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UPDATE: VI Children should be entitled to all rights & benefits – Julio S. Henry

- talk show host believes origin of parents should not matter
Talk Show host and commentator, Julio Sam Henry expressed that he believed that more can be done locally to assist citizens born and raised in the Virgin Islands, regardless of whether their parents are from the Territory or not. Photo: VINO/File
Complaints Commissioner, Mr Elton Georges described the British Nationality Act as complicated and said its introduction raised a number of questions.. Photo: VINO/File
Complaints Commissioner, Mr Elton Georges described the British Nationality Act as complicated and said its introduction raised a number of questions.. Photo: VINO/File
The first 'Open Mic' programme will discuss the British Nationality Act which Education Minister Hon. Myron V. Walwyn said recently was divisive and should be a thing of the past. Photo: VINO/File
The first 'Open Mic' programme will discuss the British Nationality Act which Education Minister Hon. Myron V. Walwyn said recently was divisive and should be a thing of the past. Photo: VINO/File
The programme’s Facebook page is already live and can be accessed at www.facebook.com/openmicbvi. Image: facebook
The programme’s Facebook page is already live and can be accessed at www.facebook.com/openmicbvi. Image: facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Talk show host Julio S. Henry expressed that he believed that more can be done locally to assist citizens born and raised in the Virgin Islands, regardless of whether their parents are from the Territory or not. “I firmly believe that where a child is born is where he belongs,” Henry said.

Henry hosted the debut of a brand new talk show, ‘Open Mic’ on ZROD 103.7FM last evening, July 10, 2013 with the featured guest being Complaints Commissioner, Mr Elton Georges.

He said that any child educated, raised and developed in the Virgin Islands should be entitled to all the rights and benefits of anyone else, regardless of the origin of their parents.

Georges, who has served as Deputy Governor in addition to various posts in government for more than 20 years, was described as having significant insight and information in dealing with the British Nationality Act which emerged during his time in office.

Georges described the Act as complicated and said its introduction raised a number of questions. “Immediately you had the question of what is the status of children born in the BVI after January 1, 1983?” he noted.

He said persons born after this date receive a birth certificate but when they go to the passport office, the status of their parents in the Virgin Islands needed to be checked as this had now become the law.

When asked how he felt dealing with persons in situations where he was required to say “based on the law, I can’t help you”, Georges replied, “It’s always disappointing to disappoint people. It’s not something you like to do, I don’t feel good disappointing people but… it’s your duty, it’s your job. It’s what the law says and you have to apply it.”

According to Henry, the Act served several purposes including reclassification of the United Kingdom (UK) and the colonies’ citizenship. He felt that part of the reasoning behind the Act was a feeling that the UK would be over-run by UK citizens from other territories and added that he believed it was a similar fear and sentiment shared by many Virgin Islanders.

“The BVI will never get to a population where, I believe, you’re going to feel like you’re being over-run by folks from around the world. Kids born in the BVI are BVIslanders, they’re not from St Kitts, they’re not from Antigua… that’s where they’re parents originated from,” Henry said.

See previous story posted July 10, 2013:

UPDATE: Elton Georges confirmed as guest for ‘Open Mic’ debut

- Complaints Commissioner said he feels topic is an important matter

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Talk Show host Julio S. Henry has confirmed that the guest for the first episode of his new talk show, Open Mic, which will be aired this evening, July 10, 2013 will be none other than Complaints Commissioner, Mr Elton Georges.

Henry indicated once more that the topic would be the British Nationality Act, 1981 and added there will also be discussions about the implementation of the Act during Georges’ time in government.

“My angle is to represent that before the Nationality Act, people who were born in the country were entitled to citizenship [and] after the Act that was changed,” Henry said.

The host said he planned to ask his guest whether he felt the Territory should revert to its prior status before the Act.

Mr Georges also confirmed that he was approached to be the guest on the show, “I got a phone call asking if I would come on the show to speak with Mr Henry about [the Act] and perhaps if there is time and people had questions… I agreed because I think it’s an important matter that people want to know about,” Georges said.

He added, “It is my understanding that he’s [Henry] interested in getting out information about the British Nationality Act which applies to the BVI, the British Nationality Act of 1981, so we’re going to look at the provisions of that as it applies to the Territory.”

The show makes its live debut from 8-9 P.M. today, July 10, 2013 on ZROD 103.7FM.

See previous story posted July 9, 2013:

UPDATE: First ‘Open Mic’ to tackle British Nationality Act

-First guest a secret!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Talk show host Julio S. Henry has opted for suspense in keeping the first guest of his new radio show, Open Mic, a secret. The show makes its live debut from 8-9 P.M. tomorrow, July 10, 2013 on ZROD 103.7FM.

Henry would only disclose that the topic would be centred on the very hot button ‘automatic citizenship’ issue raised recently by Education Minister Hon. Myron V. Walwyn during Territory Day observations on July 1, 2013.

Hon. Walwyn stated: “While we have many different cultures in the BVI, as a Caribbean people we have much more in common than our differences. When I think of the great melting pot that is America, I recognise that their strength comes from the acceptance of their differences and their commitment to making their country great. If a child is born on United States soil, that child immediately becomes an American citizen, with all the rights thereto appertaining. I dare say that this should be the case in every part of the world, including the Virgin Islands.”

According to Mr Henry, the programme will focus on the British Nationality Act, 1981 and the British Overseas Territories Citizenship Act, 2002 and related issues.

Hon. Walwyn had also expressed that the British Nationality Act was divisive and should become a thing of the past.

The special guest has already been confirmed for the show and has been described as being very knowledgeable about the topic after having been in the forefront of related discussions for some time.

The guest is expected to deliver his perspective on the situation and also whether the Territory has any say on the issue.

According to the programme’s Facebook page, Open Mic is an hour-long radio programme aired every Wednesday with an open forum format; it provides an outlet for the community to freely share their concerns, observations, and opinions on various issues in the VI.

49 Responses to “UPDATE: VI Children should be entitled to all rights & benefits – Julio S. Henry”

  • Tap (04/07/2013, 08:19) Like (16) Dislike (73) Reply
    Yea until the NDP give him a hush money contract like they did Edmund and Comwell…bouy go sit down
    • west end (04/07/2013, 09:24) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Allyuh people tootool bad oui!
      • 5 mins longer than most (04/07/2013, 14:58) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        every body deserve there 5 mins of fame!!!
        • mary j (04/07/2013, 18:12) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
          Isn't it time that we do this right?? go sam

          • Like Wow (09/07/2013, 15:00) Like (8) Dislike (38) Reply
            Myron knows this is not a decision that is make locally, so he just making noise. He wants to be able to tell the people, he did this and did that when he show up on their door for election.
  • qc (04/07/2013, 09:21) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    All the best Sam. One bad apple spoils the whole bunch too.Sing it one more time la,la,lala,la,la,la.
  • Manish Water (04/07/2013, 09:33) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    This man is probably gauging to see how his chances of being elected are. I think he plans on running for elections some time soon and setting things up slowly.
    • the rock (04/07/2013, 10:30) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
      u got that right..but u cant kill him for doing that though..man got to do what he got to do,,but his thoughts on zrod to get the attention of individuals between 25 and 45 is dead wrong..zrod crowd is 12-21..
  • ooooo (04/07/2013, 09:34) Like (5) Dislike (30) Reply
    lets hope that he isn't a ndp soldier in disguise
    • civil servant (04/07/2013, 14:12) Like (4) Dislike (25) Reply
      well we will be checking the system for any hush money contracts to tell ayo
  • Alec (04/07/2013, 11:21) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    Sam that is awesome!! Congratulations.
    • next (05/07/2013, 06:26) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      Someone needs to shut this man up before the show from spewing Garbage !
  • AC 360 (04/07/2013, 12:23) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
    More fake chatter
    • Sell out (09/07/2013, 15:18) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
      Myron and Sam wants to sell out our country by opposing the British Nationality act but we will not allow it!!!
      • son of the soil (09/07/2013, 23:18) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
        Two half islandman.
      • luv (11/07/2013, 10:45) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
        you all just so selfish,you must have all the privilege and opportunities from overseas but no one else should. God will strike you all soooooo baad. Expatriates should just work like some fool for you all lazy people and get send back home.
  • My hope (05/07/2013, 16:46) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    hope tis informative and not more NDP spin
  • $$$$$$$ (09/07/2013, 14:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    wel well, you mean NDP has not given Sam he hush money yet?
  • ReX FeRal (09/07/2013, 16:44) Like (11) Dislike (21) Reply
    When are these [politicos in the VI are going to openly speak up for the Virgin Islanders who can trace their their roots to the 3rd and 4th generation of Virgin Islandeers.? The Virgin Islands are not denying these persons born her citizenship. there is a process in place. And the parents of these children knows this very well even before they become pregnant.
  • shark (10/07/2013, 00:34) Like (6) Dislike (10) Reply
    there was a time in he past,if a woman from another country was pregnant while living here in the virgin islands
    she had to go back home to her home land to have that child"what ever happened to that law" i am just doing and inquiry about this particular law,
    • rio (11/07/2013, 11:56) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      TO Shark; that was inhumane on all fronts, to send a person home because they become pregnant in the VI. And I believe( I stand 2 B corrected) it was the only place in the world it was happening.
    • we (12/07/2013, 15:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      TO SHARK-there is a new constitution in place thatwould be consider a violation to any woman constitutional right, or even human rights.
  • ausar (10/07/2013, 08:00) Like (2) Dislike (13) Reply
    You see, the Kingdom created this law to prevent the annihilation of Whites genetically and the proliferation of the "browning" in the Kingdom. You just don't become a citizen of the Kingdom if you're non-white and acquire ALL of the rights given to native born Kingdom-ers who can trace their lineage back to the 8th century. And now even more recently, stringent control mechanisms have been put in place to prevent the proliferation or massive non-white citizenry in the Kingdom.

    You have to give it to the Kingdom-ers. These people have been planning since the 8th century how to maintain "Whiteness" in their land while maintaining control and power in lands where massive amounts of non-whites live. The nationality act was one of the major strategic plans to achieve this goal.

    While we here may look at the law as being discriminative and biased, Kingdom-ers are very concerned about their population growth and the "color" of the population growth. You see, a citizen of the Virgin Islands(British) is a citizen of the Kingdom and believe you me, they monitor all who are becoming citizens of the Kingdom and their roles if they decide to leave the Virgin Islands(B) and move to the Kingdom.

    This is why this law has been so hard to remove. You're not just dealing with the "numbers" of the citizens. You're dealing with the "color" of the citizens and that is what the Kingdom HAS TO CONTROL!

    Good luck to our leaders who want to tackle this issue. But it's going to be very hard and I believe that the Kingdom will stand firm in it's decision -which, if I am correct- that the "color" of the citizens is the major, major factor determining all policies with regards to citizenship in the Kingdom.
    • Online Now (10/07/2013, 10:01) Like (4) Dislike (13) Reply
      You have no clue at all about the UK. The UK is a multi cultural society. Britains with hundreds of years lineage have no more rights than the most recent citizen, regardless of origin, race, gender or sexuality.

      I really hope no one believe your racist rantings. Sad!
      • kkk (10/07/2013, 16:42) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
        look who calling people racist????
      • Ratooor (13/07/2013, 13:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        In terms of the make up of the population mix it is regarded as a multi cultural society, but is it really? The law was design to contol the influx of PAKI into England. The few thousand blacks from the Caribbean they easily handle. But they were really fearful of the potential millons from Asia. That was the real reason for the British Nationality Act. The BVI and the Dependent territories are just collateral to the main issue of Southwest Asia.
    • WTF (10/07/2013, 15:44) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Ausar. You are an absolute moron. There, it didn't take 5 paragraphs to write something more sensible than your ramble.
    • LogicalConclusion (11/07/2013, 16:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Ausar here you go again.
      No matter the nonsense you wrote here, which does not deserve anyone's attention for it contains no truth whatsoever, I'm noticing this: through these forums you are exposing yourself as a person deliberately using untruths to spread hate and division in our community.
      Why would you do that?
      Are you spreading this mumu stuff so that perhaps we believe you and ... I don't know ... chase the white people out?
      Or perhaps you are trying to influence us to take other sorts of action against our fellow residents who happen to have white skin? What do you suggest? Maybe just encourage black people to throw a few cuss words at the next white person they see? Or why don't we just follow your whole approach to its logical conclusion and attack white people with more than words? If you are correct that people whose epidermis contains very little melanin are indeed bad humans and they are all trying to enslave those among us with higher melanin content, why don't we just organize some lynchings? Grab some of them - any of them, because they are all evil - and string them up in a tree? Or maybe you'd enjoy mowing them down with an automatic weapon like they did in St. Croix back in the '70s?
      Either way, if we follow the direction of your comments on these blogs, that is the logical conclusion. It is impossible to see how your thesis can go any other way. You see, ausar, hate has a way of gaining momentum once people deliberately seed it into a community. And this is what your baseless comments are clearly designed to do.
      Why are you a hate-monger? Do you want to be a black people's hero? Who, then, is your inspiration? You are clearly against Martin Luther King. You must think Malcolm X before he died was just a sell-out. Presumably Bob Marley was half evil because he was 1/2 white and treated many whites with love and respect. And yes, the most popular man on the planet, Nelson Mandela is a bad-minded fool who has been working for the evil white race for all these years.
      Your divisive and disgusting attitude to the truth, and to your fellow human beings, is a fine example of the shameless, deliberate use of utter bullcr*p to forward a hateful agenda.
      It is highly dangerous and I fail to see how it helps us BVIslanders understand or resolve the many complex problems we need to be dealing with in these tough times.
  • frazer (10/07/2013, 13:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    "the complain commissioner is way out of his league"
  • rio (10/07/2013, 14:24) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Elton is a sell out, nation building, mumbling fool..
    They getting children here just to get passport and then green card. then leave the VI, they should not be able to do this.
  • coffee (10/07/2013, 16:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    should be a intresting topic
  • Bolanjay (11/07/2013, 11:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    "When asked how he felt dealing with persons in situations where he was required to say “based on the law, I can’t help you”, Georges replied, “It’s always disappointing to disappoint people. It’s not something you like to do, I don’t feel good disappointing people but… it’s your duty, it’s your job. It’s what the law says and you have to apply it.” E. Georges Opinion.
    “The BVI will never get to a population where, I believe, you’re going to feel like you’re being over-run by folks from around the world. Kids born in the BVI are BVIslanders, they’re not from St Kitts, they’re not from Antigua… that’s where they’re parents originated from,” Henry Opinion.

    Who is right who is wrong? Mek Out. Grow your nest where you are, but check out thr trends of migratio into and out of the Virgin Islands.
  • Advocate (11/07/2013, 11:49) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    There are 2 Immigration terms that I wish to mention: 1 - "Jus soli" - this term means the geographical location of one's birth determines one's citizenship. The citizenship status of the parents is irrelevant, and "Jus sanguinis" meaning that the citizenship of one's parents determines one's citizenship, and the physical location is irrelevant.
    The U.S citizenship laws is based on the "jus soli", while the British and other European countries are based on "jus sanguinis"

    As at 2007, In EU countries such as Belgium, Finland, France, UK, Italy, Netherlands, and Sweden, jus soli regulations is based on second generation upon reaching the age of majority, in Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Portugal and the UK, jus soli is based on the second generation upon birth and a few countries including Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, France and Benjamin, the jus soli regulation is based up to the third generation. Jus soli is not a regarded in Austria, Denmark, Greece or Luxembourg.

    In the U.S. citizenship may be acquired by (1) Birth in the U.S., (2) Birth abroad if at least one parent is a U.S. Citizen or by (3) Naturalization.

    Some years ago, there was a draft amendment to the Immigration Law in the U.S to change to "Jus Soli", but of course, it couldn't get passed in congress.

    This is just for the information of the public and not an argument for or against. Everyone might not be aware that this law is not unique to the BVI and it wouldn't be something that can be changed at the press of a button. We are under the U.K and the British Nationality Act, (which I believe is one of the most unfair legislation), but we (as well as the other overseas territories) are bound by it, like it or not.
  • i from here (11/07/2013, 12:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why the local hate the down island people so bad ,when the local is destroying the place with all these robbery and shooting that is what we need to look into not the island man
  • Needs some Clarification. (11/07/2013, 12:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    To Advocate,
    I read your post with much interest, but I am a bit confused.

    In the last sentence in the first paragraph, you said the U.S citizenship laws is based on Jus soii - meaning one's place of birth determines one's citiizenship.

    In Paragraph four you are saying that some years ago, there was a draft amendment to the immigration law in the U.S to change to Jus Soli but could not get passed in congress.

    So are you saying that even though they did not pass the law is congress for Jus Soli, it is still being used??

    Just for clarification sake, I am asking.

    • Advocate (11/07/2013, 13:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The amendment was never passed, so the law was never changed and thus remain as is, in that every person born in the U.S. is automatically as U.S. citizen. From what I read , the framers of the draft amendment felt as though the U.S was being used as "birth tourism" and they wanted a way to end it.
  • Seriously (11/07/2013, 12:34) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    The only way to solve this is for it to be turned on the BVI.... If you are a bv islander the other countries should not issue your child nationality if you give birth in their country... Problem solved.... some people don't know what they are doing until they walk in another man's shoes... That's my vote
  • . (11/07/2013, 13:03) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    mayson ayo can't hear? Nothing aint gonna change..Ayo beating a dead horse.
  • Lionel (11/07/2013, 13:49) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    I think we need to look at this and thread very lightly. I am saying this because the native BVIslander is already in the minority and to change the law will worsen the situation. I am not yet convinced the law should be changed sorry. I am being nationalistic.
  • Advocate (11/07/2013, 14:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Additionally, it is a constitutional right in the U.S. and it is no easy thing to change the U.S. constitution, so that was also a reason the draft amendment did not get anywhere.
  • readin wit nuff interest (11/07/2013, 15:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    i kinda like the way this storyline heading nice topic to debate...my two cents tells me legally born=citizenship
  • nightly reader (11/07/2013, 19:48) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    You BVIlanders keep calling ppl island man as the BVI is a continent, it's a little Caribbean island just like the others. Remember the money u are spending is not yours so let other ppl get some, the head on the ten dollar he is from Nevis. All you should be using E C $ then ayou would shut up. Aryou still British and so the ppl aryou fighting against.
  • ausar (12/07/2013, 05:37) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    And after all what those of you have written about my blogs, The British Nationality Act is still INTACT!

    HA HA. All the ranting and ravings of foolish noise has not changed ANYTHING!!

    NOW TAKE THIS ISSUE UP WITH THE HOUSE OF LORDS, COMMONS, AND THE MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT and let's see WHERE it will get y'all!!!!!!!!!
    • LogicalConclusion (12/07/2013, 10:10) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      1. Answer the questions about your racism: why are you spreading hatred based on people's skin color? How is it going to help the BVI if you succeed in turning us against the whites? How far should we go? Who are your inspirations? Answer the questions, Ausar, because if you trying to bring hatred, division and suffering to our small island, we deserve to know what the bigger plan is before we decide to join your cause.
      2. This nonsense that UK immigration rules are based on race: You really think the only thing dictating decisions in London is an ancient plan to keep dark skin people out? You never been there, Ausar. IS a complex place with a complex history and many, many different forces affecting it all the time. Sorry, you are not the center of their universe.
      3. You don't know that when they making these immigration laws they are afraid of letting in not just too many Africans, West Indians and Asians, but also Polish, Slovenian, Russian and Romanian etc immigrants - all of them white as snow? Is immigration they interested in, not your damn skin color, mumu.

      Ausar, until you show intelligence, you will continue to sound like this simple-minded wannabe hero. Real heroes don't spread hate, they learn from reality and a wide range of influences, and then they graduate to wisdom. You a long off from that, so maybe consider hushing yourself until you have something wise to say. We can wait a few years before we hear from you again.
  • Hmm (12/07/2013, 13:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Most of you feel that only BVI have laws like this, but it is not so. As a matter of fact the US is among a few countries that practice that immigration law, check it out for yourselves. Some of you on here complaining but I bet if you checked you will be surprised
  • Eagle and Buffalo (14/07/2013, 16:13) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    In a perfect world automatic citizenship at birth would be a non-issue; but regrettably it is. It is an issue in VI, albeit through the British Nationality Act(BNA). Nonetheless, the VI is not by a long shot in the minority among nations that do not confer automatic citizenship at birth. Every nation, territory....etc takes action(s) that is her short- and long-term interest; the VI is no exception. Yes, this is an important and sensitive issue to many residents. And an interactive discussion needs to be had on the issue. However, we should not use those impacted as pawns in this political chess game. Thee is no room in this discussion for political opportunism. So what are the battle lines drawn about? Automatic citizenship for children born in the VI.

    Admittedly, up to several weeks ago, I was not too in tuned with birthright citizenship in the VI. It was not until the MEC pulled the pin from the grenade under this already red hot, sensitive and divisive issue and the resulting explosion that my interest peaked. Consequently, the acrimonious battles in the blogosphere motivated me to probe a bit on this issue. My probing revealed some interesting information.

    First, there are two methods or means of acquiring citizenship: Jus Soli (right of soil)---birthright citizenship, and Jus Sanguinis( right of blood)---citizenship by blood lines. Further, Jus Soli is observed in a minority of the world's countries. Of the approximately 194 countries defined by the IMF, ~thirty (30) or ~15% grants automatic birthright citizenship. A sampling of these countries include Canada, USA, Antigua and Barbuda (vacillating), Brazil, Barbados (vacillating), Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Jamaica, Argentina...etc. Moreover, interestingly since 2004, no European country, including the UK, grants unconditional birthright citizenship.

    Increasingly, more countries are employing a modified form of Jus Soli, i.e., that is they require at least one parent be a citizen of the country, be a legal permanent resident or that a parent has resided in the country for a specified period of time among other requirements. Countries employing modified Jus Soli include Australia, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, South Africa, UK, Barbados (proposing change), Ireland, Antigua( proposing change), New Zealand...etc. Further some countries are abandoning Jus Soli altogether.

    Moreover, in regards to the UK, since January 1983, consistent with the BNA at least one parent must be a British citizen or be a legally "settled" in the UK. This is important in that the VI is not an independent country but an OT under the UK's umbrella. Consequently, the VI under its current union has to adhere to the UK's laws. However, it does not mean that the VI cannot agitate for a change. Thus, far Virgin Islanders have gotten a bad rap for a UK law that the VI has little leverage over. They are being accused of taking cover under the BNA. Nevertheless, it is important to note that the UK is part of the EU and since 2004 no European country grants unconditional automatic birthright citizenship; this is an interesting tidbit. Nonetheless, this is a simmering human rights issue and I'm not averse to agitating for a change.

    Another finding of my probing is that citizenship is a privilege, not a right, afforded by a country. Consequently, they can set whatever conditions they desire for persons to qualify for citizenship. The VI needs a serious round table discussion on this obvious divisive issue. The VI is a lone ranger on this issue; it is far from being a minority on the issue. In fact it is among the majority of nations that do not grant unconditional birthright citizenship (85th percentile). Nonetheless, because it is among the majority o of nations (well technically it is not a nation) that currently do not, does not mean that it should not be agitated for. But there is a little hurdle or it may be a big hurdle to clear---BNA. This hurdled cleared, whether the VI remains under the UK umbrella or is independent (I'm not for independence at this juncture) then it should go to a referendum.

  • Birth Right (17/07/2013, 09:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I was under the impression that only BVI has this law because we are a dependent territory of the UK, and we are governed by the UK. Italy also has this law, that if a child is born to immigrant parents, citizenship is not automatic. When the child reaches 18 years, then he/she is eligible to apply for citizenship. I guess now thinking about this law it has its benefits, because people might not be so eager to have their children born in the BVI knowing that they have to wait until they are 18 years to get the benefit of citizenship. Maybe, this will control the expat population. We are already outnumbered. I don't mean this in a negative way, I am just trying to analyze the reasoning what I think is behind a country having this law.


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