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Feb 8, 2017

Candelaria Saldivar says Immigration Officers Were Responsible for Checks

Candelaria Saldivar-Morter

All the senior officers who have visited the Senate Special Select Committee complained that there was little to guide them other than their own judgment, and in some cases, the wishes of the Ministers of Government and their hangers-on. But Saldivar-Morter today contended that the standard manuals for each section of the Department – minus a few changes – are extant and in any event, the officers are responsible for their own management.


Candelaria Saldivar-Morter, Former C.E.O., Ministry of Immigration

“There were a lot of incomplete files, and it was based on that that we had to put certain policies in place in terms of getting the files complete. We went through an exercise where we tried to reach people to ask them to bring in these documents because they were not on file; not to say they weren’t submitted, but it was not in the files. So there were incomplete files; but the Department had to go through a stage where we had to try and complete some of the files that already existed; but at the end of the day when it goes for approval, it should be that the file is complete. I know, in terms of the nationality files when they used to reach my Minister, I know that he had his secretary checking the documents – not the correctness of the document, but that the document that was supposed to be there is there, otherwise they were sent back as incomplete. But you have to check as the approving officer that it is completed. That is why there are requirements, and everybody knew what the requirements were. Everybody knew what the requirements were; it’s just a matter of ensuring that the procedures and the policies are adhered to.”

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