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As a Tourist... you can only stay in the BVI for 30 days at a time. You can get extensions by going to the Road Town Immigrations and Customs office but it can be a several day long frustrating process most avoid at all cost.

Not sure you can get a "Student" Visa for learning to sail or if one even exist in the BVI.

It is a long process to get a residency certificate but you will need to start before you arrive.

Most of us who spend a lot of time in BVI do it by making monthly trips to other locations such as USVI for a few days/ weeks then return.

You may have trouble getting anyone to provide you with accommodations for more than 30 days due to the restrictions on how long you can stay...

BTW... do not say you are on business when you enter... that will significantly REDUCE the time you are allowed in the country.

While I do by far prefer the BVI myself, you may want to consider taking your classes in the USVI where problems of stay length may not be such a problem.
 

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No idea what the site is talking about. On entry you can get 30 days max and an extension/s (for a max of 90 days total) is possible if you make the Road Town trip but most just hop over to USVI for a while and return for another 30 . Any more than that you will have to apply for an advanced Visa with full documentation

Have never seen anyone get more than 30 unless you apply for a formal visa such as a residential visa which takes time and you need to apply prior to arrival.

Also it make no difference if your US or EU... same limits unless your from one of the excluded countries.

Recommend you check with an official web site for requirements. I think the confusion may be the formal visa vs the normal tourist entrance at point of entry which does not require a formal visa unless your from one of the excluded countries.

My experience for the past 4 years is that....With out the formal visa your stay limit is 30 days or less at the digression of the specific Immigrations officer you interface with at the point of entry.
 
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