Eligible expats in BVI to benefit from residency amnesty

Pedro Gonçalves
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Eligible expats in BVI to benefit from residency amnesty

The BVI Premier has pledged to regularise expatriates who are eligible to benefit from residency status in the British Virgin Islands.

"There are people here who have lived and worked successfully for 15 and 20 years and more who have met every criterion for residency but whose application has stuck somewhere for no obvious reason," the Premier Andrew Fahie told BVI News.

He said the "vexing issue" affects "thousands of people" who he described as persons who are made to "live in the shadows".

There are people here who have lived and worked successfully for 15 and 20 years and more who have met every criterion for residency but whose application has stuck somewhere for no obvious reason"

Fahie further said priority is being placed on the matter because the local economy can only be repaired if "people come first".

He said because of the lack of status, the territory does not benefit from the cadre of potential expatriate investors that is available. They will  "send all their money back to their country of origin," he added.

"It is both an urgent economic and moral issue. Their (expatriates) children are also suffering, severely limiting their opportunity for growth and limiting our ability to access their human resource potential," he added.

"In short order, we shall consider having such friends, brothers and sisters with no police record or with no security concerns regularised through an amnesty."