Last Friday saw the swearing in of one hundred and sixty four men and women from various parts of the world as nationals from twenty one countries received their Belizean citizenship. The ceremony took place at the George Price Centre on Friday, October 23 and had the presence of the Minister of Immigration, Godwin Hulse.
“We welcome 21 different nationalities. We have people here from the US, from Bangladesh, Canada, from the Republic of China, Cuba, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, The Philippines, Salvador, Taiwan and Trinidad. “
Hulse went on, in his address to the new Belizean citizens, to explain how lucky they are considering the rigorous process in becoming a citizen.
The swearing in of foreigners who have applied for Belizean nationality is nothing new to our country as thousands have migrated to Belize from various continents including Asia, North America, South America, Europe and Africa. Swearing-In ceremonies are held every three months in Belmopan, Cayo District. According to the Immigration Minister, many of these persons had submitted their application since the late 1990s and in the early 2000s.