Changes to the policy that requires expatriate parents to pay a fee so their BVI-born infants can remain in the territory will be announced this month.
“I have in fact reviewed that [policy],” Premier Dr D Orlando Smith said during a press briefing on Monday.
“My Chief Immigration Officer and others have been looking into the matter and I’ll be prepared to make a statement on that very soon – certainly within the next two weeks.”
Premier Smith had promised to look into the policy back in August after government legislator Alvera Maduro Caines stood in the House of Assembly and described it as unjust.
In breaking down the policy to BVI News, Chief Immigration Officer Ian Penn explained that an infant of parents with no prerogative/right to the territory is still subject to Immigration control even if that infant was born here.
“Yes, persons may think that where you’re born is where you’re from in terms of status. But that’s not entirely the case here because of the British Nationality Act of which we are guided by in terms of status, nationality, citizenship,” he explained.
A child born in the BVI of expat parents is subject to pay a fee of $25 to remain, Penn said.
According to the aforementioned British law, parents who do not pay this fee would have caused their children to ‘overstay’.
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