New Work Permit Fee Increase Effective July 1

Javon Liburd, Staff Reporter | 8 Opinions
Published: June 14, 2017 5:47 pm AST
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The government is now moving ahead with the increased work permit fees, which will now take full effect in the Territory on July 1.

Having first launched the new structure earlier this year, April 2017, the government was forced to indefinitely delay the implementation of the increase, following concerns from the business community. The previous start date scheduled for the increase in fees was May 15.

In a release disseminated earlier today, June 14, Deputy Premier and Minister of Natural Resources and Labour, Hon. Dr. Kedrick Pickering noted that the views of the business community and stakeholders have been considered.

“We have carefully considered the expressed views, and have weighed them against our objective of rationalizing our very dated fee structure, and our current process of improving service and efficiencies within the Labour Department, prior to the determination of the new implementation date.”

The new work permit fee structure is one that is progressive and based on income, where the amount charged for a work permit will be based on an employee’s annual income, and will be calculated as a percentage of that income.

As earlier reported, Hon Pickering noted that under the new fee structure, special consideration was made for domestic workers in the Territory, where they are now required to pay 1% of their annual salary.

He explained, “For all other workers, the fee for earnings up to $25,000 will be charged at 3%; the fee for earnings from $25,001 to $50,000 will be calculated at 5%; and the fee for earnings above $50,001 will be calculated at 7%. Earnings in excess of $150,000 will also be charged at 7%.”

There will be a fee cap at $10,000, which means that no work permit will cost in excess of $10,000.

There was also an introduction of a $50 application fee, in addition to the $75 fee that is currently in place for the issuance of the work permit card.

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