The Department exist to do the following:
To control people entering and leaving the country in order to uphold the security of the state.
To issue Travel documents to eligible people in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
To process and issue Malawi Citizenship, Residence and Work Permits, and Visas in accordance with the existing policies.
To monitor, track, apprehend, deport and repatriate illegal immigrants in order to promote security of the country and safeguard jobs for natives.