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LETTER: Tardiness for BVI visitor’s visa

Letter writer - Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 at 7:33 PM

I am the sponsor for one of my family member who has applied for a visitor’s visa through The British High Commission in Georgetown Guyana.

Recently, The British High Commission implemented a period of fifteen working days for this visa to be issued.

However, prior to this system visas would normally be issued on the same day when the application was submitted.

It has been over fifteen working days since my family member has applied for this visa.

I personally investigated the status of this visa and sadly learn that the documents are sitting at the BVI Passport Office for Approval.

Certainly I cannot get a flight for my relative to visit the BVI during the festival which was the main objective for my relative visit.

All flights to the BVI from Guyana are filled and no call was received from the embassy pertaining to this visa.

This is a continuous pattern of Tardiness when it comes to visitor’s visa since many more can testify to this contemptuous behavior.

Yours sincerely

R. Persaud

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  1. son of the soil
    July 26, 2013
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    we aint owe you nothing.

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  2. Hmmp!!!
    July 25, 2013
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    Maybe the hold up isn’t in our local visa office… it’s very possible it could be those at the embassy who is not doing there job or who is “too damn lazy”. Anybody that lives in the BVI and requires a visa knows that our local office is very accommodating…It’s probably the only place in the world where you can walk in the office and apply for a Visa on Monday or Wednesday and get it approved (in some cases) the same day or same week by Friday! People must think that our Government runs some kind of swap shop where you just give us some money you are automatically entitled to get your Visa! hmmmp… Try that with the USA! You have to apply months in advance and get all kind of background checks done before you can get approve… Then when they deny you, you better not say nothing or you will never get approved… Our Visa office has to do their checks as well! especially with being so close to the U.S. border our Our Government has to make certain as best as possible that they don’t let just anybody come in the BVI. So the only way to do that is to do the necessary checks… it’s common sense! Would you want strangers staying in your home and you know nothing about them?

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    • !!!!!
      July 25, 2013
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      The US embassy in guyana gives you a US visa with in two days. And they don’t ask for NO bank statement, no job letter nor no assets. Only the visa fees. Somkey that in your pipe Mr.

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    • .
      July 25, 2013
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      It’s no sense talking to these people. They are foreigners, here on our government’s good graces, and they will complain and complain until they have more rights than BVIslanders do.

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  3. Picko
    July 24, 2013
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    Picko need to look into this as this is departure tax we missing out on to fund our airport. what is dis.

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  4. ok
    July 24, 2013
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    IT HAS BECOME A HABIT WITH THE SYSTEM.
    THEY ARE STARTING TO FAIL THE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN NEED TO VISIT

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  5. .
    July 24, 2013
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    • Turely
      July 24, 2013
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      This is not about who require to get visa. This is about the waiting period.

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      • .
        July 24, 2013
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        Right. You do realize that the “waiting period” is the time needed to perform the necessary background checks on the individual being granted a visa, right?

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        • Concern
          July 25, 2013
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          So why they tell you 15 working days. when it takes a month. They to dam lazy.

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          • .
            July 26, 2013
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            And you too dam rude. Now cart your mother home. Go back where you come out.

      • @ .
        July 25, 2013
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        Thats not always the case. I have a friend that was here on a student visa, spent his money going to HLSCC and graduated in 2 years. He started UWI here and after a semester, he went back to Guyana to work in order to get money to come back and finish UWI (money in our economy). He applied for his student visa in October with the intention to start back school in January 2013. According to the VISA Embassy in GT, the application is was held up in BVI awaiting approval. With his mom many calls and visits to the passport office in BVI, they took her number each time and never returned a call. To make a long story short, his visa was not approved until April 2013. Student Visa should be worked on much quicker as its money coming into the economy, especially as all locals go to college in BVI for free. Why should it take 6 months and numerous unreturned calls to have a Visa approved? Its either being approved or denied. It has nothing to do with any government minister but rather it has everything to do with the civil servants that are responsible for such approval. “Leh we do dis ting!!!!”

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        • Jane
          July 26, 2013
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          there is a UWI presence in Guyana providing perhaps more options that they do in the BVI so I don’t get the need to come to BVI to study at UWI. Sorry, I think this is just a strategy for staying in the BVI. I don’t buy that one.

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  6. Pretty
    July 24, 2013
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    I too often wonder y it takes so long to approve one…. We really need to improve on these things

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    • Truely
      July 24, 2013
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      This is happening to me right now.I am waiting on my in laws visa.

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