|Questions for consultation on TC Islander status|
|Thursday, 15 December 2011 13:54|
The Consultative Forum is seeking comment on changes to obtaining status in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Submit your answers to the following questions via e-mail to
by Feb. 17. Explanatory documents and questionnaires can be found online at www.gov.tc.
2: Should a worker in the TCI be eligible to apply for PRC after five; six; eight; nine; ten; or more years?
3: Should there be a clear distinction drawn between those workers who can qualify over time for PRC and those who cannot?
4: If there are to be such distinctions, on what basis should they be made? Should there, for example, be a regularly updated list of designated shortage occupations on the basis of labour market analysis and consultation?
5: If there are to be temporary workers with fixed term work permits who cannot progress to PRC, what should the term limits on their work permits be?
6: Do you agree that knowledge of the TCI and of a specified level of English language should be required before any applicant can be granted PRC?
7: Should the three different categories of PRC recommended by the Immigration Review Commission be introduced, including some with restrictions on work; or should the system be simplified by having a single category of PRC, without limitation or restriction?
8: Do you think it should be possible to qualify for PRC purely by investment in the Turks and Caicos Islands? If so, what do think would be the right level of investment?
9: What do you think should be the rules to be attached to this kind of provision? Should investors be required to be ordinarily resident in the territory before getting PRC, as in other administrations? Should it be possible to get an undertaking from TCIG that a PRC will be issued, in advance of making an investment?
10: Do you support the introduction of long term residence permits lasting 25 years for homeowners and business investors? What do you think should be the rules attached to this kind of provision? For example, should it be possible for time spent ordinarily resident in the TCI on such a permit be allowed to count towards qualifying for PRC, if other conditions are met?
11: Should there be provision for an alternative form of long term temporary residence, with freedom to work, which does not necessarily lead to PRC, BOTC or Turks and Caicos Islander status? What should be the requirements for such a status, and what conditions would be applied?
12: What do you think should be the further requirements –including length of residence as a PRC holder and/or BOTC- and what additional tests should be applied, in order for a BOTC to progress to TC Islander status?
13: Do you think British Citizens should be required to obtain BOTC before being eligible for Turks and Caicos Islander status?
14 : Do you think that young people born in the TCI should have a separate, specific path to Turks and Caicos Islander status, and if so what should be the rules on this?
15: For how long do you think a couple should be married before a spouse can apply for Turks and Caicos Islander status?
16: Should there be provision for a spouse to obtain Turks and Caicos Islander status if their Turks and Caicos Islander spouse dies before the end of the qualifying period?
17: Should there be a new offence of entering into a marriage of convenience?
18: Should the Immigration Ordinance definition of “child” be reviewed, particularly with reference to stepchildren?
19: Should people applying for TCI status on the grounds of being a spouse have to pass the same tests, such as in Knowledge of the TCI or English language, as other applicants?
20: Should a new Commission be set up to decide TCI Status and PRC applications? How should membership of such a body be determined? Should there be provision for local involvement, for example by the proposed District Councils?
21: Should there be some kinds of control over the numbers of applications for TCI status which can be made and decided each year, for example by a cut-off date and/or quotas?
22: Would you support the 2004 Immigration Review Commission’s proposal for a one off “regularisation” programme to enable long term residents to obtain Turks and Caicos Islander status? On what basis would such regularisation decisions be made?
23: Should there be provision for revocation of TCI Status in the circumstances identified by the Immigration Review Commission?
24: Do you have any additional comments or suggestions which you would like to see taken into account?
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