Public Notice: No Extensions to BOTC Turks and Caicos Islands Passports

Public Notice

 

No Extensions to BOTC Turks and Caicos Islands Passports

 

The Department of Registration and Citizenship in the Ministry of Border Control and Employment hereby advises the general public that, effective immediately, there will be no extensions made to BOTC Turks and Caicos Islands passports to alter the date of expiration of passport books. 

 

The public is further advised that the issuance of an emergency (limited validity) passport is done so only on the basis of a medical emergency which necessitates travel out of the country and for some government official travel. An application for renewal of, or issuance of, a full validity passport will be required prior to the issuance of the limited validity passport book. The required documents and fees for the issuance of the limited validity passport is the same as that for a full validity passport. 

 

All holders of BOTC Turks and Caicos Islands passports and/or British Citizen passports are encouraged to ensure that at least six months validity remains on their passport books, and those with a remaining validity period under six months are encouraged to commence the renewal process to ensure that they are not without a valid travel document.

 

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From the Department of Registration and Citizenship in the Ministry of Border Control and Employment

Public Notice

 

The Department of Registration and Citizenship in the Ministry of Border Control and Employment hereby reminds the general public that all applications for the TCI Status Cards that are  supported by foreign government issued and other official documents must be notarized by the Notary Public of the permanent residence jurisdiction (the issuing country) and verified by an apostille, confirming that the undersigned is a member of the Notary Public in that jurisdiction. The public is further advised that the department will not be accepting affidavits in lieu of birth certificates or other supporting documents.

 

To assist in the advancement of applications, and to minimize delays, persons are advised to avail themselves of the TCI Status Ordinance which came into effect on April 1st 2016, prior to submission of applications, in order to confirm their eligibility to hold Turks and Caicos Islander status. For further assistance please call our customer service centers on 338-2983 or 338-4121.

 

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FINAL WORK PERMITS TO BE UPHELD

The Department of Employment Services in the Ministry of Border Control and Employment hereby advises the general public that persons in receipt of work permits with the "Final Work Permit" notation on same will not be eligible for consideration for renewal of their work permits, as was done in the past.

 

This measure is a part of the Ministry of Border Control and Employment's ongoing efforts to regularize migrant employment in the Turks and Caicos Islands. While it is not a new policy directive, it is one that was largely not enforced over the years. This renewed focus will ensure that persons on final work permits are transitioned out of the roles that are being understudied by, or otherwise attainable by, Turks and Caicos Islanders. This will also provide the Ministry with a greater measure of control over the ability of migrants to acquire eligibility for other residency and citizenship status. 

 

The Department hereby further advises employers that there will be increased inspections of establishments throughout the country to ensure that all employment activities are in keeping with the Immigration and Employment laws, and further to ensure that employers are actively engaged in the recruitment, training, and promotion of Turks and Caicos Islanders who are qualified to hold positions that are currently filled by migrant workers.

 

Persons are encouraged to report any known or suspected activities of unlawful employment to the Employment Services Department or to the Immigration Department by calling (649) 232-3018.

 

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