To be the Premier Immigration Division in the Caribbean and to be a leader in Public Service Reform.
To promote National Security by effectively monitoring the movement of persons into, within and out of the country and to provide an efficient and effective passport service.
The functions of the Immigration Division are governed by the Immigration Act and Regulations which make provisions for the admission of persons, refusal of entry, grant of resident status, process of deportation and conducting Special Inquiries and the grant of clearance to vessels and crew entering and departing the country.
The CARICOM Single Market and Economy(CSME) came into being in 2006. Twelve member states of CARICOM committed to the Free Movement of People.
The Minister with responsibility for Immigration may issue a Minister’s Permit to anyone he sees fit either to enter Trinidad and Tobago or being therein to remain for a period of time as specified in the Permit.
From 1954, the Immigration Division became a Civilian Department within the Government Service.
Persons 16 years and over, coming for tertiary education (with the exception of the University of the West Indies, for which a Student Pemit is not required), technical training, religious studies or English as a Second Language (ESL) or GCE/CXC o’ Level/A’ Level classes (CARICOM Citizens only) at private institutions.
Every person (including minors) seeking admission at a port of entry in Trinidad and Tobago must be in possession of a valid travel document/passport.
CARICOM except Haiti (Holders of Diplomatic, Official or Service Passports from Haiti do not require visas).