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The Government has ended the work permit waiver for skilled workers that was instituted under the previous National Democratic Party (NDP) administration, to aid in the Territory's rebuilding process following the 2017 hurricanes.
This decision was taken by Cabinet, effective April 30, a publication from the Cabinet Office revealed.
According to the release, Cabinet "decided to discontinue the Work Permit Waiver for Skilled Workers programme effective 30th April 2019."
It was also approved that "a grace period of three (3) months following the effective date of discontinuation, which is to be no later than 15th July 2019, for employers in possession of previously issued valid work permit waivers for skilled workers to complete the processing of his/her prospective employees, be instituted."
The Cabinet Office has also advised that a decision has been taken, "that persons wishing to import skilled workers should revert to the existing work permit processes with the Labour Department."
The work permit waiver for skilled workers was a policy created by the previous Government following the hurricanes of 2017. It allowed for the needed skilled workers to enter the Territory through that variation of the work permit process.
These waivers were granted on request of a local employer, once the relevant documentation was presented to the Labour Department.