Free Movement of OECS Nationals

Administrative Arrangements and Procedures

Monday August 1, 2011 heralded the commencement of full free movement of OECS citizens throughout the six independent countries of the Organisation. These Administrative Arrangements and Procedures were ordered by the Revised Treaty of Basseterre. Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines from that date, permits OECS citizens to enter their territories and remain for an indefinite period in order to work, establish businesses, provide services or reside. Citizens of Montserrat (although an Associate Member of the Organization) qualify if they are holders of the Montserrat Passport.

In order to facilitate the free movement of citizens, the following administrative arrangements and procedures are in effect in Member States: OECS citizens traveling within the Economic Union should enter the special immigration lines designated for CARICOM Nationals.

OECS citizens traveling within the Union must produce the following documents to the immigration Officials at the point of entry: –

  1. A valid photo identification that bears the nationality of the holder, for example, a passport, driver’s licence, Social Security, voter’s registration card or a national ID card.
  2. A completed E/D form.

The Immigration official shall grant entry for an indefinite period, except in those circumstances where the citizen poses a security risk, being a charge to the public purse or there exists some other legal basis for prohibiting entry to the citizen.

 

Registration of O.E.C.S. Citizens

Within 2 weeks upon entry into the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, an OECS National MUST register at the Ministry of National Security, Liverpool Road before they can commence residing, working or attending school. The registration form must be completed and the OECS National must submit a passport size photo, a police record from the last country of residence and their passport.