Local government is being challenged on why select expatriates who lost their jobs after the hurricanes are still being sent from the territory even though other local employers are willing to hire them.
According to a policy implemented in December, expatriates living or working in the BVI for five years or more are exempt from leaving, if they are changing jobs.
However, persons who can find jobs but have been living in the territory for less than three years are being sent away and Opposition Leader Andrew Fahie wants to know why.
He will be seeking answers when the House of Assembly sits for the first time this year on Thursday.
The Opposition Leader will ask: “Why [is it that] expatriates currently residing in the territory are being forced to leave as opposed to accepting their engagement with companies requiring employees for the very same hurricane relief works where new workers are being allowed to enter?”
The question will be put to Premier and Minister of Finance Dr D Orlando Smith.
The issue is among a number of other Immigration challenges expatriate workers have been facing since Hurricane Irma devastated the British Virgin Islands last September.
Crowds of persons comprising mostly expats have been flocking the Road Town-based Immigration Department for processing.
These persons are forced to stand in extremely long lines. But, the government is now in the process of implementing an appointment and an online system to address the now cumbersome Immigration process.
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