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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; and
» To monitor, track, apprehend, deport and repatriate illegal immigrants in order to promote security of the country and safeguard jobs for natives