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When is a Bermudian not a Bermudian? When they were born on August 2, 1989

A Bermuda-born woman who has been denied status is launching an appeal for others to join her campaign to have the law changed.

Born just weeks after the August 1, 1989 cut-off date, the woman who asked not be named said she is upset and frustrated that, after spending her life in Bermuda, she is unable to vote or legally call herself a Bermudian.

Born to Azorean parents who hold Permanent Resident’s Certificates, (PRC) the woman said her siblings are Bermudian and her own child is Bermudian.

“If I had been born a few weeks premature, I would have qualified,” she said. “I just want to know how many others are out there who were born and raised Bermudians, but who aren’t able to get status due to the cut off date.”

She holds a PRC, but paid full tuition for recent Bermuda College courses, and cannot register as a voter.

Asked what her siblings and friends make of her situation, she said: “They think it’s ridiculous.”

Told by the Department of Immigration that the law does not allow her Bermudian status because she was not a resident before August 1, 1989, the woman said: “It’s a law, and a law can be revised.”

The issue also effects her ability to work, she said: “It’s harder to find a job when someone says you’re not Bermudian.”

She cannot even qualify for legal aid although her appeal is described as more a political issue than a legal one.

“You can’t tell me to go back to my country, because I only know Bermuda. This is my country.”

She has called for other Bermuda-born to make their voices heard so that the Bermuda Immigration and Protection Act can be amended to bring them in from the cold.

To join, contact: almost.bermudian[AT]gmail.com.

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Published April 03, 2012 at 9:58 am (Updated April 03, 2012 at 9:58 am)

When is a Bermudian not a Bermudian? When they were born on August 2, 1989

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