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11 registered as British citizens

His Excellency the Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert and Registrar General Mrs. Stephanie P. Benn are pictured here with the 11 newest recipients of British Citizenship. Platform personnel and officials from the Civil Registry and Passport Office are also seen. Photo: GIS
The new citizens accepted their certificates and recited the Oath of Allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen and the Pledge of Loyalty to the United Kingdom (UK) at a ceremony held at Government House on Tuesday March 13, 2018. Photo: GIS
The new citizens accepted their certificates and recited the Oath of Allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen and the Pledge of Loyalty to the United Kingdom (UK) at a ceremony held at Government House on Tuesday March 13, 2018. Photo: GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Eleven persons are now British citizens after having been previously naturalised as British Overseas Territories citizens.

The eleven persons registered as British citizens on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 are: Tiayana A. Alexander, McKay D. Andrew, Alfida Maria Cruz David, Vincia E. Fahie, Averille F. A. Gumbs, Kamica N. R. Harris, Jessica King, Chanelly R. N. Paul, Cordell C. Scotland, Bridgelal Teelucksingh and Angela M. Webber

The new citizens accepted their certificates and recited the Oath of Allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen and the Pledge of Loyalty to the United Kingdom (UK) at a ceremony held at Government House on Tuesday March 13, 2018.

His Excellency the Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert, presided over the ceremony, his first since taking office. He congratulated the new citizens on their journey and acknowledged their commitment in taking this decisive step to make the Virgin Islands their home.

The Governor said, “Taking on a new nationality is a matter of great significance for any individual,” adding, “by reaching and obtaining British Citizenship, you have exercised the right to enjoy as a British Overseas Territory Citizen, under the 2002 legislation.”

The Governor congratulated the newest citizens for persevering and highlighted the importance of the new-found freedoms and responsibilities of being British.

He said, “I hope as you exercise your new freedoms for travel and employment, you will never forget that you will be ambassadors for your home base, the British Virgin Islands, where all of you have put down roots; where your contribution to the development of this community has, I am sure, already been substantial; and, where, as we collectively seek to seize the opportunities of the global economy, that contribution will be increasingly valuable.”

The ceremony was chaired by the Registrar General, Mrs Stephanie P. Benn who encouraged the recipients to treat their certificates with special care. Mrs Benn also congratulated and welcomed the newest British citizens on their achievement.

British citizens have the right to live and work in the United Kingdom or any other European Union country. They may also travel to the United States under the visa-waiver programmme for UK citizens.

British citizenship was extended to all British Overseas Territories (BOT) citizens as a result of the British Overseas Territories Act of 2002. Persons naturalised as BOT citizens following the enactment of the Act on May 21, 2002, do not automatically become British citizens but are eligible to register as British citizens.

The extension of British citizenship to British Overseas Territories citizens was part of the UK Government’s 1999 White Paper entitled Partnership for Progress and Prosperity, which outlined the UK’s policy in respect of the overseas territories.

7 Responses to “11 registered as British citizens”

  • Blessed (15/03/2018, 12:31) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    God Bless You all ALWAYS
  • Congrats to all (15/03/2018, 13:20) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    May you help and continue to be productive citizens not only for the certificates received but to recovery and development of the BVI and the allegiance to whom you have pledged also.
  • WOW. Good Governor. (15/03/2018, 16:54) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Someone told me its easier to become naturalize than to become a belonger because the governor responsible for Naturalization and the Premier is responsible for belonger status and the governor dont know us. Where by the politicians know us and depends on if they like or dont like us..
  • huh (15/03/2018, 23:26) Like (0) Dislike (8) Reply
    more ungrateful island people again?
    • Hmmm (16/03/2018, 09:21) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      They've taken the time to go through a difficult process and sworn allegiance to us. They've done things the right way. Ungrateful people don't behave like that.

      Stop hating. People hate expats if they don't want to invest and now you want to hate them because they have?

      I for one and glad to see this. I'd like to see an interview on some of these new Virgin Islanders and how they view the process and what made them chose us.
    • herbalist (16/03/2018, 16:13) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      @huh shut your a$$!!!! It's the island people that helping to restore and build the BVI. Get rid of all the island people and you will see what's left of the BVI. When people like you go to the states you are considered a foreigner. Be wise and stop being ignorant. Idiot!!!!!
    • strupesss (19/03/2018, 20:27) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      First of all.. Tolians are considered island people as well.. and second some of them are tolians chupes because their parents were not born on tola get ur facts str8 idot.


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