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Turks and Caicos Islander Status Commission Finally Established

#Providenciales, October 4, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – A new and innovative system of granting status, other than by marriage, to persons who are not native to the Turks & Caicos Islands, is about to be implemented by the Ministry Immigration, Citizenship, Labour and Employment Services.

The Turks and Caicos Islander Status Ordinance 2015, in establishing the Turks and Caicos Islander Status Commission, charged it with the responsibility of, among other things, reviewing applications in order that they might make recommendations to the Governor for the grant of Islander Status.

Sections 4(7)(i) and 4(9) guides that the Commission in considering whether an applicant qualifies for recommendation to the Governor, must consider any prescribed evaluation criteria which the Governor is authorized to issue by guidelines for the purpose of evaluating the merits of an application by awarding to or discounting an applicant’s credit based on his personal and occupational attributes as well as his potential value to the community.

The Minister responsible for Immigration said this new system is timely, given the perceived weaknesses of the present framework for the grants of Islander Status, most notably, the potential for lop sided increases in the Turks and Caicos Islander population by persons from one country or another outside of the Islands , thereby potentially shifting the balance of power radically from what is commonly referred to as the “indigenous” Islanders to the newly arrived immigrant population, in an unacceptably short period of time, and the ability for Government to influence the numbers, skills, qualifications, age, country of origin, and familiarity with the Islands of the newly permanently settled migrant. The Minister would like to thank the department of Citizenship and Immigration for their hard work and dedication.

Applications for the grant of Islander Status “otherwise than by marriage, may be made to the Governor by submitting such applications to the Secretary between only June 1 and September 30 of each year inclusively.

Additional details about the Islander Status Commission will be communicated to the public in subsequent press statements.

Release: TCIG

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