32 individuals are now British citizens after having been previously naturalised as British Overseas Territories Citizens.
The new British Citizens accepted their certificates and recited the Oath of Allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen and the Pledge of Loyalty to the United Kingdom at a ceremony held in the lobby of the Civil Registry and Passport Office on March 12.
His Excellency the Governor, Mr. Augustus Jaspert congratulated the new citizens on arriving at this point of their journey through the process and demonstrating their allegiance to the United Kingdom as well as the Virgin Islands.
Governor Jaspert said that by reaching and obtaining British Citizenship, they have exercised the right that is enjoyed by British Overseas Territory Citizens under the 2002 legislation. He added, “Though a right, it is nonetheless an important decision you have taken to seek British Citizenship by registration, and it is proper that the fulfilment of that process be marked in a formal way.”
The ceremony was chaired by the Registrar General, Mrs. Stephanie Benn who congratulated the group and said the ceremony confirmed their registration as British Citizens, adding that they will have many rights and privileges to move around the world.
British citizens have the right to live and work in the United Kingdom or any other European Union country. They may also travel to the United States under the visa-waiver programmme for UK citizens.
British citizenship was extended to all British Overseas Territories (BOT) citizens as a result of the British Overseas Territories Act of 2002. Persons naturalised as BOT citizens following the enactment of the Act on May 21, 2002, do not automatically become British citizens but are eligible to register as British citizens.
The extension of British citizenship to British Overseas Territories citizens was part of the UK Government’s 1999 White Paper entitled Partnership for Progress and Prosperity, which outlined the UK’s policy in respect of the Overseas Territories.
- Photo 1. His Excellency the Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert and Registrar General Mrs. Stephanie Benn are pictured here with the 32 newest recipients of British Citizenship.
The eleven persons registered as British citizens on March 12 are:
Fedelia Joyce John Baptiste
Johanna Altagracia Batista de Mendez
Diana Campbell Greenaway
Marland Osmond D’Aguiar
Akeem Luther Delpleshe
Tighana General Drigo
Claudia Garrone Nibbs
Joseph McCarty George
Samuel Evaristo George Zimmerman
Shirley Constance Hall
Ganshoun Beharrysingh Harry
Timothy John Holt
Carolus Anthony John
Cheryl Erasma John
Shaheba Natasha Levons
Diana Marlene Maloney
Gregoria Pena Martinez-Samuel
Casimira Cedano Ortiz de Faulkner
Cesar Genaro Padilla Grant
Glendon Augustus Peters
Zory Yasmin Cuevas Piantini de Nunez
Martha Yocasta Mercedes Salomon
Viola Leticia Salomon
Kemoy Janeel Smith
Hannif Leroy Sutherland
Alana Adrian Vanterpool
Compton Arthur Wintz