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Belizean Visas Approved for Eight Haitians

Earlier in the week, we told you about the eight Haitians who were having trouble obtaining Belizean visas for an LGBT Conference slated to take place in the country next week. Tonight we can report that the visa applications for these eight Haitians have been approved.  Immigration Director Diana Locke told Love News that even though the Visa Vetting Committee did not meet yesterday because the quorum was not met, the applications were reviewed and approved. A notification was sent to the Belize Consulate in Haiti last night to prepare the visas in time for the Haitians’ visa appointment with the US Embassy this morning. Locke stressed that the Immigration Department did not receive any application and the Belize Consulate in Haiti falls under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Caleb Orozco of UNIBAM accused the department of trans-phobia, a claim that Locke denied. The Visa Vetting Committee comprises four members, of whom three must be present for a quorum to be met. Members include the CEO in the Ministry of Immigration, Edmund Zuniga, CEO in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Retired Lieutenant Colonel George Lovell, CEO in the Ministry of Human Development, Judith Alpuche and Locke. The CEO in the Ministry of Labor, Kerry Belisle is expected to form part of the committee in the coming weeks.