Immigrant residents in Antigua & Barbuda who fail to regularize they stay on or before the expiry date in the country will have to pay a late fee penalty come June month end.
The exact sum of the fee has still not yet been determined however Chief Immigration Officer Annette Mark said that it is a practice adopted by other OECS countries.
She said that the decision was made to keep residents in line with their residence status and added that it will become a standard fee for all late payments.
Mark further noted that persons should not deter from visiting the Immigration Department due to the penalty fee in the event that they fail to update their status before the expiration date.
The fee will not be unreasonable, the Chief Immigration Officer noted.