The importance of documentation
Every person, regardless of age, must be documented. Asylum-seekers and refugees will receive a UNHCR document when they open their claim for asylum. When you complete your registration interview with UNHCR you will receive a UNHCR card. The UNHCR card indicates to local authorities that you are an asylum-seeker or refugee, and should not be forcibly returned to your country of origin.
The UNHCR ID Card is used for the purpose of documenting refugees and asylum seekers under UNHCR mandate. It does not replace official documentation issued by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and/or Immigration Division such as work permits for which you will need to follow the established processes under the national law.
You must ensure that your UNHCR identification document is valid and that you carry it with you at ALL times.
Forgery of Documents
Forged documents can negatively impact you asylum claim. Ensure that all identification and supporting evidence you provide are verifiable.
Forgery of documents will be reported to the authorities. If you are offered fraudulent UNHCR documentation, report the situation to UNHCR at [email protected] as soon as possible.
Renewal of UNHCR documents
If you need to renew your UNHCR Card, you can visit the UNHCR Registration Centre from Monday to Friday between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.
What to do if you have a UNHCR certificate (paper document) and remain to be registered?
You can also visit the UNHCR Registration Centre from Monday to Thursday between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.
How to renew your UNHCR card (expired, lost or stolen cards)?
If your UNHCR document has expired or has been lost, robbed, deteriorated, confiscated or destroyed, you can visit the UNHCR Registration Centre from Monday to Friday between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.