Friday 24 January, 2020

Gov't: Day one of registration migrant process smooth, despite hiccups

Government has declared that the first day of the Venezuelan migrant registration process went smoothly, except for some challenges with accessing of forms online.

However, it noted that this issue was rectified and registration continued at all centres unabated.

In a statement on Friday night, the Ministry of Communications stated that the registration process got underway today at all three registration centres in Trinidad and Tobago without any major challenges.

The Ministry noted that there was a steady flow of applicants during the morning period at the Port of Spain and San Fernando locations and to lesser extent in Tobago.

It said shortly after 7:00 am the first batch of applicants made their way into the Port of Spain Registration Centre where they first underwent security checks before being ushered into the waiting area where their documents where verified by Immigration officials.

Around 7:30 am Acting Minister of National Security and Minister of Communications, Hinds visited the Port of Spain Centre at Queens Park Oval to get a first-hand look at the process and to engage with the Chief Immigration Officer Charmaine Gandhi-Andrews and other officials stationed at the centre.

Shortly after his walk through of the centre, he addressed the media where he responded to queries and questions pertaining to the registrations process.

Also present at the Port of Spain Registration Centre was Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith who also did a walk-through of the centre and also addressed the media on security arrangements.

Later Friday morning, Minister Hinds accompanied by the Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Glenda Jennings Smith visited the San Fernando Registration Centre located at the Achievors Banquet Hall.

Shortly after 2:00 pm Hinds arrived at Caroline Building, Wilson Road, Scarborough, Tobago and was taken on a tour of the registration centre.

Registration continues tomorrow until June 14.

Centres are opened between 7 am to 5 pm.

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