Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Point office picking up Sando ‘slack’

WHILE staff members at the Immigration Division office in San Fernando continue to turn away persons seeking assistance, the office in Point Fortin is offering a helping hand to all.

Point Fortin Mayor Clyde Paul said yesterday the industrial action taken by staff at the San Fernando and Port of Spain offices meant more work for the Point Fortin office.

Paul said, “Some anxiety has stepped in because of Port of Spain and San Fernando. People are going to migrate to Point Fortin. They have to be prepared for a work load that is not normal. People in Point Fortin are workers and they assist. 

“I know they assist because I have a lot of stories where these people bent over backwards and offered their support on the grounds of compassion. They are very compassionate.”

However, the Point Fortin office located at Richardson Street,  deals only with the application for and issuing of passports.

It is opened from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m, and operates with a staff of seven immigration officers, four assistants and four security officers, the Express was told.

At the Immigration Department in San Fernando yesterday, people again are able to only collect their passports and application forms as members of the Public Services Association (PSA) continue their industrial action citing health and safety concerns and terms of employment.