While noting that the territory’s borders have been open for far too long, Premier Andrew Fahie has indicated his government will implement policies that could make it more difficult for non-locals to remain or move to the BVI for work.
The Premier made the announcement during a national address on Sunday, June 2 while explaining some of the changes to be made to the current Labour and Immigration policies.
“When the government is finished implementing the reform package (expat regularisation) that will be given to us by you, the people, there will be stricter screening procedures for allowing persons into the territory for work, and also for the renewal of work permits,” the Premier stated.
He further said: “In terms of renewal of work permits, we have welcomed the suggestions brought forward at some of the public events, that the employer applying for such, must furnish the Labour department with a good standing certificate from NHI, Social Security and Inland Revenue.”
The Premier said these new adjustments will provide greater protection for BVIslanders and Belongers in the local workforce.
He argued that it will also create better chances for locals to attain the once hard-to-get jobs. But, Premier Fahie said the backlog of expats seeking regularised status in the BVI issue must be resolved before any of these new measures can be achieved,
“The sooner these issues are put to rest in a transparent and accountable manner, the sooner the government can move forward with the rest of planning and implementing protections for our people,” said Fahie who is also the Minister of Finance.
He said he believes these issues were ignored in the past and for that reason, the territory is now experiencing many problems in the local Immigration and Labour sectors.
The leader of government business assured that all these problems will be reviewed and rectified under his administration.
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