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Gov’t too broke to print Immigration forms for Visitors & Residents

—are made to use outdated, cumbersome document to rake in more taxes-Claude O. Skelton-Cline
Residents, tourists and visitors awaiting both Immigration and Customs services at the Road Town, Ferry Dock. Photo: VINO/File
The matter was brought to the fore this past week, Tuesday, November 20, 2018, by Honestly Speaking, host, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline. Photo: VINO/File
The matter was brought to the fore this past week, Tuesday, November 20, 2018, by Honestly Speaking, host, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The National Democratic Party (NDP) government has purportedly bankrupt the Virgin Islands (VI), to the point where the administration is now without money to pay for simply printing the updated Customs and Immigration forms.

The result, the departments have had to resort to using outdated forms that have been taken out of use some years now.

It now means, visitors and residents alike, are now made to go through the tedious process of having to fill out separate forms for each individual person arriving, including children—a system that had already been phased out.

Tedious Process

The matter was brought to the fore this past week, Tuesday, November 20, 2018, by Honestly Speaking, host, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline.

The radio host and man of the cloth raised the matter during his commentary, and have since called on the newly appointed Junior Minister for Tourism, Honourable, Hubert O’Neal (R9), to urgently address the ‘embarrassing’ situation that currently exists at the VI’s ports of entry, at least at the Ferry Dock.

Detailing his investigation, Mr Skelton Cline recounted that on Sunday, November 18, 208, last, he observed upon his return to Tortola, the Immigration Officer forcing persons arriving—visitors and tourists—to go through a tedious process that had been long phased out.

He was at the time making reference to the need for individual forms for families versus a single document.

Investigation

Having witnessed the scenario, Mr Skelton-Cline related, that he questioned the rank on duty at the time and was told that the old forms were being used, since he was acting on instructions.

Mr Skelton-Cline said, this forced him to undertake some research into the matter only to find out that firstly, “we were given the old forms; that this the form this government was advised not to use…it’s too cumbersome, its requiring information that isn’t necessary.”

He was adamant, “we are a tourist destination; make this process seamless for people to move in and for people to move out.”

Too Broke to Pay

According to Skelton-Cline, what in fact happened is that the department ran out of the new forms. “Why did they run out of the new forms, they run out of the new forms because the government doesn’t have any money to pay the vendor in Puerto Rico…In Puerto Rico, the merchant is saying no pay, no forms.”  

This situation, he said, led to the administration having to resort to the old forms that were left over when it was phased out.

The radio host posited, the insistence and resort to using the outdated forms is to ensure that the administration is still able to recover its environmental tax, “they want to tax the tourist to death, per each form, for each individual.”

Honestly Speaking, Skelton-Cline, used the occasion to call out newly appointed Minister, Hon O’Neal, saying, “for god’s sake, y’all fix this…people are visiting our country, let’s make it simple and as seamless as possible.”

17 Responses to “Gov’t too broke to print Immigration forms for Visitors & Residents ”

  • ccc (23/11/2018, 10:16) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
    leadership matters
  • jokers (23/11/2018, 10:24) Like (25) Dislike (3) Reply
    TELL THAT TO WADE SMITH AND TELL HIM HE CANT EVEN REP COUSTOMS
  • WOWW (23/11/2018, 10:28) Like (20) Dislike (16) Reply
    What a embarrassment, Ndp such a disgrace.
  • Laura (23/11/2018, 10:33) Like (17) Dislike (10) Reply
    ShAME ON DR SMITH WHAT A LEAGACY
  • nonsense (23/11/2018, 10:38) Like (22) Dislike (6) Reply
    Claude you need to make up he mind if he want to be a preacher or a man of the cloth. he should learn from lat election.
  • Jacperlance (23/11/2018, 11:18) Like (18) Dislike (8) Reply
    What a burning shame and some people still think that this NDP Government is still this territory’s best hope. Well them who feel so are themselves hopeless and blind to reality
  • Hmmm (23/11/2018, 11:31) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Crazy as the Government do not just give these away. The airlines (handling companies), ships etc are charged for the forms they give to passengers.
  • concern (23/11/2018, 11:36) Like (17) Dislike (14) Reply
    Wow!! Is this for real. Is this something to published from a pastor. Please for heaven sake if you are a pastor do what god put you on this earth to do.

    Now I really see you do not love this country. Anything for power.

    Bvi we need to pray for him.

    Wow
    • Fighter against corruption (23/11/2018, 12:55) Like (10) Dislike (8) Reply
      @concern, yes he love this country very much and holds its best interest at heart. Part of his responsibility as a pastor is to expose the wicked corrupt practices of this NDP Government and that’s exactly what he is doing. Is people like him we need on these talk shows to expose all the wrongs of the NDP. I can see you are not concern at all because you are covering up and trying to hide wrong doing. Thank you Claude for keeping the people informed.
  • Gospel (23/11/2018, 11:42) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
    If this man wants to be doomsday preacher he should go back to being a preacher.
  • Me (23/11/2018, 14:51) Like (9) Dislike (10) Reply
    Claude to be honest I'M SICK/TIRED OF THE NEGATIVE THINGS U TAKE TO THE MEDIA .U said ir.a man of GOD boy stop.fooling ur self.As u say honestly speaking u seems really sour.The messages go a long way around the globe & it' s baaaad for all of us on the BVI.If u have ur issues remember u CLAUDE SKELTON CLINE wad a part of the problem.U lie in bed with dog with fleas what do u expect so stop ur shit be more comstructive with ur comments& drop this bout man of cloth.Sorry I don't mean ur former associates are dogs just to class U.

  • NezRez (23/11/2018, 17:26) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is beyond embarrassing and sad that the government has sank this low. GAWD!
  • Pure hearsay (24/11/2018, 14:23) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    More propaganda. I expect better from a man of God!
  • Tafari Zharr (24/11/2018, 18:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So if the printer can’t print without paper can we find alternative sources or are the lines and times about to be up the wazoo?
  • wize up (25/11/2018, 18:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    pier park(2-words)...talk that!!!!


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