Chinese Immigrants To Be Granted Citizenship After Living In Guyana For 7 Years
President Bharrat Jagdeo has expressed concern about the way Chinese nationals are being treated especially by some employers. The President met over 400 members of the Chinese community at the convention centre, Lilliendall. Challenges faced by the Chinese society such as visa application, work permit and citizenship were some top issues on the agenda addressed by the head of state.
The president said his administration will work towards dealing with the concerns faced by the Chinese community. Jagdeo pointed out that the only way for the lives of Chinese immigrants to be improved is if they all work together by playing their part in adhering to the laws of the land.
Chinese immigrants will now be granted citizenship once they would have lived in Guyana for over 7 years. Work permits will now be valid for at least three years. The head of state noted that based on Chinese nationals having difficulties acquiring such documents in the past they were exploited. He is optimistic that with such provisions now being made those Chinese citizens can continue to play a role in the development of the country.