Thursday 21 November, 2019

Rowley: Close to 14,000 Venezuelans registered so far

Photo: Alina Doodnath.

Photo: Alina Doodnath.

Nearly 14,000 Venezuelan nationals have been registered to date during the Venezuelan migrant registration exercise.

Today is the final day of the registration exercise, which has been underway for the past two weeks. 

Responding to a question during Prime Minister's Question Time in Parliament on Friday, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said a count as of last night put the registration at 13,933 Venezuelans.

While the Prime Minister assured that those already in line will be accommodated, he maintained that when the exercise comes to an end, that is the end of the registration process.

“We have orderly lines there and at the end of the day who is there at the end of the line, who is there to be registered and all such persons who have turned up there to be a part of the line.

As at 5 o’clock if you are there to be registered you will be acknowledged and identified and the process will be completed for you."

He said Venezuelans in line after 5 pm could even be processed the following day, but there will not be any extension granted. 

When the registration process expires, the regular Immigration laws will apply to those in the country illegally.

Addressing concerns that the website for online registration was experiencing issues and is down, he said the online facility is only a part of the process.

"The online registration In the event that you are not able to register online, there are other options available."

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