Do I need a work permit? Jamaica
About twice a month I get emails about the above question, and while I have blogged about this particular topic one can never have too much information as it pertains to Jamaica and work permits.
I noticed a writer giving information on work permits in the local paper and felt the information may come in handy for people moving to Jamaica, so here is the article and link.
LAWS OF EVE – Do I need a work permit?
Published: Monday | May 4, 2009
Gleaner Newspaper (Flair Magazine)
By: Sherry-Ann McGregor
Most foreign nationals and Commonwealth citizens must obtain valid work permits from the Minister of Labour and Social Security if they are to work in Jamaica in accordance with the Foreign Nationals and Commonwealth Citizens (Employment) Act.
The act defines a Commonwealth citizen as a person who has that status pursuant to section 9 of the Jamaican Constitution and is not a citizen of Jamaica or a member state of the Caribbean Community.
Foreign national: Someone who is not a citizen of Jamaica, the Commonwealth or a member state of the Caribbean Community.
The failure of the Commonwealth citizen or foreign national (hereinafter called ‘foreign worker’) or his employer to obtain a valid work permit constitutes a criminal offense punishable by imprisonment at hard labour for a term not exceeding six months, or a fine not exceeding $200, or both. The employer can only be prosecuted with the sanction of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Once a work permit has been granted, the foreign worker must engage in work in accordance with the terms and conditions of the permit. The minister has the discretion to vary or revoke it at any time. The foreign worker may be required to produce his work permit to a constable or an authorised person (for example an immigration officer) on demand or within three days.
Failure to comply without reasonable explanation makes that person liable to conviction and the individual may be sentenced to a term of imprisonment with or without hard labour, not exceeding three months, or a fine of $50.
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