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December 3rd, 2017
Is the Immigration Dept cruel & heartless after hurricanes Irma & Maria?

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- There are growing concerns that the Virgin Islands’ Government, through the Immigration Department, is forcing work permit holders who lost their jobs only because of the killer storms Irma and Maria in September 2017 to still leave the Territory even after they found new employment.

November 22nd, 2017
Frustration high over long lines & 'short' working hours @ Immigration Dept

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Verbal abuses and near physical altercations are part of the experience while waiting for service at Immigration Department in Road Town, on the main island of Tortola.

March 30th, 2017
‘We must have a serious discussion on immigration’ – Acting CIO

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Speaking of the dire need to become up-to-speed with advanced technology to make Immigration Department more effective in the execution of duties, Acting Chief Immigration Officer Mrs Geraldine Ritter-Freeman said ‘Trumpism’ will have an impact on the Virgin Islands (UK) at some point.

November 22nd, 2016
We need clear Labour & Immigration policies- John Samuel

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Retired public servant and businessman, Mr John Samuel has blasted the Government on their issuing of work permits “to all and sundry”, lamenting that the policies in that regard needs to be revisited.

June 17th, 2015
Stricter immigration screening needed- concerned residents

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – While issues of border security relating to trafficking in persons and drugs have been a concern in the Virgin Islands (VI), several persons have expressed the serious need for a stronger background check of persons entering the territory via the various ports.

December 23rd, 2014
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Lawbreaking expats will be deported!’ – Ian B. Penn

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – New acting Chief Immigration Officer (CIO ag) Mr Ian B. Penn said that while he is working to change the negative perceptions of the Immigration Department and to ensure that there is better customer service, he remains steadfast on dealing with foreigners who run afoul of the law and are deemed unfit to remain in the Virgin Islands (VI).

December 17th, 2014
Immigration/RVIPF raid Tortola nightclubs

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Immigration Department of the Virgin Islands and the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) held a joint operation over the weekend on a number of nightclubs in Road Town and on the eastern end of Tortola.

December 11th, 2013
Cuban detainees escape lawful custody

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Three male Cuban detainees, who were being held by the Immigration Department for illegally entering the Territory, escaped lawful custody early this morning, December 11, 2013.

November 6th, 2013
Homeowners want protection from errant tenants

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Mrs Melvina Frett-Henry, a resident of the Virgin Islands, has moved a call for the establishment of a Homeowners Commission mainly to aid in devising a strategy to crack down on the alleged large number of tenants defaulting on the payment of rent and other related bills.

October 3rd, 2013
UPDATE: Guy Hill in! Appointed Acting Chief Immigration Officer

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Mr Guy Hill has been appointed Chief Immigration Officer (Ag.), bringing calm to the hot debate that had arisen amid reports that others were being considered for the top post following the pre-retirement leave of Mr Dennis Jennings after more than 36 years of service.

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