The new border management system announced by the government last month is expected to be fully implemented by June 2020 and will consist of a number of components never seen in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) before.
“Though we are unable to give full details to the public, for obvious security reasons, we can see the introduction and reintroduction, in some cases, of passport scanning upon entry at all ports, e-visas, and proper people tracking,” Immigration Minister Vincent Wheatley told BVI News on Thursday, July 18.
He said the new system will be introduced to the BVI in phases. He again said he could not go into the specifics about these phases because of ‘security reasons’.
Minister Wheatley further said only one additional person will be hired to the existing Immigration Department to facilitate the implementation of the new system. He said the additional staff member will hold the post of System Administrator.
“This comes at a good time in the technological advancement of the Immigration Department and will include the internal oversight of the border management system. The System Administrator would receive extensive training by the company providing the system and will be the in-house go-to person to assist with any system issues,” Wheatley said.
He added that the current Immigration staff will also have to undergo additional training to ensure their competency in properly operating the new software which will be implemented.
“All training of staff will be done locally and will be provided by the company under the contract. These training [sessions] will also include retraining following updates to the system annually.”
Back in June, Minister Wheatley had told the House of Assembly that his government would be spending some $6.4 million to purchase a new state-of-the-art Immigration border management system to improve border security in the territory.
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