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Work permit renewals commence Monday following reported backlog

Minister of Labour & Immigration, Vincent Wheatley.

Following a backlog in related applications, work permit renewals for all companies in the British Virgin Islands will resume starting Monday, May 18.

A media release from the Ministry of Labour & Immigration said all applications will be dealt with on an appointment basis only.

Government agencies and statutory bodies are being asked to submit renewal applications in a sealed envelope.

The envelope must include the name of the department, ministry or statutory body, along with contact details for a Human Resource liaison officer. 

Once the application is processed, the liaison officer will be notified for collection.

Additionally, all persons attending appointments are being asked to adhere to the social distancing guidelines, and are being warned that a failure to wear a mask, will result with that person not receiving service.

To make an appointment, persons are instructed to either call 468-4705/4703/4752 or send an email to immigrationinfo@or

Persons interested in obtaining the list of required documents needed for the work permit renewal can do so by visiting government’s website and clicking the banner marked ‘Immigration Services Checklist’.

Work permit backlog

Late last month, Immigration Minister Vincent Wheatley had stated that there was a backlog of work permit-related applications at the Department of Labour.

He said that the backlog was brought on by the coronavirus pandemic that disrupted regular operations within the public service and the wider territory.

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  1. Ausar says:

    I’m sorry Honourable Wheatley, but it appears I’m missing something!

    I was under the impression that government workers were employed at home!

    So what were these workers of this department, doing during the mandated lockdown?

    Why is it employers and persons concerned, could not fax temporary documents with the premise that files would be completed upon receipt of hard copies?

    Efficiency in government is what’s needed during these unchartered times!

    And with this department, even more so!

  2. Da juice says:

    Good question thou,

    My question thou what if a permit was submitted before this pandemic and didnt get process because of others neglect would that permit go in the pile of reject or what?

  3. Correction to email says:

    Its please correct

  4. Anonymous says:

    Immigration and labour needs strong management. Not a minister usurping his authority for personal gain.Ill just rest this here.

  5. School Children says:

    It will make sense carry out research to make sure that persons who are reapplying for renewal of work permit, do actually have work and have not been laid off or release from work before opening up to an influx of unemployeed persons making matters worse BVI economy.

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