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TCI: New Code of Conduct for Immigration Agencies

#Providenciales, August 20, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – The Ministry of Immigration, Citizenship, Labour and Employment Services, under the leadership of Hon. Vaden Delroy Williams, has commenced an initiative to regulate immigration services provided by persons in the Turks and Caicos Islands, through a Code of Conduct.

It is being proposed that under this Code of Conduct, an Agency wishing to offer such services, must register with the Director of Immigration after obtaining a business license in the relevant category, in accordance with the Immigration Ordinance 2018.

Commenting on the imminent introduction of the Code of Conduct, Hon. Williams stated; “There can be no doubt that immigration agencies have played an extremely important role in our country over the years, however the time has come for the Ministry to implement proper guidelines that will dictate the way Agencies interact with the Department. I am satisfied that this new system will of course strengthen and improve the structure and benefit all concerned.”

Director of Immigration, Mr. Derek Been stated; “The Code does not in any way replace the provisions of Section 116 of the Immigration Ordinance 2018, but will rather act as a guide for Registered persons to be placed on the Register held by the Director of Immigration and the expectation is that such persons will adhere to the rules to be introduced.”

More details of the proposed Code of Conduct will be outlined in future statements from the Ministry of Immigration, Citizenship, Labour and Employment Services.

Release: TCIG

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