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Rankin: Over 1000 new apps for residency & belongership made since Jan 2022

- expresses disappointment with the delays in 'huge backlog' of applications being addressed
United Kingdom (UK) appointed Governor John J. Rankin, CMG has once again expressed disappointment with the delay in the implementation of reforms coming out of the UK-sponsored Commission of Inquiry (CoI). Photo: Facebook
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. Photo: Facebook
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. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- United Kingdom (UK) appointed Governor John J. Rankin, CMG has once again expressed disappointment with the delay in the implementation of reforms coming out of the UK-sponsored Commission of Inquiry (CoI).

The Governor at a press conference attended by just two media entities today, April 6, 2023, said only 20 of the 48 recommendations have been completed to date and the Minister for Overseas Territories Lord Goldsmith is also not pleased with the pace of the implementation of reforms.

Huge backlog of applications

One of the areas the Governor is displeased with is what he said was the delay in the processing of applications for residency and belongership.

“There is a huge backlog of old applications and since the 1st of January last year over one thousand new applications have been made but little if any progress has been made in dealing with them.”

Mr Rankin said he is working with the Premier and his Office and the Deputy Governor’s Office to find a solution.

“This will require a significant amount of time and resources but frankly this should have happened already.”

Governor Rankin reminded that under the Framework Document, the Government made a commitment to prioritise and allocate resources to the agreed reforms.

Audit on ‘Fast Track Programme’ received- Governor

The Governor also said he was pleased to announce he has received the audit on the 2019 Residency and Belongership Fast Track Programme and that he is working through it in consultation with others as appropriate.

“I look forward to its publication in due course.”

The Fast Track Programme was led by former Premier Andrew A. Fahie to help alleviate a backlog of applications that had accumulated over the years.

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.

More than 1000 of the persons receiving status were from the ‘Fast Track’ Regularisation Programme.

27 Responses to “Rankin: Over 1000 new apps for residency & belongership made since Jan 2022”

  • cay (06/04/2023, 16:26) Like (21) Dislike (38) Reply
    He wants the place to be flooded with whites
    • @Cay (07/04/2023, 15:51) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Fully agree with you. However this new proposed policy needs to be discussed with the entire BVI public before it is approved as this is an attempt to put Caribbean people in the minority in the BVI and that includes locals whether born or belongers.
      • Caribbean Person (08/04/2023, 07:58) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Are you serious? So the BVI is not Caribbean? Oh no I forget....y'all are AMERICANS!!!
  • Blind Man (06/04/2023, 17:37) Like (12) Dislike (28) Reply
    Governor you trying your best to undermine this election but it's not going to happen.
  • They blaming you (06/04/2023, 17:39) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    It’s said the coi team is who causing the delay
    So they just taking the applications and rest them down like office furniture !
  • Shush (06/04/2023, 17:44) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    Racist. some of us brown
  • down2earth (06/04/2023, 17:58) Like (14) Dislike (28) Reply
    Given the size of the Virgin Islands, the population is too high! As a result, we have an increase in poverty, crime, and a general degradation in all aspects of our society. We have been generous in allowing persons to (unfortunately) live and work for very extended periods of time. It is time to end the friendship!
    (It's ok to get angry, governments all over the world including right here in the Caribbean give an 'it's time to leave notice' base on population growth and all the fall outs as a result of.)

    A native Virgin Islander to the Nth generation
  • Well Sah (06/04/2023, 18:44) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
    Mitch gotta go
  • No teeth Lion. (06/04/2023, 18:54) Like (28) Dislike (8) Reply
    That's the Governor and Britain..Jokers. ..My Father have his Belongers application in long long, he here almost 40 yrs, 39 to be exact, not even a call to update his status, when he call they will call back, no one never call. Me and my two other brothers born here.. This is mainly staff in immigration office dictating things, these weak politicians can't control them. This Immigration Chief needs to go, he has no control over the dept.. I talk to the Premier. I talk to the Chief and im getting the same answer like the office. I will look into it and call you with an update, not one ever call. Anyhow, I am voting NDP, One my brothers voting PVIM and one voting VIP.. Only the Governor can fix this issue, seems like its too big for politicians..
  • HelpusfromHonkeytonk (06/04/2023, 19:00) Like (17) Dislike (17) Reply
    The British wants to undermine the pisition of the Virgin Islanders. They want to bring white political parties to put us back in slavery. The voice of the Virgin Islander will be drowned out. Them Edomites are no good.
  • Lb (06/04/2023, 19:01) Like (12) Dislike (10) Reply
    They want us to give away our rights Willy nilly
  • Breaking New (06/04/2023, 19:20) Like (12) Dislike (8) Reply
    Road Town will soon become London Town: these day every corner bike riders, joggers, social walkers and private gyms
    • To Breaking new (06/04/2023, 22:24) Like (11) Dislike (8) Reply
      That might be a good thing. Road Town is not in the best of condition currently.
  • What's the Governor movtive? (06/04/2023, 19:22) Like (13) Dislike (16) Reply
    I think the governor is being a bit hypocritical in this matter, he is fully aware of the situation and the challenges Central government is facing in this situation. Past governors are culpable in this matter as well.
    The UK with all the resources in the world is having problems of its own with immigration especially with thoes migrants coming over from France, 500 illegal migrants came into the UK alone yesterday, the UK government is under pressure to solved the problem, which has seen hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants flooding the system since 2010.
    Further they are experiencing huge delays in backlogs of asylum claims, coupled with backlogs for thoes who have genuinely qualify for naturalisation as a British citizen. Citizens are experiencing significant delays in receiving new and renewal of passports as well, the Home Office performance is in a mess at the moment. Therefore I have sympathy for the bvi government, because immigration the world over is a very complex problem in trying to protect the indigenous population.

    I am aware both situations are different but the principles are the same, the governor can intervene and maybe request outside help from the UK to assist local government because it seems implementing the recommendations appears to be challenging for the government.
    The immigration problem in the bvi is also the making of past and present governments as well, they didn't put appropriate measures in place to control immigration, you have given everyone the right to come and work in the bvi, with the view of becoming citizens after ten years and beyond, you cannot have an open immigration policy for such a small place there must be targets in place. To do what is happening now is to change the dynamics of the bvi which we witnessing presently. Now, why has there been so many applications after the Coi recommendations?
    I sadly think, the new government may have to put on another fast track program to reduce the backlogs, if the applicants are qualified. However new legislations must be introduced alongside the programme, coupled with migration targets and written guidances to accompanied the legislation.
    This immigration circus cannot continue forever. Past and present governors are also defendants in this saga as well but as usually they sit back and allow the mess to happen and then come through the back door as saviours.
  • Bbi (06/04/2023, 21:52) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    We like to jump asbwe here somethings the very govermentjust want us to fight amongs ourself so we can mmake the wrong choice hoping rhings go wrong and the set up their strtegies to take over the contry and rule over us just watch and see open our eyes to their trick
  • BVI Is Finished (06/04/2023, 23:24) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wolves and Leopards are trying to kill the sheep and the shepherd.
  • Staff (07/04/2023, 01:41) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Immigration staff is all about how they feel about you or
    Doing their friends favors if they don’t like you they will hide your application never to get near cabinet
    Doesn’t matter how u qualify
    This has been ongoing for years now.
    Don’t matter who’s in charge this is b/s is not going to stop
  • HMMM (07/04/2023, 03:27) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Didn't we just have a fast-tracked four percent increase to our Belongership Register? Why is our Governor pushing for another so soon? We are a small country and to be frank we need a new Government with the cahonas to shut implement laws to curtail this free for all immigration issue.

    Truth be told, the Governor should be out there with his Police Force looking for all the illegal immigrants. When driving the country it is obvious they are boldly walking Main Street and obviously don't have a job to go to. Who is checking this? You see many at 8:00, and at 2:00 they are still there. Can we have visitors as interlopers in our country. As per the world, don't they have to be working or attending college? We are busy trying to get legal belongerships while the illegal persons no one is checking on.
  • My God (07/04/2023, 06:16) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Release the report Governor. You and Showande received it three months ago and if you didn't mention it in your press conference yesterday we John public would not of known about it. What's the secret, what are they holding back from us. We need to know what's in the report.
  • M (07/04/2023, 08:16) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Not sure why this did wager to over populate our small territory . There is a bigger picture here. Wake up BVI.
  • Do not (07/04/2023, 08:20) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Do not let this man over populate the territory.
  • no way (07/04/2023, 08:45) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    There are quotas on granting status. The governor knows it. Who ever we elect must stop this madness.
  • my2cents (07/04/2023, 08:48) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am English, been here 20 years. Children were born here, I have no status here. Every day I have worked and paid into a system I will likely never benefit from. Once you’ve swallowed the hate please tell me if that’s fair? I keep my head down and do my work, I work with some amazing Virgin Islanders, they make me feel humble, but there are also the rotten eggs that sit on their phones all day blaming everyone else for their lack of promotion. On another note, please stop comparing Uk immigration problems to the BVI, two very different things, the Uk is trying to deal with thousands of immigrants every day who are fleeing hardship and war torn countries. Educate yourself before commenting please.
  • watch (07/04/2023, 09:16) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
    1000 more permanent parasites and contributors of dung we do not need.
    Weed out those that are positive contributors with a positive future outlook and none of their countrymen are housed in Balsum , have them deposit a few hundred grand in our bank as collateral.
    The BVI has become an overloaded ton load of shite wobbling and spilling as it creeps along. Stop it now!
    • @ watch (08/04/2023, 15:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      How dare you call other humans parasites ?
      The same island ppl parasites assisted after Irma/Maria
      Who you feel is a queen ?
      U envious fat filth ...
  • Mr Governor (07/04/2023, 15:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I believe they’ll get this unfairness to end soon
    Somebody’s watching /looking out ...
  • black power (07/04/2023, 20:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    No to making the bvi a white state say no to apartheid say no to rankings

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