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January 29th, 2024
Jamaican allegedly denied entry into VI although a Belonger- Hon Fraser claims

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A Jamaican who is a Virgin Islands Belonger was allegedly denied entry to the Territory as they were not a holder of a Virgin Islands (VI) visa, Opposition Member and Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA has claimed.

December 6th, 2023
Chief Immigration Officer Ian B. Penn to retire this month

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After being confirmed as the Chief Immigration Officer on September 3, 2020, and with many years in the Immigration Department, Chief Immigration Officer Mr Ian B. Penn, an indigenous Virgin Islander, is to retire from the public service.

January 30th, 2023
Chief Immigration Officer blasts BVI News for false, unverified reporting

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Local online news tabloid BVI News has found itself in yet another false reporting scandal. This time it is over a report alleging that detainees under the purview of the Immigration Department had overpowered security at Hotel Castle Maria early last week.

May 20th, 2022
Haitian national escapes Immigration detention

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Chief Immigration Officer, Mr Ian B. Penn is seeking the public’s assistance to locate Haitian national Ms Elena Milord who escaped detention between the late hours of Wednesday, May 18 and early Thursday, May 19, 2022.

April 26th, 2022
15 Illegal Immigrants captured on Anegada

SETTING POINT, Anegada, VI- Chief Immigration Officer, Mr Ian B. Penn has said 15 illegal immigrants are now in the custody of the Department of Immigration following an exercise by the officers of the Joint Task Force on Anegada on Sunday, April 24, 2022.

April 5th, 2022
RVIPF accused of human smuggling coverup

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Talk show host, Claude O. Skelton-Cline has alleged a massive cover-up involving the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) over an alleged failed human smuggling attempt last Friday, April 1, 2022.

March 15th, 2022
3 persons who escaped Immigration detention last week recaptured

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Three detainees who escaped the Department of Immigration detention facility on Friday, March 11, 2022, have reportedly been recaptured.

December 29th, 2021
Immigration Dept seeking public's help locating 10 Haitians & 1 Venezuelan

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Department of Immigration is seeking the public's help in locating some 10 Haitians and 1 Venezuelan listed as persons of interest.

September 19th, 2021
2 wanted persons arrested following raid by Joint Task Force on VG

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- Three summonses have been issued for immigration-related offences and two persons were arrested and charged for unrelated matters following a recent successful operation by the Joint Task Force on Virgin Gorda.

February 21st, 2021
Immigration Department implements newly designed uniform

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- On Monday, February 15, 2021, customers who conducted business with the Department of Immigration had their first look at the officers wearing their newly designed uniform.

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