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Expats don’t have to leave if they get job offers — Premier

Premier Dr D Orlando Smith in the House of Assembly on Thursday.

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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  1. SMH says:

    Meanwhile others are being laid off…or am I missing something?

    • Starwatchsailor says:

      BVI has a massive problem with depopulation right now, you are also in a chronic recession. We need to put our differences aside and work together, there is no time to lose. We need as many people as we can get, expat and belonger who can work hard to rebuild this country before its too late. Tourists are here now but if this place is still a mess next year I guarantee you they won’t be coming back! Action Now!

      • expat says:

        you all send home people who done serve 15 years in the country. just because they lose their job over the hurricane, now u all need people to help rebuild the b.v.i everybody should just pack up and leave let u all suffer. you all to badminded. something dangerous should come and distroyed the whole b.v.i

        • Pssst says:

          Really want the least desirable of the population to leave so BVI could get a new start with better. Cant say I blame him. BVI has been good yo me and I am happy and grateful but a lot of people mash it up.

        • Tom says:

          Expat you sound very evil.Since you have other options, why are you still here? The God Lord will deal with people like you who would want destruction on the same place where you reside. Pray that when destruction hit you will be alive to tell the tale.

  2. Sam the man says:

    Mr Premier do you know what you are doing? Often you only respond with potential solutions when you are put on the spot by clued up members of the public!!!! You should be leading, resolving issues, pro active instead of this continual fire fighting – I think u are a nice man but believe you are way out of your depth and need to hand over responsibilities to much more capable people, please do so soon this is embarrassing to witness continually every week…It was your government that has resided over this expat fiasco and I know of many that would have returned but won’t consider it now and you have only yourself to blame….

  3. Starwatchsailor says:

    Premier Dr D Orlando Smith, I salute you sir!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Honesty says:

    At least admit you got it wrong…Most governments do U Turns when they realise the policy is flawed which this one certainly is but be man enough to admit it – We’d respect you more, but I fear the damage has already been done beyond repair….

  5. Just looking says:


  6. Nothing New says:

    All these government agencies do is give the Premier something to read and he does just that. Immigration, Tourist Board, Labour, same crap. And the saga continues.

  7. Hmmm says:

    Does this man need help?

  8. WOW says:

    What he’s saying and what is happening are two different things.

  9. Yawn says:

    Does this man tells no truth?

  10. SMDH says:

    Why so many people always think that because one is quite they are nice? Those types of people are the most deadly.

    • Sam the man says:

      I always want to look for the good in people, I don’t believe him deadly no Sir….unfortunately the last 6 months have shown he is way out of his depth and no leader, sad but true – the ” No Direction Party” have been v poor, unorganised and inefficient – Rabbit in head lights comes to mind …Things must change as we near the next hurricane season, the people must speak and get engaged ….Andrew Fahie and Mitch are the only politicians I respect because they have passion, heart and reach out to the people… And yes I chose candidates from VIP and NDP because I only respect talent, work ethic and a heart for the people…

  11. VOLDAREN says:

    The hill man suggested this but was ignored.

  12. watcher says:

    The businesses struggling to get back open are going to find that their key workers have been shipped out when they do.

    If the business writes to say that once it opens the person will have their job back then the workers should be allowed to stay.

    If not the next problem will be that there are no skilled workers to get the economy moving again.

    • Stupes says:

      “Those who are coming would be offered jobs”? What about the people who are already here? Has he checked that it really does not have enough people to perform the work in the territory. Some people staying and living off others. Some of them are not paying rent and are not afraid to say that they are not working. So why am I expected to let people stay in my place without paying rent until they find a job.

    • Crazy says:

      What if they have no money to sustain themselves then what? Will the business commit to paying their bills as well? Probably not if it’s a small business struggling to reopen so there is a catch 22 there. You can’t argue with Government trying to ensure that people living here can afford to take care of themselves.

      • watcher says:

        Civilised countries have social security systems that pay people when they are temporarily unemployed. BVI collects a fortune in social security money from workers, the majority of whom are ex pats, and their employers. But it pays out nothing and instead buys tracts of land to help out the ruling families and invests in banks while the people who gave it the money are destitute.
        Another example of the heartless cruel and out of date treatment of people in BVI.

  13. @Sam the man says:

    People not returning is a welcome relief.
    Too many cooks in the kitchen right now belly aching and excercising their uncontrollable and inherrent urge to colonise. If this urge could be curbed the world would be a better place. History does not lie.

  14. gizmo says:

    Ok. But gotta be careful with the permits and jobs of convenience. Premier seems to be easily taken in.

  15. expat says:

    everybody should just come together and leave the bvi. you all to badminded. people get send back home already after done spend 15 year in the country and now you all talking they dont have to leave if they have an offer. because u seeing the country falling u start talk s*^t
    everybody should leave let u all suffer

    • @expat says:

      Yes yes,that would be perfect because BVI need to clean out and clear out the make up of the imported population. Start with a cleaner slate.
      When they go, open the door and let in those more desirable for a better BVI. Bring in those who do not have a reputation and proclivity for crime.

  16. @expat says:

    Yes yes,that would be perfect because BVI need to clean out and clear out the make up of the imported population. Start with a cleaner slate.
    When they go, open the door and let in those more desirable for a better BVI. Bring in those who do not have a reputation and proclivity for crime.

  17. Easy says:

    There are some easy wins here. Some people have been here ten, twenty, thirty years, contributing, no doing wrong and have no status at all.

    We can lose the loyal and the known or we can offer them permanent residency (10yrs) and citizenship (15 years) or at least in the categories we want and depend on most and at a significant revenue fee to government.

    They are all going to be tempted/ forced to by property ( stamp duty revenue and investment in local construction people, for that we need a resident nonbelonger rate at 5per cent). We can also offer 2-3 year permits that match many people’s contracts and get more money in sooner.

    All of this demolishes the build up in labour and immigration workload so they can focus on the more risky or more transient employment.

    This helps stem depopulation which will push the economic problems further.

    Yes, there will be opposition to this but none of it coherent or with positive alternative solutions. The alternative is inexorable decline and to the benefit of our regional and international competitors-which is where future BVI folk will have to move (as expats) to get on.

    If we start with the above, We ALL win. #oneBVI

  18. @easy says:

    Those to whom you refer as ” loyal ” are, in my opinion, in the same boat of undesirables. Their silence on this troubling issue makes them silent partners and coconspirators.
    Their silence gives an affirmative nod to the systematic destruction of these islands by their fellow countrymen.

  19. @easy says:

    Those to whom you refer as “loyal” are, in my opinion, in the same boat. Their silence on this troubling matter gives a nod of approval to the destructive elements of their
    and countrymen within the VI. The are in fact, coconspirators and deserve little or no preference for their requests to remain in the VI as long as they wish.

  20. Feeling used. says:

    So now they realise they don’t have the work force they want people to stay. Anybody else feeling like a raped proustite? Or is it just me?

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