Press Release

Immigration Department
Premier's Office
Release Date:
Friday, 8 September 2023 - 4:15pm

The “Review of Policy and Processes for Granting Residency and Belongership” Report was tabled in the House of Assembly, yesterday September 7.

            Premier and Minister responsible for Immigration, Honourable Dr. Natlatio D. Wheatley said during the Third Sitting of the First Session of the Fifth House of Assembly that the recommendations within the Commission of Inquiry’s Independent Reviewer’s Report on Belongership and Residency in the Virgin Islands offers a distinct opportunity in shaping the trajectory of progress in the Territory.           

Premier Wheatley noted that, “The recommendations of this review have now been presented to us, and I wish to emphasize that this presents us with a unique opportunity; an opportunity to shape the future of our beloved British Virgin Islands in a manner that is firmly grounded in respect for the law and recognition of the privilege granted to individuals who wish to make these beautiful Virgin Islands their home.”

The Premier also stated that the independent reviewer's report will function as the basis for proposals and recommendations that will inform the necessary amendments to our legislation, and the formulation of relevant policies.

He further explained by saying, “We understand that these changes must reflect the evolving needs and aspirations of our people and the challenges we face as a society.”

The report emphasises the need for considerations within the following areas for the creation of a more effective immigration policy: Economic needs; social and cultural impact; security concerns; legal framework; capacity and resources; political considerations;  and international relations. Essentially emphasizing the focus, which must be paramount for the Virgin Islands to meet its Sustainable Development goals and needs in the interest of its people.

The independent report also highlights the significance of addressing pervasive issues surrounding immigration. The report can be accessed on the Government’s official website.

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sustainable Development is committed to operating in a manner that is transparent, consultative, and inclusive.




Sonjé Greenidge

Information Officer II
Department of Information and Public Relations (GIS)
Telephone: 468-2742