Semarang, Central Java – The immigration office in Central Java has deported 51 students who had come from Timor Leste but were found staying in violation of stay permit regulations.
The head of the immigration division of the regional office of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, M Diah, informed here on Monday that the 51 students from Timor Leste were deported by the immigration office of Pati District.
"They were found working as interns in a company but were found to have only a visit permit," she added.
She remarked that the students should have applied for a stay permit that is required for stay during internship. According to sources, she commented that the students were left in a lurch by their sponsor.
One hundred foreigners were deported from the region between January and October for violating stay permit regulations. "They had come from 20 countries but most were from Timor Leste and China," she disclosed.
She noted that due to wider investment opportunities and various tourist destinations in the region as well as the implementation of a free-visa policy, many foreigners have been coming to Indonesia, especially Central Java.
"Many foreigners have been coming and a number of them have been found violating laws such as stay permit regulations, overstaying and not carrying travel documents," she emphasized.(*)