The Immigration Department will be implementing an appointment system starting March 1.
Once implemented, persons will be able to schedule appointments based on the Immigration service they are seeking to receive.
A media release from the Immigration Department on Friday (February 23) said appointments will be offered in a series of three-hour slots between 8am and 3pm daily.
“Persons seeking to acquire residence status, become a Belonger, have their entry and landing permits renewed or issued, and process all other Immigration services will be asked to schedule their appointments from Monday through Thursday,” the release said.
Immigration said government and statutory body employees as well as students, employees at H Lavity Stoutt Community College, and persons exempt from work permits will only be allowed to book appointments on Fridays.
The department further said persons seeking landing permit extensions will be allowed to have walk-in appointments between 8am and 3pm daily.
“Persons are asked to schedule their appointments 10 days prior to the requested date and submit their full name, preferred time slot, file number and the type of service they are requesting to schedule,” Immigration said while urging persons with expired permits to schedule an appointment promptly.
New systems will merge
The new appointment system is being implemented as a fix to the long line of customers that have been accumulating outside the Immigration Department in Road Town since the hurricanes.
Premier Dr D Orlando Smith said an online application system will be implemented in a few weeks as another fix to the problem.
The online system will be merged with the appointment system to allow persons to make appointments to have their Immigration matters addressed in a timely manner.
“This will add to the efficiency of the application process at the Immigration Department,” Premier Smith said.
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