I was hoping someone could shed some light on my situation for me. I was born in Tortola in 1980 which makes me eligible to come there with my British overseas passport as a citizen I believe – are you able to tell me if there are any additional documents I need to come and work? According to the passport office I can just can on over as I was born there before 1983. I just don’t want to appear and have any surprises.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
This is a fantastic question. I don’t know the answer because this has never come up before. I will say this, it is unlikely that you can just show up and start working without any hiccups.
I would advise that you speak to The Chief Immigration Officer before you decide to hop on a plane and come to the BVI for work. If you only have a British passport I know for a fact you cannot work without a work permit. Although if you have a BVI birth Certificate from before 1983 in theory you should be able to do so. They might require you get a passport or belonger status before you can work but I am not sure.
I definitely recommend the following:
- Talk to the Chief Immigration Officer. (currently Mrs. Geraldine Ritter-Freeman)
- Request an email which lists all required documents that you will need to bring with you in order to confirm you are entitled to BV Islander Status. (Birth Certificate, proof address, etc.)
- Set up an appointment with Immigration, for when you arrive in the territory.
- Take all of the required documents, from the list they emailed you, INCLUDING a print out of the actual email they sent you with all of the requirements.
- Cross your fingers. JK 😉
Either way, let us know how it goes. The content on this website is from people like yourself who have shared the info with us.
Here are all of the contact details for BVI Immigration Department
P.O. Box 2299
Road Town, Tortola
Virgin Islands (British) VG1110
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cashier : 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Telephone: 1(284) 468-4700
Fax: 1(284) 468-4729