Minister responsible for Immigration, Vincent Wheatley said a task force is being established to track and uncover persons living and working illegally in the British Virgin Islands.
The minister said this will include persons working for employers outside of what is specified on their work permits.
“We’re asking persons not to do that. Also, there are persons who came in for Mary Jane but working for John Doe and so forth. All those things are illegal and we are asking persons to desist from this kind of behaviour,” Wheatley said during a public social media broadcast with senior officials within his ministry on Sunday.
He continued: “In about a week’s time, we’re going to have another task force that is going to be set up to flush these people out.”
Wheatley made those statements while noting that “a number of persons” are in the BVI illegally.
He said the government has been “very lenient” with persons in light on the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lay-offs and job losses.
However, the minister said persons cannot be made to flout the territory’s Labour and Immigration laws without impunity.
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