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New online permit system to address previous shortcomings

Immigration and Labour Minister Vincent Wheatley said a ‘2.0’ version of the online work permit system that was shelved after being blamed for much of the current work permit delays, will likely remedy much of the ails of the previous version.

“We found a lot of things that were overlooked. We came in, we kind of met this already in [train]. The last one, and we didn’t, for some reason, overlook certain things about it,” Minister Wheatley stated at a recent press conference.

He continued: “We have since identified our shortcomings. In 2.0, we’re going to address all of those shortcomings, including an interface with like NHI [National Health Insurance], Social Security and inland revenue and so forth.”

Going online not an option

Minister Wheatley projected that the new online work permit platform should be rolled out within the next coming months.

“It will probably take us three or four months to bring back online 2.0 which would be able to do a proper treatment of work permits,” the Labour Minister said.

“We must move to an online system if we are going to be able to capture certain data for good, sound decision making. We have already started that process, we had several meetings,” he stated.

“Going online for me is not an option, it’s where we have to go as a country,” he added.

The Labour Department has faced significant challenges with processing new and renewal work permit applications since July 2021; causing a backlog of more than 1,700 online work permit applications.

Acting Labour Commissioner, Michelle McLean, largely blamed the delays on the faulty online platform, as well as a severe staff shortage that the Labour Department encountered.

Minister Wheatley has since moved to address the backlog by enlisting a group of persons, largely made up of retired civil servants, who are expected to reduce the backlog within one month.


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  1. BS! says:

    So – did the people that brought us version 1.0 fix this for free or we must pay twice for a job (perhaps) done once???

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  2. Callwood says:

    Yeah commissioner you are going to solve a lot more problems. Since your post has been confirmed all of a sudden you got energy and chart

  3. Wow says:

    Here we go again

  4. Not2Sure says:

    “Going online for me is not an option, it’s where we have to go as a country,”

    Most countries went online 20-25 years ago for this kind of stuff. Why are we so far behind everyone else in terms of this stuff?

    And why do people in government act like this is progress instead of just catching up with the rest of the world in an area where we are literally decades behind?

  5. skipper says:

    The BVI always has to re-invent the wheel, and get it wrong.
    There are lots of countries that have had on-line systems for years. Why does the BVI think that it is so different that it has to have its own unique software? Ver 1.0 fail, Ver2.0 fail. More expense for the country!

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