comments on the proposals or assistance in complying with this notice, please contact:
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