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Confusion in the naturalisation process

May 3, 2013

Dear Sir,

I was somewhat confused by the article in today’s paper. First of all I agree with Minister Fahy that BOT passports could only be given to the men through naturalisation. Then further on in the article, Governor Fergusson confirmed the question of Bermuda status is solely in the hands of the Bermuda Government: Sir John Swan’s view is that the UK be asked to naturalise the men.

To confuse the issue further, Dr Brown is quoted as saying that Bermuda passports should be able to be given to those with Bermuda status and goes on to say that it is his understanding that there are people who do not have status but who are permanent residents and have Bermuda passports.

It was under Dr Brown’s administration that I applied for a Bermuda passport, having had Bermuda status for some 40 years, only to be told that the only way I could obtain such a passport was to be naturalised. Bear in mind, I was born in Great Britain and hold a UK passport. So these were the rules under his administration and I had to go through the procedure and having obtained the forms from Immigration, they were forwarded to Government House for approval.

The only reason I needed a Bermuda passport was that US Immigration changed the goalposts and if one went into the US on a private yacht or private plane, one needed a visa. You may remember, your paper kindly did an article on my problems with Homeland Security. However, if one went to the US on a commercial carrier, either ship or plane, all one needed was a visa waiver. With a Bermuda passport, the US Immigration offered the same facilities as they do to Canadians, and that is, no visa is required.

Having gone through the hoop, I trust you can see where the confusion arises Mr Editor!

Antony Siese


Photo by Mark Tatem Stateless: The former Guantanamo Bay detainees Ablikim Turahun, Salahidin Abdulahad, Abdulla Abdulqadir and Khalil Mamut brought to Bermuda in 2009 have no passports or official status.

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Published May 08, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated May 07, 2013 at 5:49 pm)

Confusion in the naturalisation process

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