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Belize: Rights of residents of Belize; time limit for a resident of Belize to be absent from the country before he or she risks losing Belizian residency status; whether the parents of a child born in Belize have a right to residency in Belize

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 23 October 2000
Citation / Document Symbol BLZ35375.E
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Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Belize: Rights of residents of Belize; time limit for a resident of Belize to be absent from the country before he or she risks losing Belizian residency status; whether the parents of a child born in Belize have a right to residency in Belize, 23 October 2000, BLZ35375.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3df4be1418.html [accessed 25 October 2014]
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In an interview on 23 October 2000, the assistant to the Director of the Belize Immigration and Nationality Department stated that residents of Belize have the right to live in the country, to work, to circulate freely and to apply for citizenship after five years of residency. There is no time limit for a resident of Belize to be absent from the county before he or she risks losing Belizian residency status (ibid.). The parents of a child born in Belize do not have an automatic right to residency in Belize (ibid.). They can apply for residency after spending one year legally in the country (ibid.).

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.

Reference

Assistant to the Director of Immigration and Nationality Department, Belize. 23 October 2000. Telephone interview.

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