Immigration Department Warns Natioanls Of The Serious Undertaking When Sponsoring Non-Nationals

Important Notice from the Department of Immigration

It has been drawn to the attention of the Department of Immigration that many Antigua and Barbuda nationals are volunteering to act as sponsors to facilitate the visit of non-nationals to the country.

The department wishes to advise all persons that the act of serving as a sponsor for a non-national is a serious undertaking that comes with many responsibilities. It is therefore not something to be taken lightly.

The person acting as a sponsor is responsible for ensuring that the non-national obeys the laws of Antigua and Barbuda during the period of his/her stay and to return to his/her country of origin at the expiration of his/her legal time in Antigua and Barbuda.

The Department of Immigration has observed that persons are presenting themselves as sponsors for individuals visiting the country and that soon after the person arrives, forego all responsibilities related to the non-national. The Department wishes to inform all sponsors that they are responsible for the visitor and should he/she wish to cease being a sponsor, that he/she should visit the Department of Immigration accompanied by the non-national and make this known to the department. This is to ensure that proper monitoring of the non-national for the remaining time in the country.

Meanwhile, the Department of Immigration wishes to notify all non-nationals who are out of legal time and are desirous of remaining in the country, to visit the Department to have their status regularized.

The Department wishes to inform all persons who are in breach of this regulation that it is an offence to remain beyond the time that they are permitted to be in the country. Therefore, anyone found in breach may be subject to the penalties prescribed in the Passport and Immigration Act.