Immigration Division

PLIPDECO responds to rumours about dead bodies on vessel

The  Point  Lisas  Industrial  Port  Development  Corporation  (PLIPDECO) has responded to rumours of three dead, Chinese crew members on-board a ship docked at the Port of Point Lisas, describing them as untrue.

The rumours have been circulating via a viral WhatsApp message.

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), also has issued a statement, debunking the claims.

In an official statement, PLIPDECO reports on the various measures it has undertaken since the spread of the coronavirus nCoV-2019.

Cards for registered Venezuelan migrants being distributed

The National Security Ministry is reminding all Venezuelan nationals who participated in the Venezuelan Migrant Registration Programme earlier this year (between May 31 and June 14) that registration cards are still being distributed.

In a news release, the ministry is reminding those Venezuelan nationals who have not yet collected their registration cards, that the can now do so at the Immigration Division’s office on Richmond Street in Port of Spain.

More Venezuelan nationals intercepted by Coast Guard

More Venezuelan nationals have been intercepted in the Gulf of Paria by the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG), attempting to enter the country illegally.

According to a release issued by the TTCG, just before one o’clock this morning, twenty-six Venezuelan nationals were caught in a pirogue named Dona Josafena, with registration ARSI 3685.

The pirogue’s occupants included thirteen (13) adult males, four (4) adult females and nine (9) children.

Two pregnant Venezuelan women among 28 intercepted in pirogue

Two pregnant Venezuelan women were among 28 Venezuelan nationals intercepted on a pirogue in T&T waters on Tuesday morning.

According to the T&T Coast Guard (TTCG), at about 1.30 am, coast guard officers—who were conducting maritime border patrols just off the West Coast in the Gulf of Paria—observed the pirogue sailing full speed towards the coastline.

The coast guard vessel intercepted the Venezuelan sea vessel named Doña Isabel (registration number ARSI PE 0159), west of Gasper Grande Island.

On board the officers found 18 males and 10 females.

Coast Guard: millions in narcotics intercepted in 2019

An estimated $110 million worth of narcotics has been seized by the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG) for the year so far.

During a maritime operations patrol and media tour today, acting commanding officer of the TTCG, Don Polo, said just over 900 kilograms of marijuana and cocaine have been found in vessels intercepted by the coast guard.

Meanwhile, according to the acting commander, following the closure of the Venezuelan registration, over 400 Venezuelan nationals were detained and handed over to the Immigration Division.

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Trial date to be set in July

The tri­al date of a law­suit in which eight Venezue­lans are chal­leng­ing a de­ci­sion of the Im­mi­gra­tion Di­vi­sion to de­ny them en­try in­to the coun­try in March is ex­pect­ed to be set in Ju­ly.

Dur­ing a brief hear­ing of the case at the Hall of Jus­tice in Port-of-Spainyes­ter­day, High Court Judge Jacque­line Wil­son gave lawyers rep­re­sent­ing the group and di­vi­sion dead­lines for fil­ing ev­i­dence and sub­mis­sions in the ju­di­cial re­view case.