Bermuda, regularly updated as a Gazetteer, focusing on this internally self-governing British Overseas Territory 900 miles north of the Caribbean, 600 miles east of North Carolina, USA. One is to be a British Overseas Territory member, meaning that all who are Bermudians by both birth and Bermudian parentage are British Overseas Phased drawing hare for children citizens.
This is under British UK law, not Bermuda laws. Bermuda-based American or Canadian or British UK military bases, which at the time were respectively and legally American or Canadian or British UK military property, assumed their nationality at birth, not Bermuda’s, unless a parent was Bermudian. Citizenship cannot be bought nor can it be bestowed under any circumstances other than those described above and below. Many British United Kingdom nationals and British Overseas Territory members live and work in Bermuda.
Most are welcome but all are treated as foreigners. Britons – those from Great Britain or non-Bermudian British Overseas Territory members – do not have the same freedoms here in residing and working without restrictions as they have in Great Britain, Ireland and rest of the European Economic Community. Elsewhere, such as in the USA, Canada and UK, citizenship applies automatically to all children born there. But not in Bermuda – automatic citizenship does NOT apply to all children born here. Under Bermuda law, the only people who are irrevocably Bermudian are those born here with at least one Bermudian parent who was born in Bermuda. Those persons born in Bermuda with a Bermudian parent don’t lose it – and some persons born to a Bermudian parent in Canada or USA – such as the Hon.
It is technically possible for someone not Bermudian to get a Bermuda passport, but it does not make them Bermudian. See the Bermuda Immigration and Protection Act. In contrast, some non-Bermudian residents with unblemished continuous residence have been there for periods exceeding 20 and 30 years yet have not been given citizenship. It means they are not allowed to vote, or to register to vote, in any election after they become 18 years old, even when they have been model residents for years. They are are not allowed, as non-Bermudians, to hold shares in Bermudian companies as Bermudians.
International Justice Resource Center – Citizenship and Nationality. UN – Right to a Nationality. Two people who claimed Bermuda status had their appeals dismissed by Supreme Court. A report on immigration reform has been handed over to Walton Brown, the Minister of Home Affairs, after more than 18 months of deliberations by an independent working group. House of Assembly last night despite vocal opposition. The new laws give the Bermuda Immigration and Protection Act priority over the Human Rights Act.
Walton Brown, the Minister of Home Affairs, said the Bill would protect Bermuda for Bermudians but the Opposition expressed concerns about the lack of consultation. New legislation giving the Bermuda Immigration and Protection Act priority over the Human Rights Act will be debated in the House of Assembly today. The Human Rights Commission has been invited to make submissions over controversial amendments to immigration legislation. The Minister of Home Affairs has dismissed calls for withdrawing a new Bill giving priority to the Immigration and Protection Act over the Human Rights Act. Members of a protest group almost shut down a public forum on immigration reform before the meeting could start last night, as the emotive topic of Bermudian status came up for discussion. Tempers flared as the Immigration Reform Working Group gathered with about 120 members of the public to solicit input for its final report. A new Immigration Act could be introduced next year to address inequities in the present system, according to Walton Brown, the Minister of Home Affairs.
Bermudian passports being printed in the UK. A woman born in Bermuda to non-Bermudian parents has won a judicial review over a rejected application to work on the island without restriction. According to a ruling by Puisne Judge Stephen Hellman, the Minister of Home Affairs had discriminated against Paula Tavares on the ground of her national origin. The Immigration Reform Working Group has been tasked with producing a report by the end of October, Mr Brown said, based on the principles that Bermudians come first while the business sector is treated in a friendly manner that encourages growth.
The Consultative Immigration Reform Working Group will hold its next meeting at the Berkeley Institute on Wednesday, September 28. Dozens of long-term residents requesting Bermudian citizenship have been left flummoxed by ongoing and unexplained processing delays. Pathways legislation are calling for immigration talks to encompass those born on the island or who arrived at a young age. A Bill reforming the process by which adopted children can obtain Bermudian status has been passed in the House of Assembly.
Act 2016 specifies that adopted children with at least one Bermudian parent can apply for status if the application is made before their 16th birthday and completed before their 18th birthday, according to the Attorney-General. Bermuda Chamber of Commerce will host a panel discussion on the controversial Pathways to Status bill next week. The event on Thursday, June 16, at 8am at the Hamilton Princess, will feature a panel of community activists and industry professionals, including Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda president Lynne Winfield, economist Craig Simmons and former HSBC Bermuda chief executive officer Phil Butterfield. About 30 people met to discuss immigration issues surrounding adoption as part of the first public meeting of the Immigration Working Group hosted by the Bermuda Public Services Union last night.