Trinidad and Tobago’s acting Prime Minister Colm Imbert says 3,091 Venezuelans have so far received approval to work for one year in the twin-island republic, based on the amnesty implemented by the government.

Imbert, who made the disclosure in Parliament on Friday, was quoted by the Jamaica Observer as saying, that the just over 3,000 permits come from the 16,523 applications from Venezuelans for registration cards to legally work in the country

In response to questions, Imbert said the entire system takes time as cards are processed on verification of identity and background checks conducted by the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL).

He also revealed that over 100 of the Venezuelans were found to have criminal records

Imbert also said he could not say whether those individuals were in Trinidad and Tobago or repatriated to Venezuela.

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