THERE is a wide interest from Fijians living in the US and Canada for dual citizenship.
Fiji’s ambassador to Washington Solo Mara says there are about 40,000 to 50,000 Fijians living in San Francisco and another 80,000 to 90,000 in Vancouver alone.
At the USA Sevens in Las Vegas last weekend, the embassy had two immigration officials from Fiji to help Fijians who sought dual citizenship or who wished to renew their passports.
“This is one of the roles to look after the consular interests of Fijians abroad.
“There are a lot of people with expired passports. So, a stepping stone in regularising their status is by renewing their passports,” Mr Mara said.
He confirmed embassy officials would visit other cities in the US for the consular interests of Fijians.
Meanwhile, Mr Mara said a number of Fijians were also travelling to Canada which had skill shortages in certain industries such as mining.
“It’s quite rewarding for our skilled people who are having difficulty in finding jobs at home. They are finding jobs in the mining industry and redirecting their earnings home,” he added.
In November, Reserve Bank of Fiji governor Barry Whiteside estimated that Fiji would have received about $430million in remittances.
Earlier this month, Mr Whiteside said while foreign reserves were expected to be impacted by the high demand in imports because of TC Winston, remittances and tourism earnings should buffer the dent.
Source : The Fiji Times Online. 3/12/2016