Documents certifying that the holder is a permanent resident of the British Virgin Islands and is not subject to monitoring by the Immigration Department.


Step 1:  Customer submits completed application form(s) and supporting documents to the Immigration Department

Step 2:  The application is verified for completeness and accuracy.  If not completed, the applicant must make the necessary changes and resubmit. 

Step 3: Once completed and verified, the application is forwarded to the Processing Unit to conduct analysis of the application.

Step 4: The applicaton is then sent to the Various Unit within the Immigration Department, the Board of Immigration and Cabinet for review and decision.

Step 5:  The Status Unit sends letter of approval/denial to the applicant. 

Step 6:  If approved, the applicant then present himself/herself to the Immigration Department to make payment on the fees.  A receipt of the transaction made will be provided to the customer as proof of payment for service. 

Step 7:   Status Unit issues the Belonger Card and Cerficate to the applicant.

Step 8:  If denied, applicant can make relevant changes and reapply.

Supporting Documents

Valid Identification Bank statements Proof of social Security benefits or other related evidence to substantiate self sufficiency, Evidence of Prearrange accommodation Two copies of a Police Certificate of Character from the country of birth, in addition to country of residence on arrival Upon approval a medical certificate in the prescribe form will be required

Method of Applying

In Person

Turn Around Time

2 - 3 Business Days

Additional Notes

An applicant for permanent residence must reside in the Virgin Islands consecutively for a period of 20 years before application can be considered. An applicant can only be absent from the Territory for 90 days in any calendar year except when pursuing further education or as a result of illness. Applicant must state in his/her application his/her intentions for residing permanently in the Territory Dependents who are endorsed on their parents’ certificate should apply for their own certificates six months before their eighteenth birthday, if they wish to continue residing, permanently.

Department Contact Information

Immigration Department

P.O. Box 2299 
Road Town, Tortola
Virgin Islands (British) VG1110

Business Hours:

Monday - Friday  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cashier  : 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Email Address:

Telephone: 1(284) 468-4700
Fax: 1(284) 468-4729