Immigration

Venezuelan activist not comforted by news of extension for migrants

“What's next?”

That's the question being asked by Venezuelan activist, Sofia Figueroa-Leon, following the assurance that there would be an automatic extension for registered Venezuelan migrants.

During Thursday’s Post-Cabinet Media Briefing, National Security Minister Stuart Young guaranteed that holders of registration cards would get a six-month extension at the end of the period for which they are registered.

However, Figueroa-Leon said with the absence of a proper migrant policy, Venezuelans are subjected to a lack of basic human rights and public services.

16,523 migrants registered in two weeks

The fi­nal fig­ure for the num­ber of Venezue­lans who reg­is­tered in the re­cent two-week amnesty process is 16,523.

The pre­lim­i­nary fig­ure which was giv­en at the end of the ex­er­cise was over 15,000.

Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young gave the up­dat­ed fig­ure in Tues­day night’s Sen­ate de­bate.

Kamla:No Opposition support for Immigration changes

Changes to the Im­mi­gra­tion Reg­u­la­tions, pro­posed by the Gov­ern­ment will not re­ceive any sup­port from the Op­po­si­tion.

Speak­ing at the Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress' Mon­day Night Fo­rum at the Aran­juez North Sec­on­dar School, Op­po­si­tion leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar said that the Gov­ern­ment filed "some­thing known as Im­mi­gra­tion Reg­u­la­tion".

"And we have ap­plied to an­nul those reg­u­la­tions," she said.

Water shortage shuts down Immigration Office in Grande

The Im­mi­gra­tion De­part­ment in San­gre Grande was forced to re­main closed yes­ter­day be­cause of a wa­ter short­age.

Many peo­ple trav­el­ling to the de­part­ment in San­gre Grande to ei­ther ap­ply, re­new of col­lect their new pass­ports said they were dis­ap­point­ed as the of­fice was closed yes­ter­day

When Guardian Me­dia vis­it­ed the Im­mi­gra­tion Of­fice at Damarie Hill, Guaico, there was no one at the of­fice ex­cept a se­cu­ri­ty guard.

Jamaican deportee willing to surrender

The Ja­maican man who was de­nied en­try at the Pi­ar­co In­ter­na­tion­al Air­port on Fri­day says he did not es­cape cus­tody and claimed he paid US$500 to an Im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cer to se­cure his free­dom.

Another Venezuelan boat denied T&T entry

Just two weeks af­ter a dozen peo­ple died while try­ing to flee Venezuela for T&T in a pirogue, the crew and pas­sen­gers of an­oth­er ves­sel com­ing from Venezuela are cur­rent­ly in a stand­off with the T&T Coast Guard, fear­ing they may suf­fer the same fate.

Video: Venezuelans arriving in Cedros

Our crews have been covering the Venezuelan crisis and the arrival of Venezuelans to T&T over the past months.

Today photographer Roberto Codallo captured another set of legal arrivals at the port of Cedros where an Immigration station is established.

Venezuelans claim Immigration officers in racket, bribes to stay in T&T

Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young is chal­leng­ing ac­tivist Yese­nia Gon­za­les and oth­er Venezue­lan na­tion­als to bring ev­i­dence they have against Im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cers they al­lege are tak­ing bribes from Venezue­lan na­tion­als seek­ing to gain en­try in­to T&T and to stay here af­ter their time has elapsed.

Young made the call yes­ter­day, hours af­ter Gon­za­les made the claim on CNC3’s The Morn­ing Brew and some of her com­pa­tri­ots backed up the al­le­ga­tion.

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