New process for work permit renewals to be implemented

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TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, Mar. 12, CMC – The Labour Department has announced plans to start testing a new process for the renewal of work permits in the territory.
According to Deputy Premier and Minister of Natural Resources and Labour, Dr. Kedrick Pickering, this will begin on March 15 with the full implementation scheduled for May 15.
The revised procedure for processing renewals is part of efforts to enhance the operation of the Labour Department, and to improve customer service in keeping with the ‘BVI Forward’ initiative to reform Immigration and Labour.
“Government is always exploring ways to improve service, and the changes identified through our ongoing partnership with the private sector illustrate our commitment to continuous improvement. Considerable time has been invested examining processes, and we are now at the point of implementation,” said Pickering
“The Labour Department is integral to the transformation of the BVI economy, and must continue to serve as an enabler for employment opportunities by facilitating faster and more efficient business and customer-friendly service. While work permit processing is one of the key services provided, the department will also be implementing plans through its Workforce Development Unit to better assist BVIslanders and Belongers who are unemployed.”
Meanwhile, Labour Commissioner Janice Rhymer said the Financial Services Implementation Unit (FSIU) has been working with the Labour Department, mapping the work permit process, and identifying options for improving efficiency to provide a faster and easier service to customers.
She added that the Labour Department will monitor the test phase of the programme and adjust as needed ahead of the full launch on May 15.
During the test phase, persons seeking to renew their work permits will have the option to complete the form electronically or manually, and then submit it to the Labour Department.
A limited number of renewal applications will be issued using the new process as only a select group of officers will participate in the test phase. All officers will process renewals according to the new guidelines when the revised process is fully launched in May.

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