BVI: Expatriates permitted to remain in BVI if offered jobs

By Barbados Today

(BARBADOS TODAY) – Premier Dr Orlando Smith says expatriates will not be asked to leave the territory if they have been offered jobs contributing to hurricane relief.

The statement made by the Premier on Thursday, contradicts a policy implemented by the government three months ago, in which persons who found jobs would be asked to leave the territory if they have been living here for less than three years.

However, Smith said – “Those who are here will continue to work once they have been offered employment. Those who are coming in will also be offered work.”

“We are facilitating the entry of new workers because there are not sufficient workers in the territory. We are also, as I’ve said before, not asking people who have been offered employment to leave the territory,” he added.

In the previous policy, only persons living or working in the BVI for five years or more were allowed to stay while transitioning to a new job.

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