Bank not responsible for delays in loan disbursements for cruise ship employment – SLDB

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Bank not responsible for delays in loan disbursements for cruise ship employment – SLDB


The Saint Lucia Development Bank (SLDB) has responded to a St. Lucia News Online (SNO) report about the slow pace of loan disbursements for cruise ship employment, assuring that students will be provided with loans in due time.

In a statement, the bank said it is not responsible for any “perceived delay in disbursements to students.”

“To date, the bank has interviewed several students who succeeded the training programme and have been selected for employment by the cruise lines. Those students who meet the programs lending criteria would be provided with loans upon the bank’s receipt of funds expected shortly from the government,” Manager of Business Development and Marketing/Corporate Secretary, Philbert Francis, said.

However, a number of students have expressed concern over the process to acquire a loan through the bank and is worried that they might have to forfeit their employment with a cruise ship in Miami.

The successful candidates are required to get a United States visa from Barbados and travel to Miami, Florida before November 29 to commence work.

Candidates are worried that their loans may not be granted fast enough, since they are not the only ones on the long list of people who have completed the training and have applied for loans.

Members of Parliament on Tuesday, August 12, approved funding for the cruise sector training and employment initiative. The loan was secured from the National Insurance Corporation (NIC), which is being administered by the SLDB.

Last year, 229 Saint Lucians were offered jobs in the cruise ship sector. This year, over 260 trained and qualified young people gained employment.

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  1. I KNOW ITS NOT THE BARBADIAN GIVING THE VISA...AND ITS AMERICANS....I WAS JUST SHOWING JOE ....THAT AS LONG AS YOU GET THE JOB ....YOU WILL GET THE VISA

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  2. All of you'll know what Ann mean so stop calling her uneducated help her instead she only trying to survive

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  3. Ann, don't you know that Barbadians don't issue a visa.
    Visas are obtained from the American embassy located in Barbados. Anne, get it right, it is the Americans who determine who should and should not get their Visa.

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    • Ms Blunt,
      I dont think Ann did not know that the visas was not issued by barbadians. I think she is fully aware of that.

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  4. At this time, of the 260 successful students only two have been refused visas and what appeared to be valid concerns were provided.

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  5. I am not sure how this works can someone please explain the visa part does st Lucia or the cruise ships have and agreement with the US

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  6. get information correct....when you have the interview and you have succeeded ...you get a letter from the cruise ship and then the barbadians gives you ....the visa...so get educated.....

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  7. My question, is the American visa a sure thing? I know it's hard for Lucians to acquire visa now. If not why take a loan and you can't pay it. AA kenny!!!!!

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