The Immigration Department falls under the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Public security, and it is basically in existence to provide quality services to the general public in areas of border control and issuance of travel documents, residential and work permits, Visas as well as Citizenship to eligible persons.

Since the Government of Malawi formally took over Immigration services from the Federal Government based in the then Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) on 1st January, 1964, the Department of Immigration has existed and delivered services as part of the Malawi Police Services, Office of the President and Cabinet, and currently as part of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Public Security.

Our vision is to provide well managed migration for Malawi and mission is to provide sound migration management and achieve timely issuance of relevant documents to eligible persons for national security and socio-economic development.

The Department of Immigration is governed by two acts: the Citizenship (CAP 15:01) and the Immigration act (CAP 15:03) and laws of Malawi and the Republic of Malawi constitution under Section 47.

An overall responsibility for institutional management and development is with the Chief Immigration Officer who is the Head of the Department. Currently, the departments’ headquarters is in Blantyre and for operational ease the services are provided in four zones namely: Southern, Central, Northern and Eastern Regions, which oversee other Immigration offices and border posts throughout the country.

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