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August 5th, 2020
The plight of immigrants in the VI- The message is clear

KENNETH G. GLADSTONE

The entire Virgin Islands has been closely observing the developments within the Territory since the beginning of the year under the new VIP administration, and sure enough one would expect to have flip flops here and there every now and then given that the new administration consists mainly of new and inexperienced political representatives, which in one way could be a very good thing in that they are less likely to make decisions based on conventional norms.

July 17th, 2020
Gov't willing to partially foot bill for expats to return home- Hon Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Hon Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) says the Government of the Virgin Islands (VI) is willing to assist with some of the outbound transportation costs for terminated expats who lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 10th, 2020
Work permit renewals dependent on SSB & NHI payments- Hon Wheatley

DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - With the aim of addressing local workforce and job loss issues that have aroused out of the COVID-19 pandemic, Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Hon Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) has announced new requirements for work permit renewals in the Virgin Islands (VI).

June 2nd, 2020
The seven percent tax

Lorna M. George

There is an old adage that says, “God works in mysterious ways His wonders to perform”. My brothers and sisters who send our money to their native countries via transfer money services such as Money Gram and Western Union may have felt a bit disappointed when the government put a seven percent tax on money going out of the country.

May 26th, 2020
Some companies not being ‘truthful’ about layoffs – Hon Vincent O. Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Gauging the true picture of the effect the Novel Coronavirus is having on the working class of the Virgin Islands (VI) is proving to be somewhat of a challenge since some employers have not been truthful about the status of their employees.

May 3rd, 2020
‘We have nothing against anyone from Caribbean islands’- Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With money transfer services not included in the list of essential businesses allowed to operate during the reopening phase of the Virgin Islands economy following a month of shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, heaps of criticisms were thrown at the Government of the Virgin Islands by a large number of persons on social media.

April 23rd, 2018
Using Racism, Labour & Immigration to shatter the Golden Rule

Alred C. Frett

Disappointing our Forefathers:

These rough times are getting rougher and more rather than less we find ourselves complaining about the problems we experience and the pains we face… We allow ourselves no time for concern about others as we totally reject the idea that our own actions or inaction may be the root cause of our problems – Instead, we have become consumed by our own perceived social status and self-importance

March 8th, 2018
Premier Smith words useless? Expats with job offers still must leave- Immigration Dept

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Confusion continues to loom over the Virgin Islands (VI) post hurricanes Immigration policies.

March 6th, 2018
‘Cease & desist from sending expats home’- Dr Smith to CIO

CAPOON’S BAY, Tortola, VI- Saying that the Territory’s first Chief Minister, the late H. Lavity Stoutt, was a man of inclusiveness and who embraced the contribution of expatriates to the development of the modern Virgin Islands, Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) said the Territory, including officials of Government, should also have an attitude of gratitude for their contribution and not seek to chase them away from the Territory.

October 11th, 2017
'Send expat looters home' - Hon Skelton

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - After category 5 hurricane Irma ravaged the territory on September 6, 2017, expatriates and locals were involved in looting of numerous businesses throughout the Virgin Islands (VI).

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