Lebanon News

Bassil orders missions to 'facilitate' expat paperwork

The foreign ministry building in Beirut, Thursday, May 29, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Foreign Ministry has advised its diplomatic missions worldwide to facilitate paper work and registration procedures for Lebanese expatriates in line with its newly adopted “Immigration Diplomacy” policy.

A ministry statement said Friday: “Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil issued a memo dated 17-7-2014 advising all diplomatic missions and consulates abroad to facilitate the registration and paper work for Lebanese expatriates scattered around the world.”

The statement said the note was in line with a 1942 law under which the missions are requested to act quickly and without delay to proceed expatriates’ transactions, especially with regard to registrations of any change in personal status.

The move also came in compliance with the immigration diplomacy policy and recommendations taken at the conference on “expatriate dynamics,” the statement said.

It said the ministry urged expatriates to report any violations.





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