Statistics from Premier Andrew Fahie has indicated that just under 200 Belongership statuses were issued to expatriate residents in the last two years while the NDP was still in government.
Premier Fahie provided the statistics at a recent sitting of the House of Assembly while responding to questions from Opposition legislator, Julian Fraser.
He said 75 Belongerships were issued between January 1, 2017, and February 10, 2018. A total of 115 were found to be issued between January 1, 2018, and to February 10, 2019.
There were a total of 47 Belongership granted through marriage and 28 through tenure (years spent in the BVI) in 2017.
“For January 1, 2017, to December 2017, we must take this one with an ‘asterisk’ because this was the year of the hurricane so business was not as usual,” Premier Fahie explained.
When the BVI issued 115 Belongerships between January 2018 and February 10, 2019, 48 were through marriage will the remaining 69 was through tenure.
Notably, the new VIP government recently launched a regularization initiative to grant Belongership and/or permanent residency to select expatriate residents. However, following a major backlash from members of the indigenous population and subsequent town hall meetings with government, the Fahie administration has postponed that initiative.
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