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About Department - Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs

About Department

VISION

To be the organization which will encompass professionalism in immigration service delivery while ensuring that the nation remains free of illegal immigrants

MISSION

  • To strengthen the Regional Immigration Offices;
  • To professionalize immigration service delivery;
  • To strengthen immigration inspection management; and
  • To improve and simplify immigration procedures

ROLES

  • Check and control the entry of all foreigners into Bhutan;
  • Study, categorize and process the applications for naturalization for Bhutanese citizenship;
  • Management of Regional Immigration Offices, check posts, outpost and Airport effectively;
  • Issuance of all types of Immigration permits to foreigners visiting Bhutan;
  • Issue work permits to foreigners working in Government, international agencies and private sectors;
  • Issue of non-Bhutanese identity cards to foreigner legally married to Bhutanese and their legitimate children;
  • Vigilance and inspection of illegal immigrants;
  • Detection, detention and deportation of illegal immigrants;
  • Accord punitive action against the employers in breach or non-compliance of immigration rules and regulations through a Court of Law;
  • Maintain computerized database of all foreign nationals in the country.