Government is now issuing multi-year entry permits to select workers in the British Virgin Islands.
Non-nationals were traditionally given entry permits yearly.
Non-nationals who are contracted government workers, employees of statutory bodies, as well as persons who have indefinite work permit exemption and have lived in the territory consistently for five years or more will be eligible for a multi-year entry permit.
Acting Chief Immigration Officer, Geraldine Ritter-Freeman said the multi-year entry permit will now be granted in three-year intervals and will be given after the expiry date of the person’s present entry permit.
“This will positively impact those persons and their dependents who are ordinarily resident in the territory but are still subject to Immigration control. It will also aid in enhancing the department’s operations as we seek to provide efficient and reliable services to the public,” Ritter-Freeman said in a media release on Monday (January 8).
She, however, said receiving a three-year permit is not automatic.
The Immigration boss said permits “will be issued accordingly by the interviewing officer based on the individual’s satisfactory history with the Department.”
The cost of a three-year permit is $75. But, according to the Immigration Department, the cost is likely to change ‘pending the proposed increase in Immigration fees’.
Changes are slated for this year, the Immigration Department said.
Multi-year entry permits are said to be in keeping with regional and international immigration reform initiatives.
It comes weeks after Premier Dr D Orlando Smith promised to overhaul deficient Immigration policies in the BVI.
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