The government announced today that it will pass a law to ensure citizenship for non-nationals who have resided here for more than seven years.
The Cabinet spokesman Lionel ‘Max’ Hurst said the law will allow those non-nationals who are still plagued by artificial “gaps” in their lawful residency, to be permitted to make their application for citizenship, provided they have resided in Antigua and Barbuda for seven or more years.
He said the previous administration created an “artificial interpretation” that prevented many CARICOM and other nationals from making application for citizenship.
This is not the first time that the ABLP sought to address this issue. It offered an amnesty shortly after coming into office.
“Too many innocent young people, mostly students who accompanied their parents to Antigua and Barbuda, have found themselves excluded from the early version of the amnesty,” Hurst said.
“The Cabinet agreed to provide an opportunity for this class and others to make use of this amnesty offer,” he added.
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