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VI reportedly puts ‘hold’ on Haitians seeking work in Territory

- due to 'history' of forged documents by Haitian nationals
Department of Labour and Workforce Development: Reports from the Haitian community in the Virgin Islands is that there is a ban on work permits being issued to Haitians seeking employment in the Territory. Photo: VINO
A Haitian man has argued that not every Haitian should feel the heat for persons bent on flaunting the laws of the Virgin Islands. Photo: Internet Source
A Haitian man has argued that not every Haitian should feel the heat for persons bent on flaunting the laws of the Virgin Islands. Photo: Internet Source
Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9), right, and Commissioner of Labour, Janice I. F. Rymer, left, did not respond to our request for information on the reports of a ban on Haitians seeking employment in the Territory. Photo: VINO/File
Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9), right, and Commissioner of Labour, Janice I. F. Rymer, left, did not respond to our request for information on the reports of a ban on Haitians seeking employment in the Territory. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Reports from the Haitian community in the Virgin Islands are that there is a ban on work permits for Haitians seeking employment in the Territory.

Virgin Islands News Online has since received information that there is some accuracy to the reports.

Work permits denied

According to one of the concerned Haitians, who asked that his name not be published, reports of the ban have been widespread of late and a family member of his has also been affected.

According to the Haitian man, who has been living and working in the Virgin Islands for well over a decade, a relative of his applied twice for a work permit but was rejected on both occasions.

The man said the two applications were for employment with different contractors, adding that the affected family member is skilled for the job he was being hired for.

“The contractors were willing to hire him but the work permits were denied with no reason given. It’s hard for Haitians to get work permits,” the man lamented.

Asked why he felt Haitians were finding it hard to get work permits,” the man said: “Haitians always try to travel to go to the next door (USVI) and maybe they think everyone wants to come to the BVI to do that.”

The man argued that not every Haitian should feel the heat for persons bent on flaunting the laws.

“My family have no intentions to do anything illegal,” the man said, adding that his relative is skilled to do the job he was being hired for. “He can tile, he is a mason, mechanic, drives trucks and has no criminal record.”

No ban just a ‘hold’

Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) and Labour Commissioner, Janice I. F. Rymer did not respond to our request for information on the reports.

An official close to the situation; however, confirmed to Virgin Islands News Online that work permits are being withheld for Haitian nationals at this time.

The source further said they “would not describe it as a ban but there is a hold on Haitians coming to the BVI because there was a history of their documents being forged.”

Virgin Islands News Online will continue to gather information on this story and update our readers accordingly.

49 Responses to “VI reportedly puts ‘hold’ on Haitians seeking work in Territory”

  • island man (07/02/2020, 19:07) Like (15) Dislike (34) Reply
    Big time discrimination this is not the vip of the people
    • Huh? (08/02/2020, 08:51) Like (22) Dislike (3) Reply
      Discrimination? Only in the bvi I see we don’t do thorough background checks in everyone. I mean everyone
      • hm (09/02/2020, 08:54) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
        We need to do something about all the spanish people in the Territory with no proper jobs - thanks for helping out after the storm, you were well paid, but no it is time to go home - and take your loud, pushy bad manners with you. Start on the main road in East End outside the super markets and pop up bars, and then the late night loud music bars with belonger owned cars parked outside!
  • WOWW (07/02/2020, 19:41) Like (16) Dislike (11) Reply
    This is the vip for the people the local people.
    • tretretrete (08/02/2020, 08:36) Like (31) Dislike (1) Reply
      Who you want them be for? They have to take care of their own before anybody else.
  • C tru (07/02/2020, 19:42) Like (15) Dislike (24) Reply
    Transparency...Publivly announce the concern. Publicly announce the intended action..temporary hold and the affected parties would not have to be sideblinded with rejection when they apply or they could make other arrangements or direction...Gosh man,have metcy on people trying to nake a living...Cruelty and unfairness at its best!!!..
  • Jessica Jones (07/02/2020, 20:14) Like (61) Dislike (6) Reply
    Hold off on ALL ASIANS entering the country too.
  • soo (07/02/2020, 20:55) Like (36) Dislike (3) Reply
    You all are very disrespectful to the Government Rules and Regulations of the Territory.
    If you cannot wait then go back to your country. If the Government bow to your request, then everyone will be coming to the Territory seeking employment and their request will be granted immediately without having a due diligence done.
  • ndp (07/02/2020, 22:30) Like (7) Dislike (36) Reply
    This is discrimination to the highest
  • o (07/02/2020, 22:49) Like (5) Dislike (36) Reply
    That's pure discrimination and a so call Christian society. Double standard. They will never reject a work permit for a killer or a drug dealer. They will well come them . They did almost same with our jamaican brothers.
    • @O (08/02/2020, 01:41) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      Your right cause they are allowing ppl from Trinidad, SXM, SK an Venezuela to commit crimes and go back home to eat provision an pork
    • @O (08/02/2020, 03:22) Like (34) Dislike (1) Reply
      Every country have their laws and regulations only in the Virgin Iands every body that come to these shores saying how the country is tio be run. Too much false documents passing around here. We are brothers untill mission is accomplished. Everbody who parade as a brother is not a brother.
  • ReX FeRal (07/02/2020, 23:37) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
    When would they let the chief immigration officer run the dam department?
  • Concerned (08/02/2020, 06:02) Like (27) Dislike (3) Reply
    I applaud the Government. We need to stem the flow of migrants to our shores. Why do you think the U.K. voted to leave the EU? The BVI is a small country and we cannot afford to let in everyone. We simply cannot. We also need to stem the flow of other foreigners as well. Let’s take a wholistic approach. If it was Jamaica, Guyana and any other country, they would be doing the same. This is not about discrimination, it’s about taking measures to maintain the population of a small island territory.
    • Reader (08/02/2020, 20:36) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ Concerned, I quite agree with you. Every country has their rules. We are not against people from other islands, or against them coming here to make a living, but being very small in comparison, we are most likely already outnumbered. Well and good we are finally about to conduct a census.
  • Hmm (08/02/2020, 07:01) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    But the Santos doing it too. Are you going to put a hold on them too?
    • up the hill (08/02/2020, 10:22) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
      What about them Jamdown criminals walking around in the bvi? one was deported I saw him in a bank
    • They need to (08/02/2020, 10:38) Like (17) Dislike (5) Reply
      They also need to put a hold on the Santos work permits also. I don’t see any Haitians in the BVI working the poles or selling themselves to the highest bidder for a dollar or busting up relations. I would prefer a Haitian to be my neighbor than a Santo any day.
      • I agree (09/02/2020, 08:53) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
        The Haitians is not the ones starting the problems, it is the Jamacians, Santos and the Vincys. They need to put a hold on their work permits as well. I agree, I would prefer to have a Haitian as my next door neighbor than the above mentioned. The Haitians is not the problem, it is those Jamacians, Santos and Vincys is the problem and is adding more to the problem with their disgusting behavior and no respect for another mans Country.
  • Norris Turnbull (08/02/2020, 07:24) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Where is immigration leadership on this?
  • Outrageous (08/02/2020, 07:36) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is really crazy, not everyone is going to get through, if everyone get work permit in this little country what is going to happen? Construction is down as everyone can see by seeing all the men on the road looking work, why bring in more on the plenty we going to run ourselves to a real state of emergency let’s watch and see. There should be a ban on all permits right now and let everyone get a job then start the work process again this is ridiculous.
  • OMG (08/02/2020, 08:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • OMG (08/02/2020, 08:05) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
    What about the Vincentian?
    • Lula (08/02/2020, 22:51) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree....put a hold on Vincentians too. Most aggressive set of people here. Always fighting and drunk
    • two cents (09/02/2020, 14:04) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Too many Vincy here. You can't let so many people from one country come in, they could hold one head and take over Territory
  • Why you mad doe (08/02/2020, 08:38) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Go look work we’re you belong they have to take care of their locals before anything or anyone point blank.
  • Greg (08/02/2020, 09:23) Like (2) Dislike (23) Reply
    The BVI is acting just like the U.K. and the U.S., kicking out or not allowing Caribbean people in. I can see not allowing ANYONE from ANY COUNTRY, who had forged documents to enter, but to put a ban on all Haitians is discrimination against OUR OWN Black people. Remember when we Black people could not sit in front of the bus, drink from water fountains or use bathrooms labeled for Whites only, could not eat in certain restaurants, could only get jobs cleaning other people's stinking houses and raising their bratty kids, were treated less than animals, and the list goes on. Does the BVI celebrate our AFRICAN cultures before WE WERE KIDNAPPED and forced into SLAVERY? You are always saying "forward ever, backwards never" THAT IS A LIE!!!!!
    • Ridiculous (08/02/2020, 10:25) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
      It is ridiculous to expect the BVI to accomodate everyone who want to come. If your house is full and your brother or sister will like to visit you, you will tell them I love you but sorry i cannot accomodate you.
    • waste (08/02/2020, 15:40) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
      Tell that Premier Fahie who (foolishly), a second ago gave status to approx 1, 000 . Poverty prostitutuon murder will forever be the life of the ungrateful suc h as yourself.. lands of plenty berating dry emptysmall Tola shame no pride empty pockets empty brains.
  • cay (08/02/2020, 10:21) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    Let my people go
  • Hmmm (08/02/2020, 12:43) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    Let's send home all expats
  • lol (08/02/2020, 12:55) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    Haitians are proud people. Black people in the Caribbean should learn about the Haitian's revolution. They sacrificed their lives to free us from slavery. Even though some of us minds are still colonized . Mentally we accept that we are inferior or the children of a lesser God. We try to be like the masters so we can be accepted. Unfortunately, unfortunately I have to remind you all of the great Bob Marley .in one of his song he spoke about mental slavery.
    Haitians are hardworking and honest people. You never hear that they involve in killing, raping ,drugs ,guns ,fraud, gangs in the bvi. Common, without brandishing any light on my kittians brothers ,jamaicans, vincis ,trinis Dominicans and the santos !!! THINK ABOUT IT. ANY REASON ??????
  • foxy (08/02/2020, 16:15) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    There must be more in the mata
  • Steve (08/02/2020, 19:24) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why just Haitians, when there are so many from other countries committing crimes here? How often do you hear they are Haitian? Weed out the bad ones here and send them home making room for the good people, but don't close the doors to honest Haitians with the proper paper work. The criminals from other countries in our prison need to be deported and never allowed back in here. If you close the doors to Haitians, you should also close the doors and deport those living here giving us the most trouble committing crime after crime.
  • all (09/02/2020, 08:35) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    All work permit should be hold off on
  • jah (09/02/2020, 09:14) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply

    We as black people, we are our own evil . We discriminate against one another . Our forefathers were shipped in the same boat from Africa . They suffered the same pain and torture. They died and threw in the Atlantic as bit to catch fish ,to feed ferocious dogs. They were sold like merchandise, worked in the farm like animals with chain on the feet and NECK . Today in the 21st century we want to inflict the same pain to our brothers and treat them the same way that our forefathers were treated by their masters . We are one race ,one people, thrown on different islands and used by different European powers.
    Remember no matter where you come from the caucasian would always consider us as blacks. White always embraces white no matter where they came from . BLACK BROTHERS WAKE UP AND RESPECT OUR BROTHERS!

  • josiah'sbay (09/02/2020, 10:19) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don't understand the difficulty with the control of the immigrant population. Bring in who you need and send back who you don't need. The key is to monitor them while they are here. Know what they came to do, who are they doing it for and if their service is needed. Have them (or their employers) report their status on predetermine intervals, evaluate it and then make a decision. Unskilled jobs can be set to a fixed number of years and simple rotate them. The problem occurs when they reach that critical stay time and they believe that they are entitle to more (I also think that they will be entitle to more). For easy management don't let it reach that critical point in time.
  • pop (09/02/2020, 18:39) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    10 2 2020 it's vincy put Tortola on d map
  • Mbviga (09/02/2020, 18:54) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The bvi needs a wall
  • Me (09/02/2020, 19:15) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Although I don’t have any issues against Haitian persons trying to make an honest living, too many of them carry on with bad behavior wherever they go. Look at Turks & Caicos, they had to put a halt on them and round up those who didn’t have their papers and send them back. They were living in shanty towns, bringing down the value of the country and they were very aggressive and rude set of people for the most part. Always trying to scam you or bet you down for something yet their customer service was horrible. Look at them in St. Maarten and St. Thomas, running taxis illegally and charging you ridiculous prices. Sometimes there are other issues and the Government knows what they are found. We just have to trust that they are being fair and transparent.
    • jah (09/02/2020, 22:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Me you sound so stupid. Can you read and understand ? I do not think so. Your way of thinking is very poor. It seems you suffer of some serious intellectual deficiencies. Would you like a vitamin just read read,read ,read and read.
  • legal team (09/02/2020, 21:17) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Constitution Order of the Virgin Islands:

    Where is it written in the Constitution of the Virgin Islands that Her Majesty's government must approve a work permit for a person who does not belong to the Virgin Islands?

    Her Majesty's government does not have to give any explanation for denying someone a work permit.
    There is nothing discriminatory about that.

    Working in the BVI is not a fundamental right and freedom in the VI Constitution.It's a privilege that has been extended to nonbelongers.

    Just because something make news,people should criticize the government?

    Absolute non-esence!
  • Hmmmm (10/02/2020, 10:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is the Government duty to put a hold on any nations that they feel threaten their laws and way of living. But if you have a hold on any nations you should let them know publicly so that they don't apply for work permits and waste their time and money.
  • Hmpf (10/02/2020, 14:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Haitians...hmmmmm I sure bet the filipino populations is way more than Haitians. Look at them!!
  • sad situation (10/02/2020, 15:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    In my opinion there are plenty of people here who have valid work permits with no jobs. As one person said construction work is down. If this contractor wants someone who can tile paint etc. go on the corners and conduct your own interviews. If you don't have time pay someone to conduct interviews of some of these people that might have the skill. That would alleviate having to put in a new work permit only to have it denied, and your work being held up. It would only make sense.
  • OMG (11/02/2020, 08:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hodgie you cooking with gas! Well agreed

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