No NIS deductions for working Venezuelans

Thou­sands of Venezue­lan mi­grants are ex­pect­ed to en­ter the coun­try’s work­force fol­low­ing Gov­ern­ment’s re­cent reg­is­tra­tion pol­i­cy pro­gramme and while em­ploy­ment will pro­vide many with the life­line need­ed dur­ing their stay, no mea­sures have been im­ple­ment­ed by the gov­ern­ment for the state’s cof­fers to reap any ben­e­fits.

Tobago Imam applauds Venezuelan registration

Imam Yusuf Diab, of the Crown Point Mus­lim sect, ap­plauds Gov­ern­ment’s move to reg­is­ter and of­fer Venezue­lans em­ploy­ment and med­ical ser­vices for one year.

Speak­ing with Guardian Me­dia at the Crown Point Masjid on the eve of the cel­e­bra­tion of Eid-ul-Fitr, the Imam said he is hap­py the Gov­ern­ment be­gan the ini­tia­tive.

He made it clear that as an Or­tho­dox sect, his or­gan­i­sa­tion did not get in­volved in Gov­ern­ments’ af­fairs.

How­ev­er, as a busi­ness­man, he saw “the reg­is­tra­tion as a good idea.”

Bilingual job application forms for Venezuelans

Venezuelan nationals seeking employment in this country after registering in the government's amnesty, are being catered for by some companies, with bilingual application forms.

Among those companies is Prestige Holdings, which has now adapted its forms with Spanish translations to ensure that the Venezuelan nationals could understand.

Prestige Holdings is the parent company of Subway, KFC, Pizza Hut, TGI Fridays and Starbucks.

The registration process runs from May 31 to June 14.

Venezuelans to leave Irwin Park facility today

Chair­man of the Siparia Re­gion­al Cor­po­ra­tion Dr Glenn Ra­mad­hars­ingh says that time is up for the Venezue­lan mi­grants who have been stay­ing at Ir­win Park, Siparia for the last two weeks.

As they leave on Tues­day, Ra­mad­hars­ingh said that they will be pre­sent­ed with mat­tress­es and oth­er items that have been col­lect­ed for them over that time.

He said that he has en­sured that all of the mi­grants have gone through the reg­is­tra­tion process of Gov­ern­ment’s amnesty.

Venezuelans afraid of persecution following line of questioning

Some of the 115 Venezuelans who completed registration at Achievers Banquet Hall in San Fernando on Friday say they are surprised at the line of questions they were asked during their brief interviews by Immigration.

Some expressed fear of being persecuted politically if the information they divulged was shared. 

Speaking to Guardian Media through our translator Angie Ramnarine, Venezuelan Juan Fernandes said the questions were limited and did not take into account their medical problems or their medical needs.

Long lines of migrants wait to register

Hours be­fore the of­fi­cial start of reg­is­tra­tion be­gan, hun­dreds of Venezue­lans be­gan as­sem­bling out­side of Achiev­ers Ban­quet Hall at Dun­can Vil­lage, San Fer­nan­do.

Most had spent the night hav­ing walked with chairs and cush­ions in an­tic­i­pa­tion for a long night. Ac­cus­tomed to hav­ing to line up for ba­sic ameni­ties in their home coun­try, the Venezue­lans were in good spir­its, ea­ger­ly ex­press­ing their ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the T&T peo­ple who had as­sist­ed them.

Central Bank Governor: Hosting Venezuelans could cost $620M/year

The Central Bank Governor has estimated that it will cost the state around $620 million dollars a year to support the Venezuelans who have migrated to this country.

Dr Alvin Hilaire said at first he was skeptical about that figure but then said after looking at the impact on Colombia, that 600-odd million-dollar figure seemed plausible.

Colombia has so far taken in almost 1.2 million Venezuelan migrants and refugees. This has cost that country around 0.4% of its GDP.