Printing problems hamper registrations

Friday, May 31, 2019 - 05:30

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