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Plans To Improve Immigration Customer Service

Plans To Improve Immigration Customer Service

In looking at ways to improve customer service and application processing times at the Department of Immigration, the Minister of Home Affairs Walton Brown has been working with department staff to “create both short-term and medium-term plans.” “In order to address outstanding applications and bring them up to date, a short-term solution... Read more of this article

‘Mixed Feelings’ Over Uighurs Getting Citizenship

‘Mixed Feelings’ Over Uighurs Getting Citizenship

The ‘Supporting Fair Immigration Reform’ group said they “have mixed feelings with the granting of BOTC citizenship to the Uighurs“, explaining that some members are pleased with this news, while other members were not pleased that the Uighurs’ immigration situation is “resolved faster than someone who has been living... Read more of this article

Group Urges Government To Reform Immigration

Group Urges Government To Reform Immigration

The ‘Supporting Fair Immigration Reform’ group is urging the Government to “fulfill its own stated promise of comprehensive bipartisan immigration reform to correct the injustices and divisions that exists within many families in Bermuda.”A spokesperson said, “The individuals behind the ‘Supporting Fair Immigration... Read more of this article

Minister: New Entertainers Policy For Immigration

Minister: New Entertainers Policy For Immigration

A ‘New Entertainers Policy for Immigration’ will be introduced effective 30th July, Minister of Home Affairs Walton Brown said in the House of Assembly. “The Department of Immigration and the Bermuda Entertainment Union [BEU] have worked together to draft the new policy,” the Minister explained. “It should be noted that... Read more of this article

Group Urges Progress On Immigration Reform

Group Urges Progress On Immigration Reform

[Updated] The “Supporting Fair Immigration Reform” group said they applaud Premier David Burt for recognizing the Portuguese community by announcing a public holiday to commemorate the anniversary of the arrival of the first Portuguese immigrants, however they “remain concerned about the current dilemma of immigration reform that many Portuguese... Read more of this article

Reminder: BOTC Bermuda Passport Holders

Reminder: BOTC Bermuda Passport Holders

The Department of Immigration today [May 23] issued the following reminder to all British Overseas Territories Citizen [BOTC] Bermuda passport holders.Do not book/confirm travel plans unless you have a valid passportGenerally, passports with a validity of six months or more may be used for travel before there is a requirement to apply for a new... Read more of this article

ICO Annuls Immigration Board PATI Decision

ICO Annuls Immigration Board PATI Decision

Information Commissioner Gitanjali Gutierrez has annulled a decision by the Board of Immigration in reference to a PATI request, with the decision requiring them to issue a new initial decision to the Applicant’s PATI request. “Information Commissioner Gitanjali Gutierrez issued Decision 04/2018, which annulled a decision by the Board of Immigration... Read more of this article

Group Urge Govt To Work On Immigration Reform

Group Urge Govt To Work On Immigration Reform

The “Supporting Fair Immigration Reform” group said they “urge the Government to continue to work on completing comprehensive bipartisan immigration reform to correct the injustices and divisions that it has created within families.” A spokesperson said, “The individuals behind the ‘Supporting Fair Immigration Reform’ Facebook... Read more of this article

Court Rules On Minister’s Refusal In PRC Case

Court Rules On Minister’s Refusal In PRC Case

Following legal action filed by Arne Schwarz over the Minister’s refusal to grant him a Permanent Resident’s Certificate [PRC], the Supreme Court has declined his application to direct that the Minister grant him a PRC, however has quashed the decision of the Minister and remitted the matter to him for reconsideration. The Court’s ruling... Read more of this article

Immigration Reform Working Group’s Report

Immigration Reform Working Group’s Report

The Immigration Reform Working Group delivered their report to the Government yesterday and it has now been released to the public, with the 15-page report detailing their recommendations, with the Group noting that “care was taken to identify potential impacts on stakeholders within the Bermuda community be they social, cultural, political or... Read more of this article

Video: Immigration Working Group Deliver Report

Video: Immigration Working Group Deliver Report

[Updated] Minister of Home Affairs Walton Brown held a press conference this afternoon [Oct 31] to announce that the Immigration Reform Working Group is handing over their report to the Government.The press conference has just concluded and we will have additional information later on, and in the meantime the 8-minute live video replay is below.Update... Read more of this article

Video: Minister Walton Brown On Immigration Bill

Video: Minister Walton Brown On Immigration Bill

Minister of Home Affairs Walton Brown held a press conference today [Oct 19] to address a “number of concerns that have been raised” about the Bermuda Immigration And Protection [No. 2] Act, which he said will be debated tomorrow in Parliament. Minister Brown said, “There has been a litany of comments made about what this Bill will provide... Read more of this article

‘Only Permitted The Agents To Minimally Assist’

‘Only Permitted The Agents To Minimally Assist’

The Department of Immigration has confirmed they “only permitted the agents to minimally assist the local agents,” with the Department also noting that they were “only made aware of the agents’ pending arrival when they were in flight to Bermuda; no prior notice or guidance was sought.” This follows after a Virgin Atlantic... Read more of this article