Calls are being made for the Ministry of National Security to put printing and photocopying facilities in place for the effective registration of Venezuelan nationals.
Scores of Venezuelans were told they had to return for registration because they had the wrong forms and no hardcopy of documents. Some who went in for registration at Achievors Banquet Hall in Duncan Village, San Fernando, said they were confused.
Johoselyn Fuentes explained that the forms were only available online two days ago but those who tried to access copies in Spanish experienced problems. She said the website crashed several times and eventually people registered without printing a hard copy.
Fuentes said because Thursday was a public holiday many Venezuelans had difficulty getting access to printing. She said there were also difficulties in communication as the translators were hard-pressed to understand their constraints.
Wendell Rambharose, who has employed Venezuelans, said there were too many hiccups with Immigration.
"These people are here since last night and you would have expected that the immigration would have had their act together," he said.
Personnel from Travtech Security arrived at the facility at around 8 am and distributed 200 meals. The company's operations manager Ryan Mahise said they also distributed bottled water.
Migrants waiting to be registered stood in the sweltering heat in an orderly fashion. Some had been lining up before dawn and many had been at the registration centre since 9 pm on Thursday.
Soad Habib said they were accustomed to lining up for food, water and other supplies. She said she hoped that help could come for all the Venezuelans. Her associate Diego Osoria said just about 350 people were placed in a list before 6 am.
An immigration official said the Venezuelans were supposed to have a completed Form 17 A, copies of birth certificates, passports, marriage certificates and any other relevant documents.
Shortly before 9 am, translator Fadia Kumar advised the migrants that they needed to have their forms printed before they came. Many walked down the SS Erin Road to see if they could get access to printing facilities.
More as this story unfolds.
Reporter: Radhica Sookraj