Immigration “unable” to renew Belize passport for naturalized citizen

Saturday, August 08, 2015. BMG: Ruth Castillo, a naturalized Belizean originally from Honduras, has for the past year been unable to get the Immigration Department to renew her expired Belizean passport because she does not have a verified birth or naturalization certificate.passport

The 46 year old told Amandala in this week’s issue that she has been living here for all but three months of her life, having been brought here by her mother from Honduras in the year of Belize’s independence from the United Kingdom – 1981. In fact, she has never been back to Honduras.

The mother of eight was naturalized by her late mother in 1981 – both parents are now dead.

The Immigration Department, however, has told her she would have to provide them with her nationality certificate to have the passport renewed.

Castillo told Amandala that is almost an impossible task for her, since her mother was the one who had dealt with the filing of her papers when she was a child.

Immigration officers advised her to visit the Honduran embassy for assistance, without success. 

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One Response to Immigration “unable” to renew Belize passport for naturalized citizen

  1. Marion Loi Reply

    August 9, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Vishal H., maybe you believe that she should give money and go clear because Belize is India. For your information let me remind you that the gentleman who is now the head of Belize Immigration Department, eats, sleeps, and lives “honestly.” And as long as he continues to be the head of the Belize Immigration Department, and he is able to influence those who work with him in honest dealings for the betterment of Belize, Ms. Ruth Castillo must follow the established rules for renewing her Belize passport like everyone else in the free, developed world.

    What Ms. Castillo needs to do is locate her mother’s Honduran birth certificate, legal entry documents when she entered Belize with you and her other children, and her Belizean naturalization certificate. That would be a start to proving her claim as Belizean by way of her deceased mother’s naturalization. Those documents cannot be as difficult as climbing Victoria Peak.

    I live in the United States, and the rules are even stricter. Here, there are several cases of people being deported because their naturalized parents failed to follow through with filing the necessary paperwork to secure citizenship for them. In one recent case, a young girl was deported to the country of her birth, in Europe, despite the fact that both her parents were natural born Americans. The parents had failed to follow through when they returned to the US and have her registered as an American.

    Ms. Castillo needs to wake up and understand that Belize is now a part of the developed world — not a British colony and dependent settlement any longer — a time when we walked into a bank and opened an account without IDs, had no requirement to pay income tax, drove cars without valid licenses at times, and played the destitute game of not paying any property taxes.

    Ms. Castillo, we are living in a world where you must prove who you are every minute of every day of every week of every month and every year! Obey the laws of Belize by locating the required documents or return to Honduras!

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