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We are looking to relocating our family to the Caribbean. We realise that this will not be an easy task and are hoping to use a relocation agency to assist us. We have searched the internet and have come up with very little. So can anyone out there recommend a reliable company to help us. Any other hints and tips would also be most welcome. THANKS Donna & Ian.
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We are looking to relocating our family to the Caribbean. We realise that this will not be an easy task and are hoping to use a relocation agency to assist us. We have searched the internet and have come up with very little. So can anyone out there recommend a reliable company to help us. Any other hints and tips would also be most welcome. THANKS Donna & Ian.

Assuming this is a serious question there are more immediate issues:

- where in the Caribbean?
- have you got the necessary visa/citizenship status?
- not everywhere is English speaking (eg the French owned islands)
- what do you plan to do for work?

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Originally Posted by JAJ
Assuming this is a serious question there are more immediate issues:

- where in the Caribbean?
- have you got the necessary visa/citizenship status?
- not everywhere is English speaking (eg the French owned islands)
- what do you plan to do for work?

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Hi Jeremy, thanks for the reply. We are seriously looking at emigrating to Trinidad or the British Virgin Islands. We have been informed that there are agencies around that will assist with the obtaining off visas, work permits and permanent residents status. My wife is an aircraft technician (avionics) and I was a civilian policeman in South Africa before returning to the U.K. and joining the RAF as a police dog-handler. we are both hoping to get work at the airport, with Donna working on the aircraft and me doing security, or possibly joining the police over there. Donna is also studying part-time to be a teacher. We are hoping that with the qualifications we have, it won't be too difficult in obtaining work. We just need some assistance in obtaining the visas and in making it as stress free as possible. Whatever information and tips that anyone ca provide would be appreciated.
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Hi Donna and Ian,

Good luck on your intended move, I may be able to help as I am familiar with Trinidad, but why have you chosen this as a possible place to live? I would also add that you better take a look at the serious crime problem Trinidad has been experiencing for some time now, especially the murder rate and kidnappings( which is very prevalent at the moment). I do not want to put a downer on your move but if you are bringing children across you have to look at the all round picture. Check out the local papers on line such as the Trinidad Express, Guardian, and Newsday. Do a google search on these for exact addresses. The smaller Islands tend to have much less crime but also less opportunities.

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Hi Jeremy, thanks for the reply. We are seriously looking at emigrating to Trinidad or the British Virgin Islands. We have been informed that there are agencies around that will assist with the obtaining off visas, work permits and permanent residents status.
I would suggest you do your own research on these subjects.

You need to understand exactly what status you will have in the country concerned. If it's called 'permanent residence' you need to check out exactly how your rights compare to those of locals. And what your children's position will be in the country when they are older.

The sort of rights you need to be thinking about are:
- will you be free to leave your employer and work elsewhere
- what pension/social benefits (if any) will you be entitled to
- is there a tax or social security agreement with the UK
- what are the arrangements for kids education (including uni when older)
- will you be able to own real-estate
- will you be able to vote
- if you want to leave the country for a while, will you be able to retain status
- if you have children born in the country what will their status be, both in terms of British citizenship and in terms of local status. Don't assume that being born there will give them automatic citizenship rights - it will depend on local law
- what's the local healthcare scheme and will you be entitled to join it
- and so on.

If you want the option to become a citizen eventually, you'll need to understand if it's possible (including the dual citizenship issue) and what the process is.

The British Virgin Islands are a British Overseas Territory. The locals will have a form of local citizenship called 'belonger status' or something like that, together with British overseas territories citizenship. Since 2002, they've also had British citizenship.

However British citizens from the UK have no specific rights to live in Overseas Territories and in some cases (like Bermuda) it's near impossible to get permanent resident status, let alone 'belonger status'. You'd need to check what the deal is in the BVI.

http://www.bvi.gov.vg/ is the BVI govt website.

If you're keen to live in a British territory, then the more accessible ones are Gibraltar, the Isle of Man (technically a dependency) and the Falkland Islands, - although the latter two do exercise control over immigration they have more space for suitable newcomers than other British territories.

Gibraltar may be open to British citizens - you'd have to check,

Out of interest - have you looked at the more traditional destinations like Australia, NZ and Canada - although you do need to have specific skills and qualifications (or a sponsoring employer) to have a chance of getting through the immigration hoops.

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