National Security Minister Stuart Young has stated that there is likely to be an extension to the period that registered Venezuelan migrants are being allowed to stay in T&T.
The registration process was carried out in May and June 2019, and allowed those who signed up, to work and live in T&T for a year.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, that period was extended to December 31st 2020.
Speaking at the Prime Minister’s media briefing yesterday, Minister Stuart Young said another extension will have to be approved by the Cabinet.
He said: “At this stage, we have a number of decisions to make. The one thing I think I will get Cabinet’s support in, is an extension of the Venezuelan extension migrants, or an extension of their tenure, so to speak, and that would be up for Cabinet to decide for how long, probably six months in the first instance.”
However Young stressed that no additional persons will be registered.
He said “We are not allowing any further registration of new persons, but we are probably going to require people to update their information for our records.”
This means that the migrants who are registered with government, will be required to fill out new forms and provide such information like new addresses, place of work, contact numbers etc.
“He said that is something that we are exploring and it will not be the same system as before, as we already have the information of those who are registered.”