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34 registered as British Citizens; Pledge loyalty to UK

34 individuals are now registered as British Citizens after being previously naturalised as British Overseas Territories Citizens. Photo: GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- 34 individuals are now registered as British Citizens after being previously naturalised as British Overseas Territories Citizens.

During a ceremony held at Government House on Friday, September 8, 2023, the individuals recited the Oath of Allegiance to His Majesty the King, as well as the Pledge of Loyalty to the United Kingdom.

The new citizens also received congratulatory remarks from His Excellency the Governor, John J. Rankin, CMG, and Registrar General, Mrs Tashi O’Flaherty-Maduro.

There are already strong links between' UK & VI- Gov Rankin

According to a press release from Government Information Services (GIS) on September 13, 2023, Governor Rankin said, “You have shown your commitment to the United Kingdom, your knowledge of its history, its institutions, and its language. There are already strong links between the United Kingdom, and the British Virgin Islands, you are now part of those links.”

Registrar General, Mrs O’Flaherty-Maduro congratulated the new citizens for enduring what can be a lengthy process, and informed them that as British citizens, they now have the right to hold a British passport, as well as abode in the United Kingdom. She also reminded them that they will be expected to favourably represent the United Kingdom in their conduct, speech and actions.

New British citizens

According to the British Nationality Act, individuals who are naturalised as British Overseas Territory Citizens after May 21, 2002, can apply to the United Kingdom Government to be registered as British Citizens.

The 34 new British citizens are: Aftab Alli, Eartha Lorraine Barker, Symarj Anthony Bobb, Raymond Alroy Caton, Akada Kennisha Charles, Ivin Davis, Kimberlee Casandra Bailey-Francis, Alaire Chrys-Daveen Khan Frazer, Rachael Rebecca, Rodriguez Frazer, Leisha Ann Joyce Frett, Mignolia Lopez De George, Shibon Avalyn Guy, T’sa Lovia James Hodge, Tashel Latisha Martin-Jackson, Emerline Victoria Jennings, Abigail Aghogho Joseph, Gary Bernard Joshua, Nerissa Nina Lindie, Erlina Andretha Matthews, Nadia Maria Preciosa Menezes, Asma Muhammad, Darren Darian Muhammad, Elizabeth Mylan, Richard Naraine, Seema Kamalpatie Naraine, Margaret Olivia Paul, Veronica Viola Prince, Latreesha Marceda Rogers, Carlos Septus, Hannah Singh, Cherry-Ann Linda Cynthia George-Smith, Raphael Eric Stoll, Daniela Renee De Leon Vanterpool, and Levon Themba Ayodaily Williams.

28 Responses to “34 registered as British Citizens; Pledge loyalty to UK”

  • Fed Up (13/09/2023, 15:50) Like (15) Dislike (61) Reply
    More island people again?
    • AFICAN (13/09/2023, 16:35) Like (36) Dislike (7) Reply
      I never new tola is a continent
    • Yes (13/09/2023, 16:50) Like (55) Dislike (7) Reply
      They have been living and contributing here even before some of ayo was born
    • WOW (13/09/2023, 17:09) Like (46) Dislike (8) Reply
      Reading is fundamental, these people already had rights for here donkey years, they Simply registered to be BRITISH CITIZEN, so guess what, if they chose to leave the island and go England to live they can anytime, i guess you'll missed them when they're gone right

    • @Fed Up (13/09/2023, 17:10) Like (34) Dislike (4) Reply
      Why are you “Fed Up”?
      Everyone on these islands is “island people”.
      And everyone in the UK is “island people” too.
      No better. No worse.
  • ungratefuls (13/09/2023, 15:51) Like (9) Dislike (14) Reply
    Dem people dont like us
    • @Ungratefuls (13/09/2023, 16:34) Like (28) Dislike (11) Reply
      Dem people built here....Ayo need to stop running drugs and teking bud and help strengthen your nation
      • @@ungratefuls (13/09/2023, 18:38) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
        Lol go easy on them
        • Real (14/09/2023, 09:22) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
          try go learn sense build what and when most a them is who ga the place how it is go do some research we were way better before and will be after yall leave
          • LOLL (16/09/2023, 12:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            lol.. you really want to go back to the good old cousin inbreeding days I see
        • Sad (16/09/2023, 13:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Y'all went in other people countries in the 60's and 70's to look for work the same way these people come to your country now and y'all look down on them. Sad reality.
  • Hmmmm (13/09/2023, 17:04) Like (10) Dislike (16) Reply
    This is what the Governor likes...the public show to be viewed as a leader who does not have to be elected but can call all the "shots", look like a savior to the people, and be accountable to no one in the BVI except his UK bosses that share his same colonial view of disrespect for the BVI, its people, and their years of accomplishments without any help from him.
  • WOW (13/09/2023, 17:07) Like (6) Dislike (21) Reply
    Talk about disrespect in a man's back yard. The Governor have them pledging loyalty to the UK but not the BVI. This is AMAZING!!!
    • @wow (13/09/2023, 18:51) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
      Educate yourself. You pledge loyalty to the BVI when you become a British Overseas Territories Citizen. These have all done that. They are now entitled to the full UK passport and can live in UK so that’s why the pledge now to UK
      • big woman (14/09/2023, 01:25) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
        How that possible Getting a uk passport doesn't give you the right to go live and work in the country that what on the government website
    • Josiahsbay (14/09/2023, 08:17) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      To whom do you think the people and Government of the VI pledge their loyalty? Wake up!
  • East End woman (13/09/2023, 17:08) Like (6) Dislike (28) Reply
    Two words for this colonializer...INDEPENDENCE PLEASE!
    • @East End Woman (13/09/2023, 18:40) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
      That’s the day Tortola gone to the dogs. Think deep on it. The necessities of an independent country..
      • Josiahsbay (14/09/2023, 08:23) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
        A willing slave believes that's his/her natural status.
      • Why (14/09/2023, 09:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        cause you have no brians and want to be part of the devils world food sustainability is all that needed go and plant some food instead of talking piss
  • them only came here to prog (13/09/2023, 17:30) Like (9) Dislike (17) Reply
    I am willing to bet that none of them will ever hold or fly a bvi flag
    • @them only came here to prog (13/09/2023, 18:43) Like (24) Dislike (7) Reply
      And so what? You talking like bvislanders be down town walking around with flags everyday. Hush
  • Congratulations (13/09/2023, 21:46) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations skeeter!
  • Hmmm. (13/09/2023, 21:55) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Only the Governor's office working.. The Premier office is backed up with belonger status. So that is forcing people to skip that process and go straight to naturalization which is more efficient and timely..
    • @hmmm (14/09/2023, 16:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Don’t think one can skip that
      U must become a Belonger
      To naturalize
  • Who voted for him? (13/09/2023, 23:58) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Look at the 14 politician john ranking
    • @who voted for him (14/09/2023, 14:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The recipients earned their status and a stop needs to be put to it from making it political. The recipients don't owe politicians anything. Congratulations to the recipients.
  • I AM SO HAPPY (14/09/2023, 15:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I love to see when people progress! Congratulations to all of you who achieved this most amazing accomplishment. How they say the BVI people are bad. The BVI people have hearts of GOLD.

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