SUCCESFUL INTERCEPTION OF AN ILLEGAL MIGRANT VESSEL

 

MINISTRY OF IMMIGRATION, CITIZENSHIP, LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT

GRAND TURK

TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS

WEST INDIES

TEL: 649-338 2921                                                                           

FAX: 649-946-2924

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PRESS RELEASE

 

SUCCESFUL INTERCEPTION of an illegal migrant vessel

 

Cockburn Town, Grand Turk; The Ministry of Immigration, Citizenship, Labour and Employment Services’ Immigration Department is pleased to announce the successful interception of an illegal migrant vessel in bound for the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI).  On Sunday, 17 January 2021, at approximated 10:41 pm, the Immigration Department responded to a call from 911 informing that the Police Marine Division had intercepted a migrant vessel in Turks and Caicos Islands waters.

 

The vessel was tugged to South Dock, Providenciales, by the Police Marine Branch and persons were handed over to the Immigration Department Enforcement Unit and Environmental Health official for immediate assessment.

 

A total of twenty-three (23) illegal migrants were intercepted, which included fifteen (15) males and eight (8) females, all of which were Haitian nationals. 

 

All detainees will be repatriated shortly after all processes are completed.

 

Similarly, on Friday, 15 January 2021, there was a rescue operation to save the lives of one hundred and fifty-nine (159) illegal migrants onboard a damaged vessel off the coast of Providenciales. A joint operation spearheaded by the RT&C Police Force, DECR and private citizens rescued all the illegal migrant which include one hundred and thirty-nine (139) males and twenty-four (24) females. The illegal migrants were subsequently processes and repatriated on Saturday, 16th January 2021 and Sunday, 17th January 2021.

 

In commenting on this successful interception, Hon Vaden Delroy Williams said; “This vessel is the second interception within three (3) days, which is very alarming. We are very thankful for all organizations involved in the two interception. Travelling here illegally is a wasted time, as our border protection team is very strong and you will be caught and you will be sent back to your home land.  Do not risk all you have to travel here.”

 

The public is reminded to continue to provide tips or any information related to this or any other illegal landing. We encourage the public to submit information or tips anonymously in English, French or Spanish to www.crimestoppers.tc or on Facebook as a fan of Crime Stoppers Turks & Caicos. Kindly note that Crime Stoppers tips are received in the USA.

 

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SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION 2021

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION 2021

 

The Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture, Social &  Library Services would like to submit to the general public the current changes to the Scholarship Application process 2021 as a result of the challenges posed by the global COVID-19 situation.

 

Applications are now be inviting from the general public. The deadline for scholarships receipt is April 30th 2021.

 

FILLABLE APPLICATIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE ON THE EDUCATION WEBSITE AT:  https://www.gov.tc/education/scholarship  all applications  from this point forward should be submitted with all the requirements via PDF or JPEG format to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  The Secretariat Unit will vet your application and inform of any missing information to be submitted to the unit and you will be electronically submitted a receipt. (PLEASE SUBMIT ALL OF THE REQUIREMENTS IN ONE EMAIL TO ELIMINATE NUMEROUS SUBMISSIONS AS MUST AS POSSIBLE.)

 

The Ministry of Education would like to remind applicants that in order to permit the Education Advisory Committee to make an informed decision, all the required information as specified in the explanatory notes must accompany each application. For example, this application season the Ministry noticed a large number of applicants did not submit the following required information: -

  • Acceptance letters from institutions applied to showing the duration of studies with BOTH; commencement and completion dates. In many cases only commencement was given.
  • Submission of tuition and accommodation invoices from institutions or proof of those tuition and accommodation invoices fees from school Registrar Office.

Students who may not have been successful in receiving a scholarship last academic year are encouraged to reapply for academic year 2021/22 now.

 

The Ministry of Education wishes to encourage all Turks and Caicos Islanders to further their education and enroll into Tertiary studies. As part of this mandate, the Turks and Caicos Islands Government in recent years attained full membership to the University of the West Indies. This therefore enables Turks and Caicos Islanders who are not beneficiaries of a scholarship to be able to attend any of the University of the West Indies four campuses in Jamaica, Barbados or Trinidad & Tobago and Antigua and pay a reduced tuition fee. The UWI Open Campus also provides an opportunity for students to pursue tertiary education while remaining in the country through online courses of study. For courses that are offered at the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College (TCICC), at any level, applicants will be referred to the TCICC.

 

 

N.B.

SUBMISSION OF INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS

 

Please note as of January 2018  applications will ONLY be accepted once  ALL of the above requirements are attached to your applications to be presented to the Education Advisory Committee.

 

Submission of all required information is due by April 30th 2021 of a given year. The ONLY exception to this rule will  be for persons not receiving the necessary information from their institution at the time of submission of their  incomplete application by June 30th  2021 which are as follows:-

 

  • Acceptance Letter
  • Transcripts
  • Examination results
  • Proof from institution of tuition costing
  • Proof of accommodation costing from institution if on campus OR signed lease agreement if off campus
  • Proof of duration of studies from institution; commencement AND completion date of studies

 

Please note for  international applicants deadline for presenting of ALL of the requirements is June 30th 2021 and for local applicants deadline for presenting of ALL requirements is August 16th 2021  as listed in this form MUST be presented to the Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture, Social and Library Services. IF your application does not have the requirements to be presented to the Education Advisory Committee your application will be returned.

 

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“Temporary Closure of Revenue Department, Exchange of Information and Budget office Wilma House Grand Turk”

PUBLIC NOTICE

 

“Temporary Closure of Revenue Department, Exchange of Information and Budget office Wilma House Grand Turk”

 

The Public is hereby notified that the following Offices: Revenue Department, Exchange of Information and Budget located at Wilma House Grand Turk will be temporarily closed on Monday, January 18th as a staff member from the Revenue Department has been tested positive for COVID-19.

 

In accordance with established Public Service guidelines and efforts to ensure the safety of personnel and prevent the spread of the virus a deep cleaning of the office space will be conducted.

 

The Revenue Department, Exchange of Information and Budget is expected to resume normal operation on Tuesday, January 19th 2021 at 9:00 am. 

 

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and extend our gratitude for your patience and understanding at this time.

 

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DECR South Caicos Office temporarily relocated

BEGINS

 

NOTICE

 

DECR South Caicos Office temporarily relocated

 

The Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) would like to advise the general public that the South Caicos office has been temporarily relocated until further notice, due to maintenance.  Applicants wanting to apply for/renew licenses are asked to please see a DECR Officer, temporarily based at the Denise Saunders Building, Cockburn Harbour, Monday to Friday.

 

Should you have any other queries, please contact the Department via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

The DECR thanks the public for its understanding.

 

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