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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

HRC Commissioner To Join Reform Committee

HRC Commissioner To Join Reform Committee

“In the interest of collaboration on human rights and immigration issues in the long term, the Minister has invited a Commissioner of the HRC to join the Immigration Reform Committee and the HRC has accepted this invitation,” the Ministry and HRC said today. The joint statement said, “Following public statements issued last week by... Read more of this article

Group Urge Govt To Withdraw ‘Unfortunate Bill’

Group Urge Govt To Withdraw ‘Unfortunate Bill’

The ‘Supporting Fair Immigration Reform’ group said they have “strong concerns about the Government’s recently tabled Immigration Bill, and said they “implore and urge the Government to withdraw this unfortunate Bill and to allow its Comprehensive Immigration Reform process to unfold.” A spokesperson said, “The... Read more of this article

Videos: OBA Call For Bill To Be Withdrawn

Videos: OBA Call For Bill To Be Withdrawn

The OBA has released four online videos addressing the recently tabled Immigration Bill, with Senator Andrew Simons, Senator Nick Kempe and MP Susan Jackson all calling for Home Affairs Minister Walton Brown to withdraw the Bill. Senator Andrew Simons said, “Minister Walton Brown has tabled an Immigration Bill in the House of Assembly. That Bill... Read more of this article

Immigration & Protection Amendment Act 2017

Immigration & Protection Amendment Act 2017

The Bill that was tabled in the House — the Bermuda Immigration and Protection Amendment [No. 2] Act 2017 — is now available online, with the Bill seeking to amend the Bermuda Immigration and Protection Act 1956 and to make amendments to Schedule 2 to the Human Rights Act 1981. Speaking in the House last Friday, Minister of Home Affairs... Read more of this article