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21 registered as British Citizens

His Excellency the Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert and Registrar General Mrs Stephanie R. Benn are pictured here with the 21 newest recipients of British Citizenship. Photo: GIS/Franklyn Skerritt
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Twenty-one persons are now British citizens after having been previously naturalised as British Overseas Territories citizens.

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 June 12. 

His Excellency the Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert, presided over the ceremony, his second for the year.  Eleven persons were previously registered at a similar ceremony in March.

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

“As an overseas Territory and part of the realm of Her Majesty, the Virgin Islands has special links with Great Britain.  Our economic success in the global economy is founded upon the fact that we share a common legal system, but our connections go much further than that, through our history, our people and our culture,”  he said.

Governor Jaspert added, “Today you have reaffirmed your desire to achieve that collective ambition.  I congratulate you all on having preserved with the process and for having demonstrated your allegiance to the United Kingdom, as well as to your home in the Virgin Islands.”

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

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 programme 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.

10 Responses to “21 registered as British Citizens”

  • yrral (14/06/2018, 20:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    They want be able to travel all over,,when they are officially no more part of the European Union,US Virgin Islanders can travel to to US ,and work as if they were not from the Islanders
    • What? (15/06/2018, 13:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Being outside of the EU only changes migration. It just means that you cant live in other european countries like your from there. Dosent mean you cant travel there or that you would need a visa.How many of you will want to live in mainland europe when you guys are unwilling to learn any other languange? English alone will not take you far outside the uk europe-wise
    • What? (16/06/2018, 08:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Being part of eu wont change anything other than living in other european countries as it was your country. How many of you people would live in european countries when they dont speak english or either you people want to know any other languages? It dosent mean u cant visit them just that you would need work permit to live in say france or germany. U wont get far in europe with only english and we can live and work in uk same as you can in usa
  • US Citizen (14/06/2018, 21:23) Like (3) Dislike (11) Reply
    i reside in the 'BVI' and i do resent the governors' and UKs' treatment of me. I don't like the way they play God
    with this stuff. I have no desire to be a UK citizen, but the childish game playing about my right to work in the
    BVI and evasion by Governor Jaspert of critical matters is almost an act of war. The BVI and Uk governments
    like when I spend money to be here but don't even want me to earn money here. Jaspert and the Uk government
    were asked to return the money spent and remedy the problems that went on. They have not. As a US citizen I
    will see to the denial of entrance to US territory of UK and BVI citizens and see how they like being played with.
    I note that people of good character I do know from the Caribbean region are denied entrance by the US, but all
    kinds of scum can come in. I think something drastic should be done. If you don't like my post, fine. But please
    return my life savings to me and I will return to rural US and never go near people again. Jaspert is an asshole
    and so is the UK.
  • Jessica Jones (14/06/2018, 22:22) Like (13) Dislike (11) Reply
    We need to start giving these ppl BVI history test before they can naturalize or even become a British Citizen.
    • Jessica Jones (15/06/2018, 11:48) Like (8) Dislike (10) Reply
      You don't know the BVI history your self. Go and take the lesson's before you can give someone test.
    • yrral (17/06/2018, 16:34) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      A history about crime and corruption,everybody would pass the test
  • hmn (15/06/2018, 06:39) Like (17) Dislike (18) Reply
    @jones...smelling hatred here now. Test for what. When you go to the US TO have your baby, did they give you a US test. Sit down and give me a break.
    • Jessica Jones (15/06/2018, 11:37) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
      @hmm. Like you just get citizenship. Remember we only spend US dollars we are not Americans. You can leave now!
  • ReX FeRal (16/06/2018, 22:11) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    #US citizen go to hell and fix your deformed racist violent country.

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