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July 23rd, 2019
Work permit applications to go digital by end of August

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Employers have been given the assurance that by the end of August 2019, they would be able to log on to their computers and file applications and make payments for work permits as the Government of the Virgin Islands progresses in digitalising some of its core systems.

June 7th, 2019
The Labour Department to be renamed

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Labour Department will soon be known as the Department of Labour and Workforce Development.

February 25th, 2018
Appointment system coming March 1 @ Immigration Dept

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Changes continue to be made at the Immigration Department in order to reduce the length of time persons spend doing business there. As of March 1, 2018, persons can now schedule appointments to receive services from the Immigration Department at their convenient time.

February 14th, 2018
Poor service & frustration continue at Department of Immigration

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Acting Chief Immigration Officer, Geraldine Ritter-Freeman had said in November 2017 that there were many challenges facing the Department of Immigration and had pleaded with the public to bear with it as it seeks to return to normal service in a timely manner.

July 19th, 2017
Winners & losers of work permit fee increases

Alred C. Frett

Replacing Reality with Fantasy and Democracy with Dictatorship: We are all different and yet we are all the same because as the pinnacle of Homo sapiens we share more in common than we differ...

June 13th, 2017
Take ‘a serious look’ @ how work permits are issued- Hon Maduro-Caines

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI –Sixth District Representative Honourable Alvera Maduro-Caines made a very firm representation in the Seventh Sitting of the Second Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA) on Tuesday June 6, 2017, calling on Government to “take a serious look at how work permits are being issued” in the Virgin Islands.

February 22nd, 2017
People feel like 'the walls of Jericho are falling'- Doug Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Bringing into focus, the doctors “sick-out” at Peebles Hospital, host of the Speak Out BVI show on ZBVI 780 AM, Doug Wheatley, on Tuesday February 21, 2017 said many people who approach him on the streets, perceive that “nothing seems to be working” and it looks like the “walls of Jericho are falling.”

November 22nd, 2016
We need clear Labour & Immigration policies- John Samuel

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Retired public servant and businessman, Mr John Samuel has blasted the Government on their issuing of work permits “to all and sundry”, lamenting that the policies in that regard needs to be revisited.

September 2nd, 2016
VI musician work permits on agenda for IVIC meeting today

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The unresolved issue regarding work permits for musicians from the Virgin Islands to perform in the US Virgin Islands (USVI) will be on the agenda for discussion when Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith and USVI Governor Kenneth E. Mapp convene the seventh meeting of the Inter Virgin Islands Council (IVIC) at Government House in the USVI today, September 2, 2016.

April 29th, 2016
We are doing the decent thing with Little Dix Bay workers - Dr Pickering

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) said the closure of Rosewood Little Dix Bay and Biras Creek on the sister island of Virgin Gorda has created exceptional circumstances which necessitate a departure from the norm in preferring VIslanders and Belongers over non-Belongers.

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