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January 12th, 2024
Belonger status can be revoked even after 30 years of marriage- O’Flaherty-Maduro

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Expats who have obtained Belonger status in the [British] Virgin Islands should know that it’s a privilege and not a right. Therefore it can be revoked.

June 11th, 2023
VI Gov’t 'failing to apply 10-year requirement for residency law'- Gov Rankin

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Governor John J. Rankin, CMG has said there has been very limited work carried out to date to clear the large backlog of Residency and Belonger status applications, and this means that the Government of the Virgin Islands is so far failing in its commitment to apply the ‘ten-year requirement for residency’ law in many cases.

April 19th, 2023
Gov Rankin assents to Immigration & Passport (Validation) Act

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Governor John J. Rankin, CMG has assented to the Immigration and Passport (Validation) Act, 2023 and the Immigration and Passport (Amendment) Act, 2023, allowing the 688 residents, whose Belonger status are now valid, an opportunity to exercise their franchise on Advance Polling Day tomorrow, Thursday, April 20, 2023, and Polling Day on Monday, April 24, 2023.

May 30th, 2022
Hon Fahie should 'focus on his defense'- Premier Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Already stripped of his title of Premier of the Virgin Islands (VI), incarcerated Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) now faces losing his seat in the House of Assembly (HoA) since he may be unable to attend the required three consecutive sittings of the HoA.

May 24th, 2021
VI Gov’t granted full participation in CoI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With the reputation of the Virgin Islands and possibly its constitutional advances at stake, the Government of the Virgin Islands has successfully applied to the Commission of Inquiry (COI) to be granted full participation in the Inquiry into governance.

December 30th, 2019
VIP Gov’t had the ‘fortitude & courage to do the right thing’- Lorna G. Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Mrs Lorna G. Smith, OBE, the wife of former Premier, Dr D. Orlando Smith, OBE, has showered praise on the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government of Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) for its recent bold move to grant status to more than 1500 expatriates in the Virgin Islands (VI).

December 17th, 2019
Over 1500 expats regularised: ‘We chose to unite the BVI forever’- Hon Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The court of the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Road Town, Tortola, was packed to capacity as more than 1500 expats living and working in the VI for more than 20 years were given certificates of Residency and Belonger at a ceremony on December 16, 2019.

July 12th, 2019
Public urged to be ready for return of fast track regularisation initiative

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The dates for persons to submit applications for Belonger & Residency status in the Virgin Islands under the ‘fast track’ initiative will soon be announced, according to Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1).

June 19th, 2019
Immigration Department invites persons to discuss status of applications

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Persons who have lodged applications at the Immigration Department can now discuss the status of these requests with officials from the department.

June 3rd, 2019
Over 2000 expats given status under NDP regime- Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “We are satisfied that it is being done in an open and transparent way, unlike what has happened in the immediate period before,” said Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) in referring to his Government’s bold initiative to address the long standing issues of status for expats residing in the territory for decades.

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