Government has discontinued inspections on households occupied by persons renewing work permits.
Premier Dr D Orlando Smith made the announcement at a media conference this morning, February 8.
“When we had discussions, it was decided that it was not necessary because what we want to do is streamline the [Labour and Immigration] process so people can come to work,” Dr Smith said.
The government-sanctioned Immigration Department was conducting home inspections and was not renewing work permits if the applicants were living in ‘unfavourable conditions’.
Acting Chief Immigration Officer, Geraldine Ritter-Freeman said the government department was conducting inspections because they didn’t want persons living in unfavourable conditions to become a ‘burden to the state’.
However, government came under heavy criticism from residents who described the practice as invasive.
Asked whether backlash from residents had anything to do with government discontinuing home inspections, the Premier said: “It’s has been discontinued. Let’s leave it at that.”
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