A total of 9,080 citizens of Venezuela, who entered T&T legally, have overstayed their time in this country between 2016 to now, acting prime Minister Colm Imbert has said.
Addressing the post-Cabinet press conferenceon Wednesday, Imbert said he received those official statistics from Chief Immigration Officer Charmaine Gandhi-Andrews during a meeting on Tuesday.
Imbert said he sought the data to dispel the inaccurate figures being bandied about with regard to the number of Venezuelan citizens here.
A group of Venezuelan nationals will be protesting outside the united nations head office of chancery lane this morning.
Their grouse, the inhumane treatment meted out to Venezuelan nationals by local immigration authorities during an exercise on Aripata avenue over the weekend.
Activist Yaseina Gonzales described the activity as an abuse of power.
She is alleging that the authorities targeted all Venezuelan nationals including those who are living in Trinidad legally as well as those who have obtained un refugee status like criminals and held like hostages.