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Jun 21, 2017

Swede qualified by Immigration interpretation

Ady Pacheco

Pacheco says the application went to Gordon Wade who made the notation that Dohlstrom was fit for Belizean nationality. It was settled policy – verbal, not written – that the legality of applicants for nationality by marriage was set from the date of their marriage and not date of settlement. So Pacheco respectfully took issue with the Auditor General’s determination otherwise, taking the line set in the Department about its interpretation of the law.

 

Michel Chebat, P.U.P. Senator

“But that is the notation you made.”

 

Ady Pacheco, Immigration Officer 1

“No.”

 

Michel Chebat

“No?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“No sir this is saying to the interview its very specific, interviewed the applicant.”

 

Michel Chebat

“So after you interviewed the applicant it went to somebody else to vet what you have done?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“Yes.”

 

Michel Chebat

“Who did it go to?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“I believe it was Mr. Wade.”

 

Michel Chebat

“Curiously enough there is not mention of Mr. Wade here though. It seems as it went from you straight to the director. Possible?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“Yes, it could be possible, yes.”

 

Michel Chebat

“Would you agree with the comment made by the auditor general that a t the time this recommendation was made for nationality that he did not meet the legal requirement?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“Say again, sorry.”

 

Michel Chebat

“I am asking if you would have agreed with the observations of the auditor general who says that at the time Mr. Dohlstrom got his nationality, he did not qualify.”

 

Ady Pacheco

“I would not agree with that, because we were told that, we were instructed that we had to look for date of marriage and we would go for that specific section that I told you that as long as the person to be a Belizean we would go by his date of marriage. We would deem them to be legal from that date.”

 

Michel Chebat

“And this was told to you by Gordon Wade?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“Yes sir.”

 

Michel Chebat

“Was this in the form of a memo?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“No, that was one of the first things I asked for when I went into that section because to myself it was not very clear either.”

 

Michel Chebat

“And who signed this nationality document?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“The nationality certificate? The minister …”

 

Michel Chebat

“Who was?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“I’m not sure, at that time I think it was Minister Hulse.”

 

Michel Chebat

“Now, was there a prior application made by Mr. Dohlstrom for nationality?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“Not that I am aware of.”

 

Michel Chebat

“You are not aware?”

 

Ady Pacheco

“I am not aware of that.”

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