Hours before the official start of registration began, hundreds of Venezuelans began assembling outside of Achievers Banquet Hall at Duncan Village, San Fernando.
Most had spent the night having walked with chairs and cushions in anticipation for a long night. Accustomed to having to line up for basic amenities in their home country, the Venezuelans were in good spirits, eagerly expressing their appreciation for the T&T people who had assisted them.
A Venezuelan man walked through the crowds, calling names and assigning numbers. Mothers wheeled their babies in prams while police stood on either side of the road in case there was any disorder but there was none.
Among those waiting was Venezuelan judge Manuel Romero. He said he was surprised at the number of people who arrived during the night for registration.
"I have been here since 10 pm last night. I'm tired but happy that I will finally get some papers, " he said.
Romero's asylum papers, granted by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), were burnt in a fire last year.
Another Venezuelan, Jesus Garcia, said he wanted the chance to continue to work for a year. Garcia said he and 65 other people have been working at a company in Chaguanas but their work permits will expire soon.
He said he had to flee Venezuela because of political persecution.
Ivan Acagua and his father Andres, who arrived at the facility at 9 pm on Thursday, said they were eager to get registered.
They said mass starvation and political upheaval forced them to leave their homeland.
More as this story develops.
Reporter: Radhica Sookraj