Hinkson Issues Human Trafficking Warning

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Human trafficking is a crime in Barbados that is punishable with the imposition of a $1 million fine, 25 years in prison, or both. Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson, issued this warning yesterday after a recent raid of Bridgetown bars attracted the attention of the Human Trafficking Unit of the Royal Barbados Police Force and Interpol. And, he has …

Statement From The Minister Of Home Affairs

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Statement by Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson, on a joint operation conducted by the Royal Barbados Police Force and the Barbados Immigration Department on nightclubs in Bridgetown, on Thursday, November 8, 2018, and related events. As a result of several complaints regarding violence and prostitution, a joint Police and Immigration operation was conducted at certain locations in Bridgetown. During …

Immigration Department Closing For Two Days

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The Barbados Immigration Department will be closed on Thursday, October 25, and Friday, October 26.  This is to facilitate the finalization of the relocation process of its offices to the new Princess Alice Corporate Centre headquarters. The Department will resume operations on Monday, October 29, from 8:15 a.m. Any inconvenience this closure may cause is regretted. julia.rawlins-bentham@barbados.gov.bb See also: READ …

Relocation Of Immigration Department Continues

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Members of the public are advised that from this Wednesday, October 10, the Student Visas, Extensions of Stay and Entry Visas sections of the Barbados Immigration Department will relocate to the Princess Alice Corporate Centre headquarters. Persons doing business with these sections are therefore encouraged to visit the department between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., or call the PBX at …

No More Excuses For Immigration Department

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There should be no excuse for the Barbados Immigration Department not processing the applications of Barbadians in a timelier manner. That’s the assertion of Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson, following a tour of the Department’s new headquarters in the Princess Alice Corporate Centre on Monday. He was joined by Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry; Chief Immigration Officer, Wayne …

Airport Kiosks Up & Running Under Pilot Project

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The 16 kiosks at the Grantley Adams International Airport are operational, and travellers have been encouraged to use them. Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson, called on persons to use the kiosks on arriving in Barbados, in an effort to fast track the process before they see an Immigration Officer. He extended this invitation after touring the new headquarters of …

Barbados Switches To E-Passports

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Persons applying for Barbados passports for the first time, or those seeking to renew them, will now be issued with an e-passport. This comes as the Barbados Immigration Department commences the phasing out of the machine-readable passport for the e-passport, following a recommendation by the International Civil Aviation Authority as the new standard to be adopted for travel document issuance. …

More Sections Of Immigration Department Relocate

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The CARICOM, Special Entry Permits and Immigration Status/Permanent Residence sections of the Barbados Immigration Department have relocated to the Department’s new headquarters at the Princess Alice Corporate Centre, Princess Alice Highway. Persons doing business with these sections are encouraged to visit the Princess Alice Corporate Centre, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., or may call the Department via the PBX …

78 Officially Become Barbadian Citizens

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Barbados is now officially home to 78 persons who said goodbye to their native lands and came to the island in search of a home, job and better life. Chief Immigration Officer, Wayne Marshall, welcomed the island’s newest citizens during a Citizenship Induction ceremony at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre yesterday. The ceremony was also attended and addressed by Permanent …

Customer Service Upgrade For Immigration Dept

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Less bureaucracy, more rapid responses, reduced levels of paperwork, less queuing and significantly enhanced levels of service. These are just some of the improvements the Barbados Immigration Department is promising as it continues a systematic overhaul of its objectives and operations in order to offer “the best citizen-centred service possible”. Permanent Secretary in the Division of Defence and Security, Timothy …