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‘Existing applicants get auto entry in fast track initiative’ – Premier Fahie

- said previous attempt failed because of lack of political will & information
Existing applications for residency and belongership status in the Virgin Islands (VI) will automatically be considered as part of the new Virgin Islands Party (VIP) administration ‘fast track initiative’ announced by Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1). Photo: GIS
Mr Fahie also noted that the Immigration Department will go through a period of training and new temporarily recruitment to handle the forecasted increase workload projected to come from the initiative. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Fahie also noted that the Immigration Department will go through a period of training and new temporarily recruitment to handle the forecasted increase workload projected to come from the initiative. Photo: VINO/File
WICKHAM'S CAY II, Tortola, VI – Existing applications for residency and belongership status in the Virgin Islands (VI) will automatically be considered as part of the new Virgin Islands Party (VIP) administration ‘fast track initiative’ announced by Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1).

This announcement was made when the initiative was detailed yesterday, May 7, 2019, by the Premier, who noted that while the government programme is not a new one, it was planned and better researched for its implementation under the VIP administration.

Automatic Entry

“There are applications that are already in so they will be part of the fast track programme, those both in the residence [and] who will be seeking belongers. So those will be part of the fast track programme,” Hon Fahie told those gathered in the BVI Arbitration Centre on Wickham’s Cay II, Tortola.

While reiterating the May 13, 2019, and May 31, 2019, opening and closing deadlines respectively, Premier Fahie also said that the two weeks period is essentially a ‘grace period’ and that eligible persons ought to make efforts to take advantage of the opportunity.

“There’s a time in life when grace and mercy speaks, and this is one of these times, this is a grace period second to none, it’s an initiative that is not infinite,” he implored.

Further, Mr Fahie noted that the Immigration Department will go through a period of training and new temporarily recruitment to handle the forecasted increase workload projected to come from the initiative.

Initiative failed before

While answering questions from the press, the Premier revealed that the initiative had failed in the past and that new policies were implemented to ensure that the programme will be successful under the VIP government. 

“What has caused it to fail is the lack of a policy that was, in my humble opinion, was [not] well researched, and involved all the persons,” he said.

“You have to involve people with decision making, so we also going to have some public meeting to go about how do we get the final policy to make sure that we don’t have this kind of backlog again,” he told the press.

“So, those are from our research what would have made it fail, also the political will to make sure that we get these thing done also was lacking,” Mr Fahie said in relation to the previous National Democratic Party (NDP) administration. 

Premier Fahie reiterated that the VIP is an unconventional administration, and they haven’t changed although, “we have been silent listening to some of the chatter.”

“We are still an unconventional government who are going to do some uncommon things, commonly well,” he said.

16 Responses to “‘Existing applicants get auto entry in fast track initiative’ – Premier Fahie ”

  • BIG SPENDER (08/05/2019, 17:55) Like (11) Dislike (23) Reply
    Give each one an acre of land and a million dollars. BVIslanders don't and won't need anything they have too much already.
    • Thanks Mr Premier.. (08/05/2019, 19:15) Like (32) Dislike (3) Reply
      40 yrs here working everyday. No Criminal record. But because someone in the office don't like me. I can't get my belongers. I had give up on it... Thanks Mr Premier for bringing hope back..
      • Darn it (09/05/2019, 07:39) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
        And that is the problem in all of the government departments. Applications get lost, no replies and then case closed just because someone in an office somewhere is acting out judge and jury on people’s lives without the authority to do so. If this government can stop that then the BVI will go far.
    • @BIG SPENDER (08/05/2019, 22:12) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Glad you feel this way. Much love!!
  • Not good (08/05/2019, 17:55) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    What stupidness and irresponsible language
    • Implement Periodic Work Permits (08/05/2019, 21:50) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply

      With this said... it is now time to implement ‘Periodic Work Permits’ policies like our Caribbean neighbors to safeguard the citizens of the territory. It would be completely irresponsible to.

      Bermuda Policies...

      Periodic Work Permits
      Purpose and Specifications
      A Periodic Work Permit is to be used by employers seeking to hire non-resident individuals who will make multiple visits to the Island over a period of time, staying no greater than thirty (30) days for each visit. Advertising is not required.

      Periodic Work Permits may be granted for periods of one (1), two (2), three (3), four (4) or five (5) years.
      After arrival, if the holder of a Periodic Work Permit requires a stay longer than thirty (30) days, the employer may apply for an extension of up to a further thirty (30) days by submitting a Visitor Extension Application. The Periodic Work Permit holder shall not be in Bermuda for more than a total of one hundred and eighty (180) days per calendar year.
  • great (08/05/2019, 19:12) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hope you can find all those existing application.. I've heard of cases where applications go missing.. Take no excuses. Let no one undermine your effort.. .
  • 1 (08/05/2019, 19:56) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    We love the vip and foy
  • Charley Rose (08/05/2019, 22:53) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is the best Premier we ever had in the territory. He makes things look simple. I love the manner in which he speaks with authority and conviction unlike the previous premier. He has nothing to hide and God is on his side. This is the type of leader we need.

    I pray that God will grant him long life so that he will move the country forward. I want him to represent the people and empower them to take control of this country.
  • credit (09/05/2019, 00:55) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    This does seem to be another very decisive and forward-thinking policy by this new government. Like he says, these are not opportunists with no ties or allegiance to BVI but people who have peacefully chosen to add value to our community, bringing skills where there were not sufficient initially and many of them creating more jobs and opportunities by their being here. There will not be some great influx of people or undesirables a# long as the proper checks are made. Managing this itself is also more likely to negate any reason for the U.K. to have to trouble itself getting involved in BVI’s own management- something both the U.K. and BVI have had more of recently than is desirable.
    All of our services here, utilities, local businesses and airlift and infrastructure actually need better numbers to make them affordable and viable. We desperately need better schools, more choice and more people paying for them.
    Well done for these initiatives and let’s focus on some great points raised in the announcement, we are far stronger when we ignore the politics of division, embrace the fact we are all here for a common purpose and the betterment of the BVI and work, pray, celebrate, debate and dance together.
  • watcher (09/05/2019, 06:37) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Now we see the truth that is was the vip who loved the Caribbean people

    The ndp is a fraud. Long live uncle Fahie
  • my 2 cents (09/05/2019, 09:38) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Don’t let them distract the VIP with mark bull crap and a body guard VIP WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE AND WILL BE THERE FOR 12 years
  • Land Next! (09/05/2019, 10:44) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great! Now tackle the land applications next!!
  • Challenger (09/05/2019, 16:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    so yes i agree ..hats off to the VIP. but i personally believe that they should have cleared the backlog first and then set clear policy going forward for new aplicants and process every 6 months.
    i.m not convinced that this process as it is now will encourage people to continue to reside here...look at the Willie T for instance. 35+ year veterans of the BVI. Belongers..ooerated their business for over 30 years. now, their trade license has been witheld because Peter Island dont want them there. who is going to invest in a country when your business license can be pulled becasue someone else wants you out of business. its just wrong and the VIP party should show their strength of character and support the Willie T and not be the puppets of big corporations...show us what you are made of......stand up for your people and dont be pushed around
  • Truth (12/05/2019, 19:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    They went as far as telling me don't ever call the office again they will contact me . an they told me they gonna put my name at the bottom at the list that person Should be remove they are really evil and you working for government no wonder nothing ever ever gets done lol because of ppl like you.
    Every time you put in paper work there is no hope if someone don't like you because you from somewhere? Then after you leave the office then it gets lost or thrown in the trash
  • Challenger (13/05/2019, 04:10) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    backlog should have been cleared first.
    issuing amnesty for residency solves the problem of people being conserned that they dont have security that their permits will be renewed each year and hence...dont " invest" in te territroy...so residency takes care of that.
    giving belongership away so easily is dangerous for the people of the british virgin islands. i think that one residency is aprooved...ten the wait period to apply for belingershio should.have been INCREASED from 2 year to 5 years but with the assurance that they will be processed withing 6 months. dont give it all away VIP


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