Government Plans To Limit Immigration Temporarily

Immigration Minister Greene and Chief Immigration Officer Yearwood

Foreign Affairs Minister, E.P Chet Greene, says he plans to meet with the Chief Immigration Officer and her team shortly to discuss implementing new guidelines on immigration announced by Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, over the weekend.

The economic fallout as a result of the pandemic has lead Browne to pursue placing limit all immigration temporarily.

“One of the things we have to do is to control the number of people coming into the country as new immigrants. I know we have a large immigrant population, but we can’t have a situation where you have high unemployment and people coming in to burden down
the system,” he announced.

The PM is urging non-national residents here to advise their relatives back in their native lands that travelling to Antigua and Barbuda, at this time, is being discouraged, temporarily.

“There is no formal ban on travel to the country…but we are appealing for those residents with families members overseas to inform them that we do not want any burdening of the system especially in light of the crisis forced upon us by the pandemic,” he stated.

Browne promised that if and when the country’s economic situation improves and there’s need for additional workers, he will have no difficulty in allowing more people in.

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  1. Clear written decisive policy is called leadership.

    Saying one thing and doing the next is called deceit.

    Trump executive orders on visas and green cards is clear.

    1 No extensions and no work permit policy..

    2 There must be a specific amount of immigrants that must exist the system within a six months period to allow the country to bounce back.

    Stop talking and start putting directives in writing.

  2. Caribbean airlines will be back twice a week full as usual and it will be stamp and go business as usual.

    Nothing will change. All they have to do is call the Minister. He told them that already.

    How many Antiguans have Chet’s number. Why is it that all immigrants have him on speed dial?

  3. No apologies needed. The move is fundamental to the well being of natives and residents. I hope the the narrative is pursued without exception. Great move Chet.

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