Zambia’s Envoy in the USA hails the Zambian community
Zambia’s Charge’ D’Affaires at the Embassy of Zambia in Washington D.C. Joseph Chilaizya has described the Zambian community as one of the best-behaved among the diaspora living in the United States of America.
Mr. Chilaizya says the State Department has informed the mission that there are only 133 Zambians cited to have overstayed or violated visa regulation among other violations.
He says the figures rank among the lowest considering that other national records are in thousands.
“The Zambian community is one of the best-behaved communities in the United States of America. Of all the countries, you only have 133 of the recognized violations of overstay and visa violations that they are not in a hurry to deal with.
“I encourage you to stay on the good side of the law so that we can negotiate favorable terms for you with the US Government,” Mr. Chilaizya said.
Mr. Chilaizya has also called for close collaboration with Zambian association in the USA in order to help effectively attend to the needs of the diaspora.
He said this in Chicago at the Zambian Heritage Association of Chicago during the election of Mr. Blair Siajunza as the association president.
Mr. Chilaizya further called on Zambian associations to ensure that Zambians have a cash plan and health insurance to help cater for funeral expenses during the death of its nationals.
He disclosed the Embassy has recorded deaths of seven (7) Zambians in the past three months.
Meanwhile, the Embassy also conducted Consular clinics on dual citizenship with Zambians resident in Chicago.
Mr. Chilaizya urged Zambians in the diaspora to invest back home now that Government has implemented the dual citizenship clause.
And Embassy of Zambia Minister Counsellor for Political and Consular Affairs Robby Lungu also encouraged Zambians in the USA to contact the Embassy in Washington D.C to formalize any issues regarding dual citizenship.
Mr. Lungu says Statutory Number 50 clearly spells out processes and procedures of acquiring dual citizenship.