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May 5th, 2024
Cabinet accepts granting of Certificates of Residence to 146 persons

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Some 146 persons are set to be granted Certificates of Residence while 39 have been approved for 4th Generation Belonger Status in the [British] Virgin Islands.

February 29th, 2024
New Belonger Status & Perm. Residence Policy approved by Cabinet

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The new immigration policy proposing the length of time a person must be residing in the territory to become eligible for residency and belongership status has been approved by Cabinet and is expected to be swiftly brought to the House of Assembly (HoA).

March 5th, 2021
Cabinet gives green light for 27 to be granted Belonger status

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Some 27 persons are set to become Belongers of the Virgin Islands, as Cabinet has given the green light for the granting of the status.

December 17th, 2019
Opposition to scrutinise ‘Fast Track Programme’ in HoA today, Dec 17, 2019

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands House of Assembly (HoA) will convene today, December 17, 2019 with the Fourth Sitting of the Second Session of the Fourth HoA from 10:00am at its chambers in Road Town, Tortola.

October 7th, 2019
‘Fast track’ regularisation programme may be reopened

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Persons who were unable to capitalise on the brief application window for the Clear Path to Regularisation: Residency and Belonger Status Programme' aka the ‘Fast Track’ initiative implemented by the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) administration may receive another opportunity to do so.

May 21st, 2019
If US sweeps VI of green card holders '90% will be gone'- Premier Fahie

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI- Speaking at a consultation meeting on the ‘fast track’ Residency and Belonger Status Regularisation initiative to give status to eligible persons residing in the Virgin Islands (VI) for fifteen years and more, Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said the practice of Virgin Islanders birthing their children out of the territory is eating away at the "indigenous" population.

March 7th, 2019
Amnesty for expats applying for ‘Residency Status’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The recently elected government of the Virgin Islands (VI) will be offering a period of amnesty, for all expatriates and other residents residing in the Territory that have reached and satisfactorily satisfied the requirements to be granted, ‘Residency Status.’

January 29th, 2019
Rights and Privileges a HUGE difference

By Donald E. de Castro

“Too old to be intimidated”

For years, here in The Virgin Islands, there is a continuous conversation by so many people in regards to children being born in this Territory by expatriate parents and about the length of time that so many expatriates have been here and cannot get Belongers Status. So while this conversation continues, I will list a number of Rights & Privileges to add to this conversation.

July 10th, 2017
‘I was not born here’- Chief Immigration Officer Ritter-Freeman

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Acting Chief Immigration Officer, Mrs Geraldine Ritter-Freeman dropped a bombshell this morning July 10, 2017 while appearing on the International Morning Ride Show with Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’.

September 20th, 2015
Fr Ronald Branche & wife bestowed with Honourary Belonger status

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Father Ronald Branche and his wife Mrs Heather Branche were decorated with certificates legitimising their status as Belongers, thanks to Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D Orlando Smith.

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