Log In

Reset Password

New work permit fees in effect from today

The first phase of revised work permit policies, with a series of changes to work permit fees, come into effect today according to the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Legislation modifying the cost of fees was passed in the House of Assembly last month, applying to all businesses and organisations that employ guest workers.

As a result of the changes:

n One-year work permit fees have increased from $721 to $800,

n Two-year work permit fees have increased from $1,442 to $2,000,

n Three-year work permit fees have increased from $2,163 to $3,000,

n Four-year work permit fees have increased from $2,884 to $4,000,

n Ten-year work permit fees have decreased from $20,000 to $15,000.

The changes also establish new ‘special categories’ of work permits including the global work permit and the new business work permit, which will the regular rate, but with an additional $750 processing fee.

A Ministry spokeswoman stated that the lower rate increase for one-year permits is hoped to encourage businesses to seek shorter permits and increase the frequency of jobs being advertised — giving Bermudians an opportunity to apply for the post.

Home Affairs Minister Michael Fahy stressed that the changes are the first in a broader revision of the policies, with the second phase commencing following a wholesale review of the current policy by the Work Permit Stakeholder Group.

“We are working very hard to grow the Bermuda economy so that there is opportunity for all. It that regard, preserving, protecting and providing jobs for Bermudians is our top priority,” Sen Fahy said.

“And we see these reforms in the work permit policy as key in protecting Bermudian jobs. As I’ve said previously, ensuring social and economic equity for everyone is a critical goal for this Government.

“We understand that the amendments to the Work Permit Policies will not solve all of our current unemployment issues, but we genuinely believe it is a step in the right direction.”

Home Affairs Minister Michael Fahy. (Photo by Akil Simmons)

You must be Registered or to post comment or to vote.

Published April 01, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated April 01, 2013 at 12:54 am)

New work permit fees in effect from today

What you
Need to
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon