No More Hard Copies! Online Work Permit System Now Activated

Esther Durand, Journalist
July 21, 2021 2:11 pm AST
Esther Durand, Journalist | July 21, 2021 2:11 pm AST
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The days of submitting hard copies of work permit applications at the Department of Labour and Workforce Development is now over, now that the online work permit system has been activated.

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This was announced via a government issued press release by Deputy Labour Commissioner Mrs. Michelle McLean.

“We are working on processing the hard copy applications that were previously submitted before the launching of the system with the aim of going fully digital. Therefore, to avoid negating this process, it is particularly important that no further hard copies be submitted to the department,” she said in the July 20 release.

According to the release, Mrs. McLean urged persons to become au-fait with the system’s user manual that would now be used to submit applications.

“The user manual for the Online Work Permit System can be found on the Government’s website by clicking the banner that says “Online Work Permit System User Manual” or by clicking the following link: https://bvi.gov.vg/content/work-permit-application-system-employers-user-guide. The system can be accessed by inputting the following link into your web browser: https://services.gov.vg/ and persons needing assistance on how to use the system can email wpportalhelp@gov.vg,” the release informed.

The recently launched platform aims to reduce in-person contact and streamline the entire process.

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Employers will be able to track the progress of the work permit applications, and notifications will be issued if necessary documents are missing.
It is also part of the transformation of the public service offerings.

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