Cabinet approves review of Fiji immigration laws and regulations

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Members of the public outside the Fiji Immigration Department in Suva. Picture: JONA KONATACI/FT FILE

Fiji’s Coalition Government has approved the review of nine laws and subsidiary legislation governing the Department of Immigration.

This was approved at its Cabinet meeting on Wednesday (February 14).

According to Cabinet, the legislative framework required modernisation and must be aligned to international standards and best practices.

The laws to be reviewed are:

  • Immigration Act 2003
  • Immigration Regulations 2007
  • Immigration Directions 1971
  • Citizenship Act 2009
  • Citizenship of Fiji Regulations 2009
  • Citizenship Appeals Tribunal Rules 2021
  • Passport Act 2002
  • Passports (Visa Exemption) Order 2002, and
  • Travel Document Regulations 2019.

“The department, in partnership with the Office of the Solicitor General, will undertake focused consultations with key stakeholders and extensive national consultations with users of immigration services, to gather feedback on strengthening the legislative framework governing immigration and citizenship,” Cabinet stated.

The outcome of the review process will be tabled in Cabinet.

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