Nick Cunha asked 9 years ago

Having read your section about dependants, it states that they may have to wait awhile before being able to join you. I understand that this will be subject to processing at different times, but typically how long is the wait. In your experience.

Lauren Charley replied 9 years ago

Good morning,

Immigration claims it will take 3-4 weeks from the time the application is processed. This can only be done when the partner obtaining the work permit has gone through the entire work permit process including everything that needs to be done once arriving in the BVI (ie. immigration, labour, medical clearance, until the moment you get your passport stamped by immigration).

However, experiences vary drastically. A friend of mine said it took her 8 weeks, a friend of her’s it took about the same time, and in one case it took several months for another person.

Everyone I have spoken to recommends not booking the flights until you have approval and are legally allowed to enter the territory as a Dependant.

I will remind you as well so as not to cause problems that unfortunately the dependant can not enter the territory at the time which the permit is being processed, not even on a tourist visa.

Good luck!

Ian replied 9 years ago

Thank you for you response. It is indeed a strange system, but wanted a bit more clarity as to timing which you have provided.