The Trinidad and Tobago Consulate General in Toronto is now delivering Machine Readable Passports to nationals within three to four weeks from the initial date of application. This is down from three months a year ago.
This was stated by Consul General Dr Vidya Gyan Tota-Maharaj at a presentation ceremony of new passports to nationals held at the Consulate General.
The Consul General told those gathered that since the beginning of 2012, the Immigration Department in Trinidad had processed over 600 new passports for applicants from the Consulate and her staff was now working on further reducing the time factor in the overall delivery process; currently it takes about two to three weeks to get an appointment with the newly acquired computerized system and the Immigration Staff has approximately 30 appointments daily. The Consul General’s goal is to have appointments scheduled with one week and delivery of the passport to the applicant within two to three weeks.
Dr Tota-Maharaj also announced the commencement of an outreach program through which the Consulate will connect with nationals across Canada to assist those residing out of Ontario with their applications for the new Machine Readable Passports.
The Consulate’s Immigration Team will begin phase one of this program on Thursday March 22 and Friday March 23 in Edmonton and on Monday March 26 and Tuesday March 27 in Calgary.
The outreach program will continue on May 28 and 29 with the team heading to Winnipeg, followed by Vancouver in July, Montreal and Ottawa in September and New Brunswick in November.