Haiti to Enforce 1978 Law on Treatment of Foreignors

Written by DH Staff

Monday, 30 January 2012 10:58

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – The Ministry of the Interior is looking to enforce a law passed in 1978 on immigration and emigration and the treatment of foreign nationals.

In a press note sent to DH by the ministry and signed by the Minister of the Interior Thierry Mayard-Paul, foreign nationals staying in the country for more than 90 days have the obligation to obtain a residence permit from the Directorate of Immigration and Emigration (DIE) valid for an excised tax from October 1st to September 30th; Haiti’s fiscal calendar.

In addition, the press note reads, private companies, supermarkets, beauty salons and non-governmental organizations and etc, must claim any foreigners within 15 days of hire or face prosecution.

The ministry announced that a Brigade of Alien Control (BAC) of the DIE will make unannounced visits to ensure the full implementation of the law.

The Minister of the Interior is applying Articles 305, 313 and 315 of the Legislative Decree of December 26, 1978, passed during the government of former President-for-Life Jean Claude Duvalier.

For some time, many members of the Haitian Diaspora community visiting Haiti have been hesitant to disclose information on entry for fear that their privacy may be compromised and they may fall victim to kidnapping.

Update 01.31.12:
A note from the Ministry of the Interior of a decree of August 12, 2002, waives the requirements stated above for Haitians-by-origin and their descendants.

Law of 12 August 2002 granting favors to some Haitian origin enjoying another nationality and their descendants

ARTICLE 1. while enjoying Haitian origin of another nationality and his descendants are:

a) visa waivers Haitian and out of haiti
b) exemptions from the formalities of a residence permit and payment of related taxes
c) exemptions from the formalities of a work permit, employment permit and payment of related taxes
d) exemptions from the completion of formalities involved in the license of the foreign and payment of related taxes
e) eligible as a public service that works in employment, except as expressly prohibited by the constitution
f) permitted to acquire any property in urban real estate with an area not larger than 3 ha 87, is the equicalent of holes (3) tile earth
h) fully entitled to enjoy the same rights of succession that all Haitians
i) authorize, in case of auction see Paré, to proclaim contractor of the building affects the payment of his claim and statements of orders can be made ​​in favor