112 Venezuelan Nationals refused cards due to criminal records

Colm Imbert

112 Venezuelan migrants in Trinidad and Tobago were refused regularisation, as they were found to have criminal records for serious offences. The 112 have criminal records, ranging from robbery, larceny, drug trafficking and homicide said acting Prime Minister Colm Imbert in the the House of Representatives on Friday.

He was replying to a question to the Prime Minister from Couva South Member Of Parliament Rudy Indarsingh, who asked how many of the 16,523 applicants had actually received cards.

The government’s registration process took place from May 31st to June 14th 2019, during which 5,148 applicants had been verified by the Venezuelan and TT authorities and Interpol, and so have been recommended for ministerial approval. 3,091 migrant registration cards had been processed and printed for collection by individuals who are to be notified, he added.

Approved migrants are allowed to stay in Trinidad and Tobago for an initial period of six months after which they will be assessed again for a possible extension to stay a further six months.