Residents are being urged to submit feedback by Friday, February 2 on the territory’s proposed immigration policy.
Premier Dr. the Honourable Natalio Wheatley made the plea during a recent televised release as he stressed the importance of public feedback to assist with the finalization of the new immigration policy.
Premier Wheatley noted that the policy is currently in its final draft following extensive consultations across the islands.
He said this final stage is a testament to the BVI Government’s collective vision and commitment to the sustainable development of the territory.
Under the current proposed policy, applicants must be ordinarily resident in the territory for at least 10 years before becoming eligible to apply for permanent residence, while to become eligible to apply for belonger status, an applicant must be ordinarily resident in the territory for at least 20 years.
Premier Wheatley noted that the length of time in the territory would not be the only factor in considering the status of applicants, as there is a criterion that each applicant must fulfil.
Premier Wheatley said the new policy once completed will allow for a more controlled and beneficial immigration process which he said will contribute to the overall well-being and prosperity of the territory.