The Civil Registry & Passport Office has recorded a spike in the number of applications for citizenship in the territory.
According to Registrar General Stephanie Benn, the “upsurge” began after the 2017 hurricanes.
The Registrar General did not specify the magnitude of the upsurge but made note of the increase during the naturalisation ceremony of 80 expatriate residents on Tuesday.
She said the “ceremony is the second unprecedented one for this month”. Just a week ago, a similar ceremony was held for 80 others.
Naturalisation is a process under the British Nationality Act of 1981 whereby persons can become citizens of the Virgin Islands, government officials have explained.
Naturalised citizens are eligible to obtain a Virgin Islands passport. They are also eligible to apply to become a United Kingdom citizen.
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