Premier Andrew Fahie is calling on castoff and statusless third-generation BVIslanders living overseas to return to the territory to receive Belongership.
He made the appeal at Monday’s sitting of House of Assembly when amendments to the territory’s Immigration and Passport Act successfully passed.
These amendments were done to facilitate his government’s regularisation programme.
“With the passing of this [Immigration] Act, all Virgin Islanders who are third generation can come home. They have a chance now to get their Belongership with this fast-track,” the Premier said.
The Premier, however, noted that this Belongership offer will only last for a limited time — a little more than a month.
He said: “Whether you are in New York, Atlanta, Timbuktu, England, Guam, Dubai, every third Virgin Islander have a chance in the next six weeks when we announce the date when the applications will be coming.”
While noting that the decision was made less than 24 hours before Monday’s June 2 sitting of the House, Premier Fahie also explained the circumstances which resulted in third-generation BVIslanders now becoming eligible after living overseas.
“We have a lot of persons who for medical reasons had their children abroad and there are Virgin Islanders and their children grew up and got older and got their children abroad, but now that child abroad can come home to the Virgin Islands and claim their grandparent’s rights,” Fahie said.
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