Thursday 5 December, 2019

8 things to know about the Venezuelan migrant registration process

Government is embarking on a nationwide exercise to register all Venezuelan nationals who are here in Trinidad and Tobago, whether legally or illegally.

The registration process is set to begin on May 31 and will end on June 14. It will cost approximately five million dollars and will be conducted at three venues across Trinidad and Tobago.

Here’s all you need to know about the Venezuelan migrant registration process:

1) Who can register?

Venezuelans who are in Trinidad and Tobago, whether legally and illegally MUST register, EXCEPT Venezuelans who fall under the following categories:

- permanent residents of Trinidad and Tobago
- Venezuelans with dual citizenship for Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago. 
- Venezuelans with valid work permits
- Venezuelans in the process of obtaining legal immigration status.

Also, a UNHCR certificate is not equivalent to a work permit and therefore Venezuelans with only a UNHCR certificate must also register to be applicable to work in Trinidad and Tobago.

2) When will the registration process take place?

The registration process will take place from May 31 to June 14, inclusive of weekends but excluding the public holiday Eid-ul-Fitr on June 5.

3) What time will the registration take place?

The registration will take place from 7 am-5pm.

4) Where are the registration venues located?

The registration venues at located at:

Queen’s Park Oval

94 Tragarete Road, Port of Spain

Achievor’s Banquet Hall

24 Adesh Drive, San Fernando

Caroline Building

Wilson Road, Scarborough

5) What are the required documents for the registration?

The required documents are:

Birth certificate

Cedula/ID

Passport

2 passport sized photographs

Proof of address

Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

Legal Guardian documents (if applicable)
 

6) Can I still register if I don’t have the required documents?

Applicants must fill out forms online and print them. Persons without these documents will be directed accordingly at the registration centres.

7) What will be required of me at the registration centre?

Applicants will be required to submit complete registration forms (giving their local address and contact information), have their photographs taken and provided biometrics, including fingerprints.

Applicants are also required to swear to a statutory declaration that their information given is true and correct.

8) Will I receive my registration card on the same day that I apply?

No, applicants will be assessed, after which applicants that have been approved will be issued registration cards.

-Information courtesy the Ministry of Communications

Pre-registration can be found online here: http://venezuelanmigrantregistration.gov.tt/

Venezuelan Migrant Registration Process

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