TRANSITIONAL PROCESSING OF TCI PASSPORT APPLICATIONS

Notice is hereby given that effective Tuesday 9th June, 2015 there will be a temporary suspension in the receipt of applications for the issuance of a new Turks and Caicos Islands passport. 

Persons who need to travel urgently, and whose passports are near expiration, that is still valid for up to five months, will be required to apply for an extension to their existing passports in the normal way. Expired passports will not be extended.   

Individuals whose applications are currently being processed and who were contacted to submit additional supporting documents in order to complete their passport application, are required to deliver the documents to the One Stop Shop / Customer Service Unit in Grand Turk and Providenciales by Friday, 12th June, 2015. 

Failure to meet this deadline will require re-submission of the application using the new form under the new process that is to commence shortly. 

Persons, who are holders of a passport that will remain valid for 9 months, or more, are required to submit an application for renewal using the new application form when the new process begins. 

The Passport Office will no longer be accepting fees for expediting applications.

Receipt of new passport applications, using the new forms will commence on Monday, June 29, 2015.  Forms will be available at the One Stop Shop at all locations, online at www.gov.tc as well as at the Immigration Department on the islands of North, Middle and South Caicos and the District Commissioner’s Office in Salt Cay.  

Passport Office

Ministry Border Control and Employment

Deputy Premier Returns From Caribbean 2030 Conference In UK

Deputy Premier and Minister of Education, Youth, Sport & Libraries, Hon. Akierra Missick recently returned from the United Kingdom after attending a conference in London, England, 1-3 June 2015.

The Wilton Park’s meeting, which was centered around the theme ‘Caribbean 2030: New Thinking For A New Generation’ was designed to tap into the thinking of future Caribbean leaders. 

The agenda for the three-day meeting included presentations and group discussions on drivers for change and new thinking, the key challenges and opportunities for the Caribbean and managing risks and improving resilience.

Hon. Missick stated; “Receiving the invitation to speak at Wilton Park was an honour. I presented on the improvement of education standards in the Caribbean, which focused on continuous teacher development and support, parental involvement in learning and developing an adaptive curriculum approach to learning. 

“Discussions were very rewarding, delegates were not always in agreement but solutions always remained the common goal. 

“In the end the TCI was applauded for our approach to good governance and policy development, namely the developments and strengthening of institutions such as the Human Rights Commission, Complaints Commission, Integrity Commission and Public Financial Management Ordinance.”

Wilton Park is considered one of the world’s leading institutions for in-depth discussion of international policy issues and challenges.

GOVERNOR’S CUP GOLF TOURNAMENT HELD ON GRAND TURK

Sixteen Turks and Caicos Islanders, residents and visitors took part in the Governor’s Cup golf competition at Waterloo Golf Club, Grand Turk today, Saturday, 6 June 2015. 

In an ironic twist, Governor Peter Beckingham, a keen golfer, whose office supported the event, won the men’s competition. Sharon Simons won the women’s event and one of the closest to the hole competitions, with Simon Baker winning the other. 

“We had a terrific day’s competition,” said Club Treasurer Estelle Watts. “Today’s competition raised around $160, which will help the club towards its ultimate aim of restoring the course and clubhouse to its former glory.” 

Unfortunately, the clubhouse and course were badly damaged by hurricane and fire several years ago, and while the club has continued, its small size and limited resources has made refurbishment a slow process.

In a further move to try and bring forward the necessary improvements, the Club is planning to try and market the course to the thousands of visiting cruise ship passengers and tourists.  

The club has also opened a temporary reception at the security kiosk at the Governor’s official residence which sits on the course.  Anyone wishing to play can approach the guard and borrow a bag and clubs for a minimum donation of $10 a round. All monies raised will go into the maintenance and refurbishment of the course.

The small nine hole course was designed and built by former Governor, John Kelly, and Waterloo Golf Club was formed in 1997.

Full results:

Men

1. Governor Peter Beckingham

2. Larry Coalbrooke

3. Tom Saunders

Closest to the hole – Simon Baker

Women

1. Sharon Simons (won closest to the hole also)

2. Florence Bennett

3. Danzella Jennings