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Moving to BVI

St. John's, Canada
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Moving to BVI

Hi All,

I am curious if anyone can give me advice on moving to the BVI's. I work in offshore Oil & Gas, and my fiance and I have been discussing moving out of the country for a few years before we have kids, As my employment is on a month-on month-off basis all over the world, we can pretty much live anywhere. I'm not particularily concerned about financals as I make ~125k per year.

My primary questions are:

- As I won't be working in BVI - will this help or impede my ability to get a visa to live in BVIs.Would I have to purchase property? Would renting be a better option if we're just lokoing at 2-3 years?

- What is the likelihood of my fiance finding work as an expat in the BVIs? She is just finishing her MBA so is quite employable.

- Does age have an impact on long term visa applications? I am 24 and she is 27.

Thanks in advance.



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1. Re: Moving to BVI

Generally speaking you have to purchase property to to take up residency, even then there are restrictions as to how long you can remain on island each year - full-time residency takes years to get.

Your fiancé will not be allow to work without obtaining a Work Permit which are very difficult to get. She must possess a "unique skill", find an employer willing to sponsor her. Before she can be hired that employer must prove to the local Labor department that there are no locals qualified to fill the position.

Simply put, BVIslanders love having you come as a tourist to spend money - they don't want you living there.

FYI - You'll find similar laws on most Caribbean islands. Check out the Bahamas getting residency there is easier but your fiancé will still need a Work Permit (same type of restrictions) if she needs employment.

Edited: 9:18 am, May 29, 2014
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2. Re: Moving to BVI

go to www.bvinewbie.com they pretty much cover everything.

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3. Re: Moving to BVI

Does anyone know how long a US citizen can stay in BVI on a tourist visa? Is there a limit on how many months you can repeat a 30 day visa?

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