Saint Lucians Converge On Immigration Department To Obtain Passports

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Saint Lucians converged on the Immigration Department in Castries on Tuesday to obtain travel documents one day after the official launch of this country’s new e-passport.

Home Affairs Minister Virginia Albert-Poyotte told reporters that some one thousand people are awaiting their new passports.

At the same time, she disclosed there are air quality issues in the building.

“I think there may be a shortage of workers because a few persons have indicated some little problems with their skin, so that would create some form of delay,” the Babonneau MP noted.

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In addition, Albert-Poyotte said the search is on for an alternative location and the government was seeking to increase Immigration Department staff.

She also explained that with the introduction of the new e-passports there is a backlog of people waiting.

“Maybe in the next week or two weeks I think what the department will have to do is to send announcements to the people and let them know there is a certain quota so they do not have people waiting for a whole day and know they will not get attention,” the Minister said.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. This passport issue is a joke. Never before I hear a country stop issue of a vital document to bring in a new system. Why couldn’t it be phased in . Run alongside the old one until a percentage of population is covered and then ask people to come in and change and a deadline given as to when they expect to go fully digital. This is some crazy crap

  2. why dont you call people and give them an appointment dat to collect their passports? call them and tell them their passport is ready for collection that way alot of people wont come in.

  3. BLACK PEOPLE THE BIBLE IS YOUR HISTORY BOOK. THE OLD TESTAMENT IS THE HISTORY OF BLACK PEOPLE. IT WAS WRITTEN FOR YOU FROM GOD BY THE ANCIENT BLACK PROPHETS. SO PLEASE READ ALL THE BOOKS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT. IT WAS WRITTEN ESPECIALLY FOR BLACK ISRAELITES OF GOD AND ALSO FOR THE ISRAELITES OF THE KINGDOM OF JUDAH. OF WHICH OUR LORD AND KING IS CALLED THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH. ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES OUR LORD AND KING IS A BLACK BEING. READ DANIEL CHAPTER 7 VERSE 9 AND DANIEL CHAPTER 10 VERSES 5 AND 6. GOD ALMIGHTY SAID MY PEOPLE PERISH BECAUSE OF LACK OF KNOWLEDGE. PLEASE TAKE IN THE ACKNOWLEDGE OF THE MOST HIGH AND TEACH IT TO YOUR CHILDREN. RELIGIONS WILL NOT TEACH YOU THE TRUTH. STUDY THE SCRIPTURES FOR THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH WHICH THE LORD ALMIGHTY GAVE TO THEM THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL WHICH YOU ARE OF AND TO ALL THEIR GENERATIONS TO FOLLOW. MAY THE MIGHTY POWER OF THE MOST HIGH FALL ON HIS OBEDIENT PEOPLE WHICH ARE SCATTERED ALL OVER THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE WHOLE WORLD. AMEN..

  4. Wtf did she just say there……”I think” “maybe” ….what a worthless woman and minister. How the hell you ain’t know what’s going on with all these unsure statements. This whole new roll out is crap…yol hire all type of canadians consultants to advice yol on how to ruin lucian lives? People were dying on heat stroke standing for 10 hrs there….a simple system of appointments or contact via telephone could simplify the process. I think every single person involved in this roll out should quit or resign…except for the officers on ground who tried their best even in alleged moldy conditions.

  5. My advice to you black people is to travel among your own black countries. Where you will not experience racism. Start uniting with your own black nations to build your countries. For hundred of years black people have been building other people countries. But we have not been appreciated for what we have done. Now the time has come to build your own black nations and countries. It is the will of God Almighty for you to do so. Stop being a begging bowl to other nations. Start to depend on your own resources. Do not take bribes from others nations. You black people are the children of the MOST HIGH GOD. THE CHILDREN OF JACOB WHICH GOD NAMED ISRAEL. THEREFORE YOU ARE FROM THE TWELVE SONS OF JACOB THE ISRAELITE. THEREFORE YOU ARE THE TRUE ISRAELITES THE CHILDREN OF THE MOST HIGH GOD. HE HAS A COVENANT WITH THE CHILDREN OF JACOB THE HEBREW ISRAELITE.
    THAT IS TO RETURN BACK TO HIM AND TO KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS WHICH HE GAVE TO MOSES FROM MOUNT SINAI TO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL. BECAUSE OF SLAVERY YOU FORGOT WHO YOU ARE. NOW GOD ALMIGHTY IS WAKING YOU UP BEFORE HE COMES BACK TO THIS EARTH TO SET UP HIS KINGDOM OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. REPENT AND TURN TO HIM WITH ALL YOUR HEART FOR HE IS COMING TO JUDGE THE WORLD AND TO JUDGE EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO THEIR WORKS HAVE BEEN. THIS IS THE MESSAGE THE LORD ALMIGHTY GAVE TO YOU FROM HIS MESSENGER. PLEASE LISTEN AND TAKE HEED TO THIS WARNING MESSAGE.

    • I hear ya’,,,I literally made sense out of nonsense. I don’t know if I should be proud, or embarrass of myself : ) I think in anticipation of the increase in traffic of applicants for the new passport, the prudent thing to do was; to increase personnel, and facilitate locations as necessary, in order to seamlessly meet demand. Also delegating zones for certain dates, ( with the exception of prioritizing emergency applications of course ). Perhaps that’s asking a bit much given how inept this administrations is, but it would help facilitate things for sure. They govern by the seam o f the pants, so ya’, this outcome is par for the course.

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