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Nothing wrong with 20-year wait in Immigration policy

Nothing wrong with 20-year wait in Immigration policy

There is nothing wrong with the government’s revised policy which recommends a 20-year wait before persons can apply for belongership in the territory. This is according to Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sustainable Development Joseph […]

by / on March 1, 2024 at 9:40 AM /
The Virgin Gorda Police Station

14 illegal immigrants found on VG

Officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) discovered a group of 11 illegal immigrants hiding in an abandoned building on Virgin Gorda early Thursday morning. The discovery marks the continuation of concerning incidents involving the ongoing issue of […]

by / on March 1, 2024 at 8:07 AM /
The winning design for the West End (WE) Ferry terminal project.

10-year return projected on WE Ferry Terminal investment

The West End Ferry Terminal project is expected to recoup its initial investment within 10 years, Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley told lawmakers recently. Dr Wheatley said he could not provide a cost estimate for the project, arguing that he would […]

by / on March 1, 2024 at 7:42 AM /
Belonger status harder for non-English speakers?

Belonger status harder for non-English speakers?

With the approval of the territory’s new Belonger Status and Permanent Residence Policy, there are indications that non-English speakers may have to work harder to gain the controversial statuses of residency and belongership. The policy sets forth guidelines on the […]

by / on March 1, 2024 at 6:18 AM /
A section of the British Virgin Islands

Tourism Association forges new partnership with gov’t

The BVI Yachting Hotel and Tourism Association (BVIYHTA) recently participated in a strategic meeting with Premier and Tourism Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley where they shared their resolve to advance the BVI’s tourism product., The BVIYHTA said the meeting with the […]

by / on March 1, 2024 at 6:02 AM /
Scene at the festival village in Road Town during a previous emancipation festival.

Premier, Penn clash over VIF&FC shift to Tourist Board

Eighth District Representative, Marlon Penn has accused Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley of acting outside of the law in moving the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs (VIF&F) Committee to the BVI Tourist Board recently. The government moved to dissolve the VIF&F […]

by / on February 29, 2024 at 8:07 AM /
Cabinet approves new 20-year Belonger policy

Cabinet approves new 20-year Belonger policy

Cabinet has officially approved the new Belonger Status and Permanent Residence Policy aimed at addressing critical aspects of immigration. The policy recommends that persons must reside in the territory for 20 years before becoming eligible to apply for Belonger status […]

by / on February 29, 2024 at 7:50 AM /
Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

Gov’t to remove illegal structures on Crown lands

With the development of the new Crown Land Policy, the government has announced it is moving to address illegal development on Crown lands, including the removal of derelict vehicles, boats, and heavy equipment machinery on these lands. Permanent Secretary in […]

by / on February 29, 2024 at 6:18 AM /
Junior Minister Karl Dawson

Jobs are there but youngsters don’t want them

As the community continues to debate whether the state of the economy is responsible for an uptick in crime, Junior Minister Dr Karl Dawson has posited that some youngsters just aren’t interested in the jobs that the economy has to […]

by / on February 29, 2024 at 6:14 AM /
Mrs BVI 2024, Mrs Rhonda Victor Pinnock.

Pinnock to compete in Mrs Globe International Pageant

Mrs Rhonda Victor Pinnock is set to grace the prestigious Mrs Globe International Pageant in Hainan, China, on March 9, 2024.  Mrs Pinnock, a mother of three girls, was recently crowned Mrs BVI 2024/25, and embodies the essence of grace, […]

by / on February 29, 2024 at 6:03 AM /