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Number of issued BVI visas almost doubles, high demand leads to longer wait

With what is being described as an ‘unprecedented increase’ in issued visas in the British Virgin Islands, persons requiring the travel document to visit or work during the Christmas season must now wait roughly two weeks before their visa process is completed.

The process outside the peak seasons – summer and Christmas – is approximately three days.

Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Deputy Governor Carolyn Stoutt-Igwe told BVI News on Wednesday that the number of issued visas to the territory has almost doubled in 2018.

“The office is at 4,500 [visas] and climbing and it’s normally in the 2,500 region,” she said.

Stoutt-Igwe further said the bulk of the visa applicants are mostly from the Caribbean region. Currently, Guyanese, Jamaicans, Haitians and natives of the Dominican Republic require a visa to enter the territory.

Stoutt-Igwe said, largely, the increase in issued BVI visas is a result of the aftermath of last year’s catastrophic hurricanes.

She said the Civil Registry and Passport Office, is therefore tasked with processing the high visa demand that is known to come with the Christmas season, along with the numerous visa applications for skilled workers that continue to pour in.

“Additionally, at this time of the year, some staff members are proceeding on their annual leave so the office is not at full capacity. So rather than having people coming to the office and becoming frustrated, it is better to extend the [visa processing] window so that the office has sufficient time to meet the increasing demand.”

Things to know about the visa application process

A government-issued bulletin said Mondays and Wednesdays remain submission days for visa applications on Tortola.

Persons wishing to apply at the Virgin Gorda branch may submit their applications throughout the work week.

Applicants are reminded that, in order to apply for a visa, their passports must have at least six more months before it is expires.

The passport office has also advised applicants to refrain from booking flights before they have been successful in obtaining a visa as this will not expedite the processing time.

For persons seeking emergency visas to travel, proof of the emergency must be submitted through a doctor’s certificate.

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  1. Bob says:

    Speak the true,3wks for who living here on 3 months when you apply from outside Bull S…

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  2. Enoughofthem! says:

    Why we bringing all these visa needing people here for? Looks like we in business of work permits, Immigation clearance and Visa entry selling. When will they return to their homelands? 99 Percent comes without wife, or girl friend, what does that say? Then they will be trying to break up your family with their emotional needs. Make sure they go back after a year. We don’t want to see our place infested with these low-rider pants, boxer exposed men from Above Round Rock. Mine Eh!!

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    • Rough Rider says:

      Yea, they must break up families. 90% of you don’t know how to keep a home, how to treat your husband or wife… 95% of you can’t even prepare a decent meal. Check the Restaurants every morning, especially on sundays …..Hahahahaaaa, u ain’t start bawling yet ????????????

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    • Dom.Rep says:

      You are a really mad soul. Fine Jesus in your heart. Infested!!! We wasnt infested when your people was all over the caribbean looking for food back them days.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Total and comprehensive screening must be priority one.

    Jamaicans, Dominicans and Vincentians? Yo better take warning. Our home has already lost to much of its original character.

    Shall we not try to hold on to even a little for the sake of making a dollar?

    He who sells his land never gets it back, Likewise, He who loses his souls never retrieves it.

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  4. Hmmm says:

    That’s a lot of revenue for the country. Visas at $175 x 4,500 is a whopping $787,500.

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