Two Year For Trinidad Staying
Comments: I'm a Canadian, engaged to a Trini gentleman, and I have been granted an extension of stay for 6 months. I came to Trinidad in August under the assurance that I could stay here as a visitor for 1 year - both the T&T Immigration website ( Source 6 ) and a phone call to the main office in POS confirmed this info.
The website clearly states that if you do NOT hold any permits, and are here as a visitor, you "may be granted an Extension of Stay to a maximum of one (1) year from the date of entry into Trinidad and Tobago, subject to the approval of the Chief Immigration Officer." If you hold a permit, you may be granted over a year.
We plan to wed in June next year, and then I will be applying for residency. Now, after being granted my extension 6 month, I was told by the immigration officer that I have to leave in February, and they have never heard of any visitors staying for a year!
After 3 weeks of getting nowhere on the phone to the immigration department (I swear that nobody answers their phones there!), I went to speak with the supervisor of the immigration officers and asked him how I can stay a full year. His answer was that I couldn't. He contradicted the website info when I showed him the printout, and wasn't even interested in helping me out.
When I asked if there was anyone else I could talk to so I can find out more info, he told me "I don't know!" I asked him if I had to leave Trinidad, how soon can I return? Again, "I don't know!" I asked him if there was anyone I can see to discuss this apparent major error on the website and again, he said "I don't know!" Finally I asked him who the Chief Immigration Officer is, and how I could contact his office directly... You guessed it, his response was "I don't know!"
So, does anyone know who I can turn to for some answers, since even the Immigration Office contradicts itself?