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St Augustine UWI students worry as T&T immigration workers continue strike

Published:Wednesday | October 15, 2014 | 3:21 PM

Jamaican students at the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) St Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago say they’re concerned about their status in the country.

According to the Guild of Students, an ongoing dispute between the Trinidadian government and that county’s immigration workers have left them unable to regularise their stay in the Twin Island Republic.

On entering the country, the students are granted stay in the country temporarily after which, they are required to make contact with immigration to extend their stay.

The Jamaicans say the problem is affecting not only them but the majority of regional and international students in the country.

In a release, the guild called on the country’s Foreign Affairs, Tertiary Education, and National Security minister to intervene.

And according to the Guild Council as Trinidad and Tobago is a host nation to the UWI, it is embarrassing that contingency plans cannot be put in place to ensure the students are sheltered from the effects of such industrial action.

President of the Guild of Students at the UWI’s Mona campus Lerone Laing says his counterparts in St Augustine were given verbal assurance that once they had their school identification cards and their acceptance letters, they would not be deported.

However, he says they remain concerned and want this information verified.


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