Press Release

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sustainable Development
Premier's Office
Release Date:
Friday, 6 October 2023 - 9:36am

The Government of the Virgin Islands is seeking public input on the development of revised immigration policies.

The formulation of these policies is in alignment with the Government’s overall objective to strengthen policy guidelines for processing Residence and Belonger status applications.

The public will provide feedback during town hall meetings that will be scheduled to take place on the four main islands.

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 Residence and Belonger status in the Virgin Islands offer a distinct opportunity in shaping the trajectory of progress in the Territory.           

Premier Wheatley said, “The recommendations of this review have now been presented to us, and I wish to emphasise that this presents us with a unique 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 said that it is critical to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sustainable Development that all organisations and stakeholders that constitute the immigration policy institutional framework contribute to the ongoing discussion on the revised policy.

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

“We understand that these changes must reflect the evolving needs and aspirations of our people and the challenges we face as a society,” the Premier stated.

The independent report also highlights the significance of addressing pervasive issues surrounding immigration. The report and related survey can be accessed on the Government of the Virgin Islands official website at The public is also invited to submit written submissions to the ministry via

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