The VIP’s government’s fast track initiative to regularise select expatriate residents is back on track and is scheduled to recommence on Wednesday, Premier Andrew Fahie has said.
In a media release on Monday, the Premier said the recommencement is indicative that his government listened to the people of the territory.
“Having listened to the people, adjusted the policy accordingly, and having given the Immigration Department the time needed to put the necessary measures in place, it is now time to implement this fast-tracking programme,” he said.
The Premier said applicants will have a three-week period to collect and submit their application forms along with the required documents. All documents are to be submitted at the Immigration Department based at the RJT Edifice Building, Wickham’s Cay I.
In the meantime, applicants in the ‘third generation BVIslander’ category, will have six week-period to return their completed application forms and supporting documents to the department.
The Premier who is also the Minister of Finance said: “Relative to the grant of certificate that a person Belongs (Belonger) — $800 per applicant. Persons qualifying for both Resident and Belonger Status — $1,500 per applicant [and] Third Generation descendants — $800 per applicant.”
He informed that an additional $10 fee would be charged for the issuance of the relevant card bearing proof of the status received.
Notably, the fees did not change from the initial introduction of the programme when it was referred to as an amnesty earlier this year.
In the event that persons are unable to meet the aforementioned deadline “for one reason or the other”, they will be able to pursue applications for Belonger and Resident Status through the regular channels and at the regular fees, he further said.
Premier Fahie also urged persons who are suitably qualified to take advantage of the opportunity.
To become eligible for Belonger status an expat must be residing in the territory for at least 20 years.
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