THE newly-commissioned immigration office in Labasa will play a vital role at the existing commercial port of entries in the three provinces in the Northern Division.
Officiating at the opening of the office yesterday, Minister for Defence Joketani Cokanasiga said it would deal with immigration-related issues.
"The office will monitor immigration activities and functions relating to vessels entering the various ports of entry in Vanua Levu and these are Savusavu, Labasa, Wairiki and the bauxite loading area in Bua," Mr Cokansaiga said.
"As you all know when overseas vessels arrive including yachts, they are required to be cleared by the immigration officers and this office will oversee that.
"This office will ensure that these ships follow the legal requirements that are required of them in entering the Fiji waters and also, they observe the immigration laws of the country."
Mr Cokanasiga added the office would also serve passport applications and other immigration enquiries.
"You don't have to travel to Suva to lodge your passport applications. You can also lodge permit requests and citizenship applications from this office. It will also conduct investigations to ensure those who hold work permits, companies employing expatriates all observe the legal requirements."