Storm-hit families welcomed to Bermuda

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  • Scenes of devastation sent from Tortola, the most populated of the British Virgin Islands, in the wake of Hurricane Irma (File photograph)

    Scenes of devastation sent from Tortola, the most populated of the British Virgin Islands, in the wake of Hurricane Irma (File photograph)

Families from Caribbean islands devastated by hurricanes are being welcomed to the island by the Bermuda Government.

A family of four from the British Virgin Islands, who have relatives in Bermuda, were processed by the Department of Immigration and arrived on Saturday.

The Department has also processed 12 work permit applications for staff from overseas-based companies who want to relocate to avoid disruption. More requests are being considered on a case-by-case basis.

Many islands were badly damaged when Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria swept through the Caribbean this month.

A Department spokeswoman said: “Due to the serious hurricane damage inflicted to our neighbour islands to the south, Bermuda stands ready to assist any personnel from overseas-based companies in those areas seeking to relocate to Bermuda for the duration of any possible disruption.

“We have already received and processed 12 work permit applications, some of whom have dependents — spouses and children — relocating with them.

“As was the case in 2004 and 2007, Bermuda seeks no gain from the possible misfortune of our neighbours.

“On September 23, the Department of Immigration landed a family of four non-work permit holders from BVI who have family working in Bermuda.

“Persons relocating under the above conditions, either for work or generally, will be expected to return to their respective overseas territories as soon as conditions allow.

“The Department of Immigration processes requests as they receive them. Each request is considered on a case-by-case basis.”

The spokeswoman said the Department would expedite short-term work permits for staff being brought in.

She said applications needed to be complete, including the payment of fees, while local host companies should provide a list of all relocated staff and their dependents, their nationality, their expected length of stay, and their dates of arrival.

Companies may also need to consult with the Registrar of Companies, Bermuda Monetary Authority and Bermuda Bar Council over some aspects of their applications.

For more information, telephone Chief Immigration Officer Danette Ming on 295-5151 extension 1444

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Published Sep 27, 2017 at 12:01 am (Updated Sep 27, 2017 at 7:05 am)

Storm-hit families welcomed to Bermuda

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