Governor of British Virgin Islands Calls for Immediate Action to Clear Backlogged Residency and Belonger Applications
The Governor of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), John Rankin, has outlined a number of measures to clear the backlog of residency and Belonger applications, which currently stands at 2,226 as of 1 June 2023.
The Governor suggests digitizing the application system instead of continuing with the current paper-based system.
He also recommends hiring more staff to process applications and creating a system where interviews are reserved for those who absolutely need it.
The Governor indicated that the government needs to create a system where interviews are reserved only for persons who absolutely need it.
The Governor also added that the government needs to create a system where interviews are reserved only for persons who absolutely need it.
It is unclear why the government has not implemented these changes, as Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley has not yet made a statement in response to the Governor’s claims.
The Governor also stated that if reforms continue to lag, he may have to use his powers to access public funds to implement the necessary actions that need to be taken.