Cabinet has agreed to open a two-week registration for Venezuelans in Trinidad and Tobago, to allow then an initial stay of six months in which they can also work in Trinidad and Tobago.
The decision is for Venezuelans who arrive here legally or illegally.
The two-week amnesty will begin on May 31st and run until June 14th.
Government Minister Stuart Young told today's post-Cabinet media conference that five registration centres will be set up with interpreters for the registration process.
Trinidad and Tobago has abstained from yet another vote taken by the Organisation of American States (OAS) related to Venezuela.
The Permanent Council of the OAS approved on Wednesday the resolution - "Humanitarian Assistance in Venezuela” - encouraging member states, permanent observers, and the competent international organizations “to continue providing support and implementing measures to address the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.”
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday called on Russia to pull its troops from Venezuela and warned that "all options" were open to make that happen.
"Russia has to get out," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, where he met with Fabiana Rosales, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido.
Two Russian air force planes landed outside Caracas on Saturday carrying nearly 100 Russian troops.
The US government believes the troops include special forces and cybersecurity personnel.
Government is maintaining its position of non-interference in Venezuelan affairs after Foreign Affairs Minister Dennis Moses attended a Caricom meeting in Barbados to participate in a conference call with Venezuela's self-declared interim president, Juan Guaido.
Moses told the media on Sunday that he does not rule out talks with Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro. On Saturday, Moses attended a previously undisclosed meeting with other regional Foreign Affairs Ministers in Barbados and participated in the video call.
T&T’s Prime Minister Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and the leaders of two other countries who recently sought peace in Venezuela’s crisis aren’t among the five Caribbean leaders who’ve been invited to meet US President Donald Trump tomorrow on issues, including Venezuela.
While Rowley wasn’t on that invitation list, as word of Trump’s meeting was announced by the White House yesterday, US Ambassador Joseph Mondello held discussions with Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar at her Port-of-Spain office.
Ten illegal Venezuelan immigrants, including five children, have been detained at the Cedros Police Station after being found wandering on the Galfar beach after coming off a boat.
A source said the family was forced to sleep on the floor of the station as they awaited processing by the Immigration Division.
It is uncertain why the children, aged four to ten, were not put under the care of the Child Protection Unit at the Oropouche Police Station.
One year amnesty for Venezuelans nearer?
The National Security Ministry’s proposed register for Venezuelans in T&T will be discussed in Cabinet next week.
At the post-cabinet media briefing, National Security Minister Stuart Young said a note will be taken to Cabinet on the issue then.