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Feb 8, 2017

Ministers Had No Sway in Immigration, Claims Cano

The matter of Ministerial influence in writing recommendations for passports, visas and even nationality has been a continued topic of discussion in the Senate’s public hearings. But to a man, or woman, the senior Immigration officers called so far have insisted that they did not treat applicants who had a Minister’s ear any different from those who did not. Senior officer Edgar Cano was today challenged on a statement he made to auditors that handling such applications – ones with the Ministerial stamp of approval – was “normal” for Department staff. He explained that normal in this case meant the mode of treatment, and not the prestige of the persons signing on the dotted line.

 

Eamon Courtenay

Eamon Courtenay, P.U.P. Senator

“All applications with Minister’s requests, whether verbal or by letters were treated as normal. Is that correct and if it is, what did you mean by that?”

 

Edgar Cano, Former Head of Services, Immigration Department

“I mean that we do not bypass the system; everything goes through normal procedures. That is what I mean.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“And therefore you are saying here that a Minister, either orally or verbally, made a request or made a recommendation with regard to a visa, that request was disregarded?”

 

Edgar Cano

Edgar Cano

“Disregarded?”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“Well, I’m asking you what was the purpose of a request of a Minister?”

 

Edgar Cano

“It goes through the system, sir. Same way.”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“I understand that; did you ever have a request from a Minister in regard to a visa application?”

 

Edgar Cano

“Not that I recall right now, but should a Minister bring or send an application with his recommendation, the Services Section accepts applications at the counter. That process – if that comes at any time, that would go to the front desk, the counter clerk, as a normal, an ordinary application.”

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