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Tuesday, Oct 27, 2020

Work Permit Online System awaiting legislation- Hon Vincent O. Wheatley

Legislation will allow for online document collection & payment transactions

The Work Permit Online System, which is expected to ease long lines and waiting times at the Department of Immigration, is expected to be launched before the end of this quarter.
This is according to Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Honourable, Vincent O. Wheatley (R9), who said the system is awaiting critical legislation to be passed.


Awaiting legislation

In a live update to the Territory on May 3, 2020, Hon Wheatley shared that the Department of Labour and Workforce Development and the Immigration Department have been “working tirelessly,” and are well advanced in their ability to launch the work permit online system prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

“At which time the departments were awaiting approval by the House of Assembly for the suite of legislation to allow for online document collection and payment transactions to take place.”

Hon Wheatley said once these legislations are passed the Department of Labour and Workforce Development would be able to launch the system for use by their clients.


System expected before end of quarter

“As Minister, I am keen on having this system put into place, as it will aid greatly, in the advancement of work permit processing, in this very critical time.

“My team continues to work closely with Januvation Solutions, consultants and creators of the system, so that we are able to launch prior to the end of this quarter,” Hon Wheatley said.

The Work Permit Online System is one aspect of the overall transformation of the public service initiative.

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