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About Us

Discover Zambia Department of Immigration.

Who we are

The Department of Immigration was created by an Act of Parliament CAP 122 of 1965. The Department falls under the Ministry of Home Affairs and is mandated to enforce the Immigration Law in Zambia. The Immigration Law currently in force is the Immigration and Deportation Act number 18 of 2010 as read with the Immigration and Deportation (Amendment) Act number 19 of 2016.

Our mission is to facilitate and regulate the movement of persons entering and leaving the country and control the stay of immigrants and visitors in order to contribute to the internal security and sustainable socio- economic development.

Our vision is to be a leader in provision of the best Immigration services in Africa.

Our core values

We have a set of eight core values which, individually and collectively, represent our principles and standards that guide our actions and through which, we secure the public’s trust. These are:

  • Loyalty;
  • Service;
  • Integrity;
  • Transparency;
  • Efficiency;
  • Confidentiality;
  • Collaboration; and
  • Impartiality.

Our structure

The Department of Immigration is headed by the Director General, who reports to the Minister of Home Affairs through the Permanent Secretary. He has three Deputy Directors General, in charge of overseeing the Operations, Human Resource and Administration portfolios.

The ten Regional Immigration Offices in the ten provincial centres of Zambia are headed by Regional Immigration Offices, who are at the rank of Assistant Chief Immigration Officer.