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Gov’t to regularise status of EC occupants in VI - Premier tell OECS

-Hon Fahie says there is economic & moral imperative to urgently fix situation
Hon Fahie, who attended the special meeting from March 14 to 16, 2019—that will see the formal accession of Guadeloupe to Associate Membership— further said that the Virgin Islands (VI) cherishes its relationship with the OECS over the years, and as such, “The deep bonds of friendship and familial ties which exist between our people provides the solid foundation for collaboration through the OECS system.” Photo: Team of Reporters
Premier Fahie talks with current Chairman and Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves. Photo Credit: Bria Smith/GIS
Premier Fahie talks with current Chairman and Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves. Photo Credit: Bria Smith/GIS
Premier Fahie talks with 4th Vice President of the Guadeloupe Regional Council, Diana Perran and Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister, Gaston Browne. Photo Credit: Bria Smith/GIS
Premier Fahie talks with 4th Vice President of the Guadeloupe Regional Council, Diana Perran and Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister, Gaston Browne. Photo Credit: Bria Smith/GIS
BASSE-TERRE, Guadeloupe - Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) in his address to the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) says that he has taken the decision to urgently look into the resident status situation of Eastern Caribbean residents living in the Virgin Islands (VI) over a long period of time.

Hon Fahie, who attended the special OECS meeting from March 14 to 16, 2019—that saw the formal accession of Guadeloupe to Associate Membership—further said that the Virgin Islands (VI) cherishes its relationship with the OECS over the years, and as such, “The deep bonds of friendship and familial ties which exist between our people provides the solid foundation for collaboration through the OECS system.”

Residency Status

According to Premier Fahie, “On taking office two weeks ago, one of the first decisions my government has taken is to set up a committee to urgently look into the status situation of thousands of people, most of them from the Eastern Caribbean, particularly St Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica, who have made the BVI home.”

He says many of these people whom he considered friends and neighbours have lived and worked in the BVI more than a decade, even starting families, “Yet they have no official status.”

“My government believes that it is an economic and moral imperative that we fix this situation and afford residency and more permanent status arrangements for the many families who have been kept in limbo and forced to live a life of uncertainty all these years,” he assured the regional heads gathered at the meeting. 

He says the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) government, “Will regularize for persons such as the St Lucian restaurant attendant, at one of the places I eat regularly in Road Town, who came to help her aunt in her store as a 16-year-old out of school, nearly 20 years ago,” having children all born in the BVI, yet she nor her offspring have official status.

Regional Integration

According to Premier Fahie, the OECS stands as a beacon in the regional integration movement, and leads the way in showing the rest of the region the value of co-operation.

“This Virgin Island Party government is fully committed to this integration process, understanding that our similar histories and our shared aspirations bind us together inseparably. It is significant that my first address to this body is here today, as we welcome Guadeloupe as an Associate member.

Further, he says the relationship with the OECS in many areas of co-operation such as education, health, disaster management and the administration of justice is highly valued.

 “In moments of challenge, such as that experienced following the devastating hurricanes of September 2017, you came to our aid and have helped the BVI to restore our lives and economy.” 

13 Responses to “Gov’t to regularise status of EC occupants in VI - Premier tell OECS ”

  • Eagle Eye (16/03/2019, 17:47) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    Who is the minister in the pink shirt? Y'all own him quick let me hear where he's from.
  • Frog Men (16/03/2019, 18:32) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    All ill say is Better be careful with immigration in the Virgin Islands. There is a process for Residence Status. Adjust but take heed. Examone who/whst you are really dealing with here.
  • Cats (16/03/2019, 21:01) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Bvi on the move we got an first class premier
  • cromwell (17/03/2019, 10:06) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
    I would suggest that the Premier regularize residents with British Passports before he attends to non British people. It cannot have escaped his and everyone else's attention that the UK has outlawed Belongership status, and, they are serious about the subject
    • BacktoBrexit (17/03/2019, 13:10) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Cromwell, how could we fixe British Passports holders before we fix those who are born here? What about my niece who is 8 years old and my nephew who is ten and don't hold a Virgin Islands passport yet? This is a vexing situation. British Passport holders last to be assisted because we shall fix our Constitution so it can't happen. We were left among the thrushies once before, we willing to go among thrushies, doves and Pelicans first before UK Citizens have the same right as I do.
      • cromwell (17/03/2019, 14:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Then perhaps you should do it without the UK £300 million loan backstop supported by British Passport holders ??
      • hm (18/03/2019, 01:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        This is bigger than your niece
    • Concerned Citizens Brigade (18/03/2019, 11:20) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      The UK most certainly have not outlawed Belongership. The report you are referring contained merely suggestions, that's all. It would be discriminatory to give UK citizens preferential treatment over anyone else who has been here the same length of time.
      • Thank you... (18/03/2019, 15:19) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        Thank you for halting the nonsense. Its annoying when so called intelligent people put out propaganda. Cromwell must know that belongership has not been outlawed. That entire report was simply recommendations. We have to put our best foot forward to make a good case why these should not be accepted.


        Also Fahie must be careful about what he is out there promising.
        • cromwell (18/03/2019, 16:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Read the entire committee report drafting, the final version was adamant that Belongership is wrong. Does anyone think the house will ignore the advice, not likely in view of everything else that is going on from the RDA, loan backstop, Public Register and BVI remaining on the EU Grey list.
  • Agree . (17/03/2019, 12:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Reexamined the process first before you regulate .How can someone be here for 30 plus years working no criminal record and is denied but someone just make 20 yrs be successful ? These are the things someone in authority need to look into and ask . Why ? My suggestion would be to.make all over 30 yrs gainfully and legally employed with no criminal record be granted amnesty ..that's the first best start to fix and regulate ..
  • Interesting (17/03/2019, 14:54) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Are we going to make this a two way conversation about the accessibility of Virgin Islanders traveling to these Caribbean even just for a visit without immigration hassle?
  • Ogre (18/03/2019, 13:39) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Take care of your people first.


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