Junior Minister for Trade Marlon Penn has announced plans to merge the Labour and Immigration processes by next month.
While speaking on the NDP Radio programme on Monday, Penn said the merger is to make the Labour and Immigration process seamless for persons applying for work permits and Immigration clearance.
He said getting rid of the long lines outside the Immigration Department in Road Town was the first step of the merger.
Queueing has now been replaced with an appointment system and a soon-be-implemented online system.
The Junior Minister said: “We are now assiduously working on amalgamating the Labour and Immigration processes … That is envisaged to [be placed] online by early April. So, persons could schedule, attach their documents that are necessary for clearance, attach the Labour and Immigration documents, or have that process be addressed simultaneously.”
In the meantime, Penn announced that government has a benefactor who wants to donate the programming software for the e-government platform.
“We are now vetting that proposal with a view of possibly taking up the offer,” he said.
According to Penn, that donation would save the government about $10 million.
He also publicly expressed his gratitude to all who assisted the territory after hurricanes Irma and Maria.
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