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Immigration Act ameliorated to give way to the Passenger Information Bill
May 25, 2017

The Immigration Amendment Bill 2017 was read a third time and passed into law on Tuesday May 23rd, during the Sitting of Parliament, with the aim to improve the Immigration Act Chapter 6.02.


Deputy Premier of Nevis and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation, the Hon. Mark Brantley, said that the amendment to the Immigration Act was to “tidy up the legislative framework” and to be granted permission “to bring into force and to have and give efficacy to the APIS legislation.”


Additionally, Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris stated,“It is a matter of replacing the provisions which hitherto relate to Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) and to give notice to the fact that we have just brought an Act which stands on its own in relation to the administration of APIS requirements.”


Minister Brantley said that it is pertinent to share information with the global community, as this would not only be beneficial, but it will also demonstrate St. Kitts and Nevis’ willingness and commitment to openness and participation.

He also said that the amendment to the Immigration Act and the passing of the Advance Passenger Immigration Bill are important steps for the federation.


The Foreign Affairs Minister stated that the federation continues to be responsive whenever called upon by the international community.


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