Expatriates will not be asked to leave the territory if they have been offered jobs contributing to hurricane relief.
Premier Dr D Orlando Smith made that statement while answering questions in the House of Assembly on Thursday, March 1.
“Those who are here will continue to work once they have been offered employment. Those who are coming in will also be offered work,” Dr Smith said.
He added: “We are facilitating the entry of new workers because there are not sufficient workers in the territory. We are also, as I’ve said before, not asking people who have been offered employment to leave the territory.”
The Premier’s statement contradicts a policy the government implemented three months ago, which mandates that persons who can find jobs depart the territory if they have been living in the territory for less than three years.
According to the said policy, only persons living or working in the BVI for five years or more will be allowed to stay.
There have been post-hurricane reports of persons being told to vacate the territory while changing jobs.
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