SINCE the registration of 16,523 Venezuelans who applied for registration to work and live in Trinidad and Tobago, only 5,148 have so far been verified for ministerial approval.
That is just over 31 percent.
And 112 have been refused registration because of criminal records such as robbery, drug trafficking and homicide.
This was revealed by acting Prime Minister Colm Imbert on Friday in response to a question to the PM from Couva South MP Rudy Indarsingh.
Imbert said 3,091 migrant registration cards have already been processed and printed for collection by individuals who are to be notified.
Indarsingh asked if the migrants who had criminal records were still in Trinidad and Tobago or had been sent back Venezuela, but Imbert referred that question to the Minster of National Security.
The registration period ran from May 31 to June 14 and migrants, who have been processed and approved, may remain for an initial period of six months after which they will be assessed again for permission to stay a further six months.