Expats who return to their homeland due to unemployment that came as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Virgin Islands (VI), will get an opportunity to be rehired once the pandemic period subsides and their old job is available.
This is according to Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Hon Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) speaking at the Friday, July 10, 2020, House of Assembly (HoA) sitting.
On Friday, Hon Wheatley announced sweeping changes for work permit renewals, noting that only expats with good NHI and SSB payments will be allowed renewals.
Further, only those living in the territory for 5 years or more, and not having a previous Conditional Permit within the last three (3) years, will be able to take advantage of a conditional permit option to remain in the VI for up to three months to job hunt before they have to leave the Territory.
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