The Ministry of National Security says its Immigration offices at Temple Court, Abercromby Street, Port of Spain will be closed to the general public on Carnival Monday and Tuesday.
The following Immigration offices will also be closed on Carnival Monday and Tuesday, with the exception of all port operations:
1. No. 67 Frederick Street, Port of Spain
2. No. 135 Henry Street, Port of Spain
3. Government Plaza, No. 3–9 Richmond Street, Port of Spain
4. No. 2 Knox Street, San Fernando
5. D’Marrie Hill, Guaico Main Road, Sangre Grande
On the heels of immigration officers signing a “no confidence” petition against acting Chief Immigration Officer (AgCIO) Charmaine Gandhi-Andrews, a cheque totalling $31,080 has surfaced. That hefty payment was made to a popular Hotel at Crown Point Tobago from the Immigration Department.
Senior immigration officers are calling on Gandhi-Andrews to clear the air on the purpose of the three alleged trips and stay at the Coco Reef Resort and Spa between June 2017 to September 2017.
The national security minister says automatic kiosks to replace the immigration desks at the airport should be in place by carnival next year.
The minister was responding to questions regarding what measure have been put in place to ensure there is no recurrence of what transpired on Sunday, November 12th when several immigration officers stayed away from work causing arriving passengers to wait for hours to be processed.
Minister Dillon says while investigations into that incident are ongoing, there are new contingency plans.
The Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT) has apologised for the chaos that occured at the Piarco International Airport on Sunday due to a shortage of Immigration officers.
Arriving passengers had to wait for as long as five hours to clear Immigration after just two of 15 officers turned up for work.
The Airports Authority is not responsible for Immigration officers but AATT issued the following statement today:
Jamaica is reporting a significant decline in the number of its nationals who have been denied entry into Trinidad and Tobago for the period March to December last year.
Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Kamina Johnson Smith said apart from the 64 percent reduction, there have also been fewer complaints of mistreatment from officials in Port of Spain.
“We received feedback from travellers and through enquiries by our Jamaican High Commission in Port of Spain that there is generally an improved experience at immigration,” she said.
US Ambassador John Estrada is making it clear that the laws that determine deportation have not changed.
The Ambassador issued a statement today fears of mass deportation of residents with the change of government in the US.
The following is the ambassador's statement.
"United States immigration law and regulations have not changed following our recent elections.
Non-U.S. citizens convicted of crimes in the U.S. can be deported to their country of origin. This happens in Trinidad and Tobago, as all over the world.