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Minister of Immigration Brent Symonette.

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'Haiti must deal with children of migrants, not Bahamas'

THE lack of clarity over the entitlement to Haitian citizenship for second and third generation children born in the country is an issue for the Haitian government, not The Bahamas, according to Immigration minister Brent Symonette.Mr Symonette maint

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Symonette calls on banks and schools to be sympathetic on expired permits

IMMIGRATION Minister Brent Symonette yesterday appealed to local banks to exercise sympathy and sensitivity in handling the accounts of people with expired residency or work permits.Mr Symonette said he was unaware of any legal mandate for banks to s

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120 obtain citizenship in 3 months

THE government has approved more than 100 applications for citizenship since the Citizenship Committee was formed in February and is on pace, if the rate is sustained, to naturalise nearly 400 people by year-end, according to Immigration Minister Brent Symonette.

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Govt to swing the axe again

THE ten per cent reduction in spending ordered last year may be set to increase in the 2018-2019 budget cycle, Immigration Minister Brent Symonette revealed yesterday.

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GAME CHANGER: Miss age deadline and you’ll be permanent resident NOT citizen

PEOPLE born to foreign parents in The Bahamas but who fail to apply for citizenship by age 19 as allowed by law will only be granted permanent residency with a right to work, Immigration Minister Brent Symonette, pictured, announced yesterday.

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Jean Rony ‘lost automatic right to citizenship'

IMMIGRATION Minister Brent Symonette, right, has hit out at “sensationalised” reports about Bahamas-born deportee Jean Rony Jean-Charles, left, saying commentary on the matter seems to have missed the fact that not every person born in The Bahamas is an automatic citizen.

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Call for more applications by Bahamian-born people

THE Citizenship Committee has tentatively requested an increase in the number of applications it reviews during its meetings, according to Trade and Immigration Minister Brent Symonette.

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Fraudulent papers now central issue

AS HE confirmed plans to speedily facilitate Bahamas-born deportee Jean Rony Jean-Charles’ return to the country, Minister of Immigration Brent Symonette yesterday said his case will bring the longstanding issue of fraudulent documentation to the forefront.


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