Mobile units normalizes status of farm workers
Mobile Migration Agency units are visiting farms to renew seasonal worker permits to farm workers. The work permits are required so that foreigners can legally work on farms. The government technicians are taking biometric fingerprints of each immigrant farm laborer, most of whom do not have legal identification. Migration director Major General Ruben Paulino Sem says the foreign farm workers hired by Dominican companies will be allowed to continue in their jobs. The measure broadens the free services offered by the Dominican government in its effort to normalize the situation of illegal immigration in the country, while not affecting production activities. Paulino Sem announced the mobile units will first be deployed in the eastern region of the country and then will be sent to the southwest.
The Migration unit officials emphasized that each farm worker case is being treated on an individual basis. Some farm laborers will receive a seasonal work permit, while others may qualify for residence permits. Paulino Sem says he is working in close collaboration with the Dominican Agribusiness Board (JAD) to implement the program.
The director of Migration, stressed that the mobile units are not issuing new documents and are only renewing identification cards for farm laborers whose work or residency permits have expired or will soon expire. Paulino Sem pointed out his effort has nothing to do with the recently terminated National Foreigner Legalization Plan (PNRE).
Source: DR1, Elnacional
July 9, 2015
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