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Nearly 40 naturalised, now ‘entitled’ to British jobs, pursuing education as UK citizens

Coming off the heels of being naturalised as British Overseas Territories citizens, nearly 40 persons from across the Caribbean and the wider world are now British citizens. 

They received their naturalisation certificates during a ceremony last Tuesday at the governor’s residence in Road Town, a government press release has said. 

During that ceremony, they “recited the Oath of Allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen and the Pledge of Loyalty to the United Kingdom (UK)”. 

Capitalise on the benefits

Governor August Jaspert who presided over the ceremony urged the new citizens to capitalise on the benefits that their citizenship now affords.

Some of these benefits include being entitled to jobs, pursuing studies in the UK as well as entry into the United States under the visa waiver programme, the Governor said.

He also offered congratulatory remarks and encouraged them to be responsible citizens.

 “The new freedom you would now enjoy also comes with new responsibilities. Responsibilities to think about the community of which you have now joined, to uphold what we call our shared British values, courtesy, respect and concern for others less fortunate than ourselves in society,” Governor Jaspert said.

Important milestone

Also delivering remarks at the ceremony, Registrar General Stephanie Benn reminded the newly naturalised citizens that the day was an important milestone for them.

“Today is a significant moment for all, as we are gathered here to recognise and welcome all 39 British Territory Citizens through naturalisation as British citizens. This ceremony confirms your registration as a British citizen,” she said.

The release further said British citizenship was extended to all British Overseas Territories (BOT) citizens as a result of the British Overseas Territories Act of 2002. Persons naturalised as BOT citizens following the enactment of the Act on May 21, 2002, do not automatically become British citizens but are eligible to register as British citizens.

It continued: “The extension of British citizenship to British Overseas Territories citizens was part of the UK Government’s 1999 White Paper entitled Partnership for Progress and Prosperity, which outlined the UK’s policy in respect of the Overseas Territories.”

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  1. Citizen says:

    No, they’re not “citizens of the BVI,” they’re citizens of the UK. The BVI doesn’t grant citizenship.

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    • A bit miguided says:

      They are citizens of BVI as you need permission from the UK to legally reside with a BOTC passport in the UK. Don confuse the people now. Remember there are several kinds of British citizenships but some of these come with limitations.

    • Question says:

      So, if you bahn here, you a Belonger but not a citizen? What does the BVI passport say?

    • Confused says:

      The BVI is granting Citizenship, you can apply for it. Only after you are a BVI-citizen you can apply for UK-citizenship, so he must have meant they are now entitled to jobs in the UK since being BVI-citizens they can have local jobs without a work permit.

  2. Congrats says:

    Congrats to each and everyone of you.I give you guys your props for doing it the way it is suppose to be done.

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  3. Not a level playing field says:

    How nice to be UK citizens yet UK citizens have to wait what 25 years here in bvi

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