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Consider 3 to 5-year work permits & business licenses- Hon Mark H. Vanterpool

- said there must be common sense & efficiency in system
3 to 5-year work permits could see a cutback in almost a third of the number of renewals on a yearly basis, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) has said. Photo: VINO/File
Fourth District Representative in the National Unity Government Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool believes the issuing of 3 to 5-year work permits could be the answer to the backup in the system and inconvenience to work permit holders and employers alike. Photo: YouTube
Fourth District Representative in the National Unity Government Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool believes the issuing of 3 to 5-year work permits could be the answer to the backup in the system and inconvenience to work permit holders and employers alike. Photo: YouTube
DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Fourth District Representative in the National Unity Government Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool believes the issuing of 3 to 5-year work permits could be the answer to the backup in the system and inconvenience to work permit holders and employers alike.

The businessman and legislator also said the same could be applied to business licenses.

‘Every year you have a line outside of Labour’

“Every year you have a line outside of Labour. You know the persons that are going in and for the last 5-10 years they've never been denied, but they still have to come back to line up for another year….and it’s the same thing with businesses, Madam Speaker, some of them have been operating for 20, 30 years but every year they have to over the same thing, over and over again,” Hon Vanterpool said during the debate on the Business Licensing Act, 2020, at the continuation of the 3rd Sitting of the 4th Session of the 4th House of Assembly at Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff’s Bottom, Tortola on Thursday, June 16, 2022.

Hon Vanterpool said he brought the issue up with the previous Minister for Labour and recommended that 3-year or 5-year work permits be considered to help achieve efficiency in the system.

“It's unlikely you'll be sending them back home to where they came from or whatever might be the case but yet you're piling up all this bureaucratic reasoning in the Labour Department for renewing all these thousands of permits that you know have to be renewed anyhow, because you may not have the manpower and don't expect to have the manpower within a given period of time, but yet we renewing every year knowing fully well that it’s an almost automatic renewal.”

He said his proposal would see a cutback in almost a third of the number of renewals on a yearly basis.

‘Use common sense’

Hon Vanterpool said one of the responses he received is that work permit renewals have to be done on a yearly basis in case there is someone local who can take up the job.

“I understand that but we have to use common sense and establish what our manpower is, what our manpower needs are and whether we need to be renewing all of these permits every year,” Hon Vanterpool reasoned.

He opined that Labour Department can decide on a category that it can give two, three or five-year work permits.

He said the Commissioner of Labour would have the right to revoke that license within the three or five years “if she feels she has someone in place for a certain job…”

The legislator said such a system can work without loss to the Government’s coffers, including with the renewal of trade licenses.

“If it's $150 and they want you to give it for three years, charge the business $450 for three years rather than having them come back every year to be renewed,” Hon Vanterpool stated.

25 Responses to “Consider 3 to 5-year work permits & business licenses- Hon Mark H. Vanterpool”

  • (21/06/2022, 07:36) Like (29) Dislike (1) Reply
    I telling yah uncle mark common sense
  • facts (21/06/2022, 07:40) Like (50) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank you Mr. Vanterpool makes total sense. Finally some forward thinking.
  • Chris P Bacon (21/06/2022, 08:13) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    What? That makes too much sense and is actual logic, maybe far too much for both these gov. departments. They have been talking about this multi year work permits since I arrived in 2000. All talk no action....once again.
  • Common Sense (21/06/2022, 08:18) Like (20) Dislike (3) Reply
    How many locals are lining up for a job to clean someone's house? My helper had to pay for several extensions. Got one permit when the renewal date was already past, got the second a couple of months before that expired, and promptly had to apply for a third. SMH.
    • @ Common Sense (21/06/2022, 12:15) Like (0) Dislike (13) Reply
      Tolian owned houses did not remain dirty prior immigration.
      It's not Tolians who import the maids and the housekeepers.
      It is the usual creatures flexing their self imposed superiority with their necessity for human degradation as power tools.
  • Mufeng (21/06/2022, 08:20) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Where there's no vision the people perish.
  • WISE (21/06/2022, 08:42) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good Vanterpool
  • ??????????????? (21/06/2022, 09:04) Like (3) Dislike (22) Reply
    dem cant pay for one dem going pay for three???????????
    • Broader thinking (21/06/2022, 21:35) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      What's the drawbacks? How will labor deal with a person who wants to leave the company before the 3yrs ended? Will there be provision for that, will there be a reimbursement from the $450. Will it be possible to freely leave or one must remain until the 3years expires?
  • NezRez (21/06/2022, 09:08) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
    Thank you for bringing this forward Honorable Vanterpool. As you know, being a businrssman, it gets very frustrating having to do this yearly for employer and employee. As an employer with no employees, my business will not change, so why do I have to do it monthly? The alcohol license should be yearly instead of every 6 months, which is so very frustrating. Please make this happen ASAP.
  • work permits (21/06/2022, 09:41) Like (19) Dislike (24) Reply
    people in this island on permit running from different job to different job and every man mouth shut

    while some business owner been nailed to the cross by SSB or NHI yet work permit holders running free with undeclared monthly income

  • Jane (21/06/2022, 09:55) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    Labor Code 2010 provided the power to the Labor Commissioner to grant 3 year work permits. The legislators already agreed this 12 years ago and yet we're still waiting. This is exactly the issue with the granting of Belongerships: the law says entitlement to apply is 10 years residency but practice has been 20 years. Why are we passing laws but not enforcing them?
  • down2earth (21/06/2022, 10:37) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    I find the idea of "using common sense" by D4 Representative very disturbing. Not that the idea of itself is bad, but that he is NOW coming to the realization, after so many years in the Legislative Council/House of Assembly and holding Ministerial portfolios, that we have to use 'common sense'. So, is he saying that he lacked sense when he was driving? When he himself participated in previous committee stage discussions on same topic? May I suggest that his lack of common sense (and other things) directly contributed to where we are now.

    Please feel free to write that he is now seeing the light because that would imply the opposite.

    (Born here Virgin Islander to the Nth generation)
  • BUSY BEE (21/06/2022, 10:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This idea has been talked about and talked about. It shows way too much common sense, not to mention economic sense.
    But, it offends the prerogatives of the all-powerful government bureaucracy, those who strive mostly to keep their privileges and power, while increasing their pay for their invaluable services.
    Letting loose their strangle hold will not sit well with the bureaucrats, who will think of oodles of reasons it cannot be done.
  • Work permit exemption (21/06/2022, 11:29) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    And what about work permit exemptions? People being serious screwed over with this, people been trying for 2/3 years to submit applications and they’re just not being accepted. These are people that have been in the territory for over 15 years. You know how much money it costs to keep collecting these documents for these applications? Just seems like a money spinner, how about we start getting refunded for all these useless documents?
  • choice (21/06/2022, 11:56) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    People should be given an option if they want to do it for 1 year or 3 years. and If you choose to have a 3 years Trade Licence the price should be a little lower than what you pay annually. Government still has to think about how to help ease the pain of the business owners.
  • bee (21/06/2022, 12:10) Like (14) Dislike (4) Reply
    Who is looking out for the locals and belonged?
    • Phil McCracken (21/06/2022, 14:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      They don't need work permits, duh!
      • BUSY BEE (22/06/2022, 11:53) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        @Phil McCracken - Given the numbers of go fasts (with VERY expensive and VERY thirsty motors perched on the stern) zooming around West End on work days, apparently they don't need work either.
    • Peonia (22/06/2022, 18:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      No one,yet we are qualified and still not getting the job.
  • good citizen (21/06/2022, 12:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Vanterpool. I totally agree with you on this one.
  • vw (21/06/2022, 13:42) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply

    VW created a mess . He didn't have a clue of labour issued. He was trying to play elections game with the permits. 2 years since i have my renewal permit in. Upto now i can't get it. This cost me a lot by buying time from immigration all the time. A friend had the same problem . 

  • Vanterpool for Premier?? (21/06/2022, 17:12) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Like Vanderpool is a real common sense man!! you sure he retiring I smell he has awaken and ready for Premiership!!
  • west (22/06/2022, 16:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Gimmicks! Just like the red lady. Bringing in the cheap labour, work them to death on the plantation for thanks and send them back home before they can collect anything substantial. Do these slave masters have any generations to follow?

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