Operating on weekends and opening longer hours are being suggested as solutions to the overcrowding problem plaguing the Immigration Department.
An expatriate resident who has been living in the British Virgin Islands for last 11 years made the suggestion yesterday.
He was among the masses that flooded the Road Town-based department at the time. He told BVI News that he has been trying without success to renew his Immigration status for the last two months.
“Of course it was unforeseen that things would have gotten to this. But now that we have this issue, deal with it. Make adjustments, work on weekends, open extra space that is not used … do something,” the resident said as he waited outside the department.
Lines longer every day
The resident said he believes the problem will continue to worsen if it is not urgently rectified.
“The lines are getting longer by the day. Every time you come here the whole place full! It is really serious,” he said.
“I came here this morning thinking I was early. I came about 7:30am. When I came the line was curved from all the way around yonder,” he added.
Another resident among the gathering also spoke to BVI News anonymously. He said he was visiting the department with hopes of extending his remaining time in the territory while his work permit is being processed.
“My work permit is ready but they give me until the March 20 to collect it. That’s the appointment that they give me. It’s not easy,” he said, adding that he has been in the territory for 21 years.
Noticeably large crowds have convened outside the entrance of Immigration every day since the department reopened after the September 2017 hurricanes.
These crowds often become exposed to sporadic rainfall and scorching heat from the sun.
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