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Air & Sea Carriers not complying with Immigration rules- Report

-Premier’s Office 2012 annual report cites funding, staffing and addressing large number of applications for Certificates of Residence and Belonger Status as Immigration Dept. Challenges
The Premier’s Office, in its 2012 Annual Report laid in the House of Assembly on 25, July 2013, accused air and sea carriers of not complying with Immigration Department policies. It did not go into details of what some of the violations were. The report, however, called for the instituting of fines and penalties, which it believes will help to deter violation of the immigration laws. Photo: VINO/File
The Premier’s Office, whose portfolio includes the Immigration Department, stated in its 2012 Annual report that the Department faced inadequate funding, staffing, compliance by air and sea carriers with immigration rules and regulations, dealing with the expenses associated with repatriation of illegal migrants and addressing the large number of applications for Certificates of Residence and Belonger Status. Photo: VINO/File
The Premier’s Office, whose portfolio includes the Immigration Department, stated in its 2012 Annual report that the Department faced inadequate funding, staffing, compliance by air and sea carriers with immigration rules and regulations, dealing with the expenses associated with repatriation of illegal migrants and addressing the large number of applications for Certificates of Residence and Belonger Status. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Premier’s Office 2012 report tabled in the House of Assembly (HOA) on July 25, 2013 by Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith made many references to the Immigration Department, a body within the portfolio of the Office of the Premier.

In the Premier’s 2012 Report, it noted that some of the challenges continuing to face the Immigration Department include those of funding, staffing, compliance by air and sea carriers with Immigration rules and regulations, dealing with the expenses associated with repatriation of illegal migrants and addressing the large number of applications for Certificates of Residence and Belonger Status.

To address the staff shortage, the report stated that in 2012 the Immigration Department took a step by advertising two vacant positions of Assistant Chief Immigration Officer for Border Management and Assistance Chef Immigration Officer for Administration.

The report claimed that “the filling of those two positions would help take some of the administrative load off the head of department”.

Carriers need fines.

The report, which stated that the air and sea carriers were not complying with immigration policies, called for the institution of fines and penalties that would help to deter violation of immigration laws and regulations by the carriers and individuals.

The Premier’s Office 2012 report also complained about the backlog of Residence and Belonger Status applications, which it said needed to be urgently addressed and can be done with the assignment of additional staff to the unit and improved management systems.

One of the conclusions of the 2012 Premier’s Office report is that the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government of the day can improve the transparency of the operations of the Immigration Department’s Status Unit and the department in general by the institution of a comprehensive immigration policy by legislation that guides the granting of these statuses. 

8 Responses to “Air & Sea Carriers not complying with Immigration rules- Report”

  • bay yute (03/08/2013, 11:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    DUH!

  • blackberry (03/08/2013, 11:10) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    That Office should be embarrassed to admit deeds failure

  • Fo Real (03/08/2013, 11:42) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Unfortunately these reports are a waste of time as all you learn is about poor performers which we have become accustomed to and not having accountability, not achieving deadlines etc, and all dept venting about needing more of something!!!.
  • foxy (03/08/2013, 13:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    with this ports hike not much people with be getting on the boat yall
  • asura (03/08/2013, 15:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    they will impress me to name the carriers who are in violation
  • No (03/08/2013, 15:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nonsense
  • ReX FeRal (03/08/2013, 16:11) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    The syatem is broken, been broken and it will take the internal fortitude of doctor smith and his political gang to fix it. Every other Caribbean island and countries world wide tightened their immigration laws and entry requirements but the VI st here and want to have a bleeding heart for everyone who come knocking. But the Immigration department cant do better with the constant interferance by politicans and influential business people and Virgin islanders in genera. Also the governor dont want to deport criminals convicted in our courts, thats public information. When rapists and other student molesters are allowed to remain in the VI we will start to look like a dumping ground for foreign criminals.
  • black boy (03/08/2013, 20:06) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    these politicians preach one thing and practice another


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