Citizenship Through Marriage Discussed On Policing With You
Basseterre, St. Kitts, May 23, 2019 (ZIZ News): Issues related to immigration, citizenship and residency were the topics of discussion when the chief and deputy chief immigration officers appeared on this week’s edition of “Policing with You” on Thursday.
Chief Immigration Officer Merclyn Hughes defined a citizen of St. Kitts and Nevis as anyone who was born in St. Kitts and Nevis or anyone who has acquired citizenship by descent, marriage or any other means approved by the Minister of National Security.
Citizenship by marriage has been a main topic of discussion recently, and Deputy Chief Immigration Officer Jacqueline Brown said the constitution is clear on the matter.
Chief Immigration Officer Merclyn Hughes said there is a process to be followed to gain citizenship.
She said it has been proposed that the Immigration Department become more involved in this area.
Recently, the cabinet approved that effective Monday, May 13, 2019, the Ministry of National Security can process application for citizenship by marriage on request as long as the correct legal documentation is provided, putting an end to a previous three year wait after marriage before applications could be filed
Policing with you is aired every Thursday from 9:15 am on ziz radio.
Thursday’s edition was hosted by Inspector Alrick edwards.