By Aaron Humes: This week, the LGBT-advocate Our Circle Resource Center is hosting an Immigration Clinic which it describes as an “in-person general summary advice session for refugees, migrants and asylum seekers around refugee-related matters and asylum claims with a focus on sexual orientation and gender identity.”
The session will be held on Wednesday, January 12 at the office on New Road, Belize City.
Advice includes but is not limited to: refugee claims; temporary resident applications; visa extensions; permanent residence; citizenship and post-secondary student matters.
Persons interested must register at https://forms.gle/h6x53U6ffaA12wif6 and appear between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Appointments will be scheduled after a brief intake for a one-time in-person consultation. Referrals will be made on a case-by-case basis.
The government has announced a planned amnesty in April for the estimated 40 to 60 thousand migrants countrywide who have settled here since 2010. It intends to offer these individuals permanent residence, which after five years would become citizenship within certain guidelines.