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26 more receive VI Certificates of Naturalisation

November 11th, 2020 | Tags:
The 26 newly naturalised British Overseas Territories Citizens posed for a photo with His Excellency the Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert; Deputy Premier and Minister of Education, Culture Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture Dr. the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley; Registrar General Mrs. Stephanie Benn and Reverend David Stedman. Photo: GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - A second set of twenty-six new British Overseas Territories Citizens (BOTC) received Certificates of Naturalisation at a ceremony held on November 6, 2020.

The new citizens recited the Oath of Allegiance and the Pledge of Loyalty during a ceremony officiated by Registrar General Mrs. Stephanie Benn at Government House.

His Excellency the Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert said it was his “great pleasure” to participate in the ceremony.

 “You are a group of people who I am delighted to count as fellow citizens,” he said, adding, “All of you have already demonstrated your commitment to the Territory. I would urge you all not to lose sight of that commitment not only to your families but to the entire Territory and wider community.”

Governor Jaspert reminded those present that this new status entitles them to carry a Virgin Islands Passport and to apply for British Passports.

Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie was unable to attend the ceremony but sent his regards to the new citizens via Deputy Premier and Minister of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs Fisheries and Agriculture Dr. the Honourable Natalio Wheatley.

Honourable Wheatley welcomed the new citizens to the British Overseas Territory family and reminded them that their diverse backgrounds mean they are well placed to promote harmony within the Territory.

“I would urge you to be on the forefront of the fight against dis-unity; the fight against hatred; the fight against xenophobia,” Honourable Wheatley stated. He added, “Despite all our differences, we are all united in love for this Territory and seeking to make it a better place for all of us.”

The day’s ceremony was the second of three planned ceremonies organised to allow for safe physical distancing.

5 Responses to “26 more receive VI Certificates of Naturalisation”

  • time (11/11/2020, 19:04) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    It's about time the new regular takes place. Glad to know that these persons have been given their rightful document which may have been over due. However I think the new regular should include media publicity of all the names and current photo next to their names. Time to review how this is done it's not enough to just post a photo after the fact.
    • Smh time (13/11/2020, 08:54) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      That’s just plain nosey. The entire world don’t need to see who these people are. Their citizenship has nothing to do with the general public. This is why the BVI is behind. PEOPLE just love to mind others business. What value does knowing who they are add to your life? SICK!!
  • Congratulations (11/11/2020, 19:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    CONGRATULATIONS to all of you. You may have waited a long time but I'm certain it's a good feeling.
  • Peaches (11/11/2020, 21:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don't understand. Why couldn't they briefly remove the mask just to take the picture. What harm can be done? they wouldn't have been speaking to anyone, just take a pic. It is just total madness that people are being overcome with fear and act ignorantly.
  • ReX FeRal (13/11/2020, 05:43) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Who are these people?“I would urge you to be on the forefront of the fight against dis-unity; the fight against hatred; the fight against xenophobia,” Honourable Wheatley stated. It's not in them. They do not like this country or its culture or its people. Just wants to stop paying immigration and labour fees. Bitch now.



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