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A Davis
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those of us who live in the usvi may wish to partake of some of the activities hosted by our family and friends 'across the pond'...

http://www.bvitourism.com/event/bvi-emancipation-festival-celebrations

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Topic starter Posted : July 6, 2012 11:32 am
islandlola
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Thanks for the link, Anita.

I highly recommend the BVI festival and events. It's good fun, and each time I am there I make great acquaintances from both the BVI and the USVI. Check out some of the perhaps less well-known events such as the horse races near Sea Cow's Bay (Ellis Thomas downs) and the Carrot Bay village events that happen contemporaneously with the main festival.

Best,

Islandlola

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Posted : July 6, 2012 4:55 pm
Ms Information
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Ah the BVI...
Many years ago the British Virgin Islands were my number one choice to settle and live happily ever after. BUT....I ran head first into intolerance, prejudice and government intervention. For those of you who have not experienced it first hand, I suggest you study up on the rules, laws and traditions that prevent NON-BELONGERS from easily buying property or getting jobs in the BVI.

It is too bad that such lovely islands are governed by such hateful and racist officials. Over the years anti non belonger laws have kept the island pure and prosperous at the expense of civil rights and justice. I know of 25 year residents from Great Britain who after giving their sweat and tears as business owners, still cannot be accepted as citizens. Something is very wrong with that. To express my feeling, I no longer visit or support the BVI. I encourage you to become more knowledgable about the laws of the BVI.

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Posted : July 6, 2012 9:25 pm
OldTart
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To express my feeling, I no longer visit or support the BVI.

So I guess that means you won't be popping over for the festivities? 😀

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Posted : July 6, 2012 11:10 pm
lily1025
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your post was a very sad one.perhaps you could give us 1 or 2 specific websites where we could read the actual rules and regulations against non residents. thanks.
Ah the BVI...
Many years ago the British Virgin Islands were my number one choice to settle and live happily ever after. BUT....I ran head first into intolerance, prejudice and government intervention. For those of you who have not experienced it first hand, I suggest you study up on the rules, laws and traditions that prevent NON-BELONGERS from easily buying property or getting jobs in the BVI.

It is too bad that such lovely islands are governed by such hateful and racist officials. Over the years anti non belonger laws have kept the island pure and prosperous at the expense of civil rights and justice. I know of 25 year residents from Great Britain who after giving their sweat and tears as business owners, still cannot be accepted as citizens. Something is very wrong with that. To express my feeling, I no longer visit or support the BVI. I encourage you to become more knowledgable about the laws of the BVI.

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Posted : July 7, 2012 1:42 am
lily1025
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sorry! i messed up, post replied to quote about bvi rules and regulations against non belongers. i posted i felt it was sad, and were there any specific websites where we could read these regulations against non citizens! sorry, ithink the full moon,fireworks, and all these lengthly power outages have gotten to me:P

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Posted : July 7, 2012 1:48 am
blu4u
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The intent is to keep BVI from becoming like STJ, prevent land speculation by outside developers and reserve employment for belongers. Race isn't the issue. Citzenship is. The BVI has stricter regulation governing immigration and actually enforce the law. Nepotism and bias are rampant--but it is a "british" island after all. Those traditions run deep especially when only a handful of families run the whole show.

However I can sympathize with anyone who was made a considerable investment only to have the rules changed mid-stream, because I know first hand how expensive those taxes are.

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Posted : July 7, 2012 2:03 am
OldTart
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I know of 25 year residents from Great Britain who after giving their sweat and tears as business owners, still cannot be accepted as citizens.

But that was the case when those people moved there 25 years ago. Nothing has changed. Were they somehow led to believe the belonger laws would change?

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Posted : July 7, 2012 10:58 am
Ms Information
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I know of 25 year residents from Great Britain who after giving their sweat and tears as business owners, still cannot be accepted as citizens.

But that was the case when those people moved there 25 years ago. Nothing has changed. Were they somehow led to believe the belonger laws would change?

I usually do not reengage in conversations here, but I will add a note of explanation. You ask if they expected a different outcome, and I don't know the answer to that. Rules, and laws do change if they are unfair. That might have been their hope.

My guess is that when you moved to the USVI you expected that after a period of time, you could become a US citizen if you chose to. In the BVI, as you know, that is not an option, even for immigrants from Great Britain. Even Arizona and Mississippi allow immigrants to become citizens. Those states are often criticized for their unforgiving attitudes about immigration, but we now know that ther BVI is much worse.

My comments were made because I disagree with the immigration policies of the BVI and hope one day to see them change. In fact, I have been told, that some changes have been made. A provision to become a belonger after 20 years now exists.

http://www.bviimmigration.gov.vg/Residents.aspx

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Posted : July 7, 2012 3:08 pm
OldTart
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Different country, different rules - as is so all over the world.

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Posted : July 7, 2012 4:44 pm
Cruz
 Cruz
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To express my feeling, I no longer visit or support the BVI.

So I guess that means you won't be popping over for the festivities? 😀

lol...that was funny

Cheers to the BVI and their Belonger rules (tu)

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Posted : July 8, 2012 12:33 am
islandlola
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I gotta agree with that.

Best,

Islandlola

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Posted : July 8, 2012 1:51 pm
Ca. Dreamers
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I gotta agree with that.

Best,

Islandlola

+1

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Posted : July 8, 2012 3:04 pm
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