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Criminal Convictions & Immigration

Our firm’s knowledge of criminal defense law and immigration laws means we are ideally equipped to defend your rights. As a citizen, you have a right to due process—that means if you’re facing criminal charges or deportation, you can fight your charges in court. Don’t waste your chance. Our attorney can fight to get your charges dropped or reduced.

Anti-Narcotics Act

FIA Immigration wing was established in 1975. It has since evolved into a successful unit dealing with the challenges of a rapidly changing international environment. The development of Integrated Border Management System (IBMS) and introduction of E- Visas has added to the efficiency of the system and better service delivery. This journey is incessant because the services delivered by Immigration Wing are linked with the technological advancement happening in the contemporary world. Additionally, to keep pace with the modern times is the main challenge. FIA Immigration is handling more than 22 million traffic of passengers annually at its 27 notified checkpoints/ international borders. Immigration wing is playing an important role since 2018 in the enactment of Prevention of Trafficking in Persons Act 2018 and Prevention of Smuggling of Migrant Act 2018. 

Section 17 explains the unlawful emigration offenses as under;

  1. Whenever, except in conformity with the provisions of this Ordinance and the

rules, emigrates or departs or attempts to emigrate or depart shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may be extended to five years, or with fine, or with both.

  1. Whoever, except in conformity with the provisions of this ordinance or of the rules
    1. makes, or attempts to make any agreement with any person purporting to bind that person, or any other person, to emigrate or depart; or
    2. causes or assist or attempts to cause or assist, any person to emigrate or depart or to attempt to emirate or depart or to leave any place for the purpose of emigrating or departing; or
    3. causes any person engaged, assisted or recruited by him, after grant of the license referred to in section 12, to depart without appearing before the Protector of Emigrants as required by section 15 shall be punishable
      1. for a first offence, with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years, or with fine, or with both; and
      2. for a second or subsequent offence, with imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years, or with fine, or with both.
  2. When, in the course of any proceeding in connection with emigration in which an Overseas Employment Promoter is concerned, a breach of the provisions of this Ordinance or of the rules is committed, such person shall be liable to the punishment provided by subsection (2) unless he proved that he was not responsible for and could not have prevented the commission of the breach.
  3. Whoever, in contravention of the provisions of section 9, recruits a citizen of Pakistan or holds an interview or examination or issues an advertisement for such recruitment, and the editor, printer and publisher of a newspaper in which such advertisement is published, shall be liable to punishment provided by subsection (2).

Section 18 explains Fraudulently Inducing to Emigrate as under;

  1. Forges any document required for, or relating to, the emigration of any person, or has in his possession or under his control any instrument or article which may be used for the purpose of such forgery, or
  2. By means of cause or induce, any person to emigrate, or enters into any agreement to emigrate or leaves any place with a view to emigrating, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to fourteen years, or with fine, or with both.

Section 19 defines false representation of Government Authority;

Falsely represents that any emigrant is required by the Government or is to be engaged on behalf of the Government shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years, or with fine or with both.

Section 20 defines violation of terms of agreement with foreign employers by emigrants;

Whoever violates the terms of the agreement with his foreign employer by abandoning his employment or otherwise shall, after his repatriation to Pakistan be punishable with fine which may extend to ten thousand rupees.

Section 22 defines receiving money, etc. for providing foreign employment; 

Whoever, for providing or securing, or on the pretext of providing or securing, to or for any person employment in any country; beyond the limits of Pakistan.

  1. being an overseas employment promoter, charges any fee in addition to the

prescribed amount, or

  1. not being such a promoter, demands or receives, or attempts to receive, for himself or for any other valuable thing shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to fourteen years, or with fine or with both.

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