To tackle human trafficking and fake immigration stamps in passports of foreigners, Guyana has decided to introduce e-visas (Electronic Visas) and work visa system. This will constitute a component of its execution and commencement of a new policy and system of visa issuance.
The Guyana’s Ministry of Presidency’s Department of Citizenship and Immigration said the country on the northern coast of South America has received help from the EU (European Union) and the IOM (International Organisation for Migration) to implement work visa system and e-visas.
Winston Felix, the Caribbean nation’s Minister of Citizenship, on 8 March has reportedly received the Policy Recommendations and Guidelines for the implementation of both, which will help to kick-start and develop Guyana’s up-to-date visa issuance policy and system.
Jernej Videtic, the Guyanese Ambassador to the EU, was quoted by the Demerara Waves as saying that though the world was changing, their country’s migration policy remained unchanged. Steps were being taken to tackle illegal migration, human trafficking and crime across borders, he added.
Saying that the Guyanese government was happy to collaborate with the IOM and the EU to rectify the immigration system of Guyana, Felix said that this agreement will ensure that in the future individuals entering its shores are screened in a proper manner, scrutinised well and the policy would be implemented for the traveller and the airline as well.
Saying that it was just the beginning, he said that more measures will be initiated to make sure that Guyana has a visa issuance and immigration system, which is advanced and sustainable.
According to Videtic, the recommendations contained in the report would benefit Guyana once they are implemented. The system would make tourism more appealing and offer enough transparency for overseas investment and create a genuine requirement to hire foreign workers.
Dominic Gaskin, Minister of Business, said that their ministry was looking to partner with the Department of Citizenship and others to go through the recommendations of the report in a bid to standardise Guyana’s visa issuance system.
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