Statement by Hon. Edmond Castro on Visa cancellation Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 June 2017 00:00

Hon Edmond Castro, Minister of National Emergency Management and Area Representative for Belize Rural North, wishes to inform his constituency and the People of Belize that he has been given notification by the United States Embassy that his Diplomatic and Tourist visas have been revoked, and that no specific reason was stated for the revocation.

Hon Castro wishes to state for the record that he was once the holder of a US Permanent Residency (Green) Card, which he turned in eight years ago in 2009, at which time the US Embassy offered and issued him both visas (Diplomatic and Tourist). Notwithstanding, Hon Castro has not travelled to the United States for the past three years and says he had no interest to do so anytime soon, which is why he recently declined an invitation by the US Embassy to go in to discuss the question of renewing his visas.

The notice of visa revocation ends with a similar invitation for Hon Castro to “...reappear before a U.S. consular officer to establish (his) eligibility for a visa...” Hon Castro wishes to state that he once again declines the offer to make such an appearance because he still has no intentions of travelling the United States any time soon.

In conclusion, Hon Edmond Castro wishes to state that his entire focus and preoccupation has been and continues to be that of serving his people in Belize Rural North as their Area Representative and the People of Belize in his capacity as a Minister of Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Rt. Hon Dean Barrow.