Work Permit: Update From Jamaica
I recently read the attached article in the newspaper about Work Permits, and since I get several emails about this topic, I concluded I would share this with you the readers.
Please note that most people arriving for employment to the Island generally need to secure a job and have the future employer apply for the work permit before arriving to the country. This new rule however should now give persons some additional time.
Please do your research wisely, as the unemployment rate in Jamaica is extremely high and most jobs generally go to locals first. Unless you have a skill that is needed for a particular job, the going could be tedious… read more:
The Jamaican Gleaner
January 30th, 2011
The Jamaican Government has removed the need for a work permit for overseas technicians required to carry out urgent work on the island not exceeding 30 days.
“If your machine is down and you need a man from anywhere in the world, you won’t have to wait six weeks anymore to apply and to get medical and police records. In fact, you are authorized to get him by computer – technology can bring him here instantly,” said Labour Minister Pearnel Charles.
“If you need the person for more than 30 days, you are going to have to apply for a work permit. Now this time, you are permitted to apply for that permit while the person is in Jamaica; under normal circumstances you would have to apply while he was at home,” he told the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association.
He urged employers not to exploit the system.
Persons seeking employment here are required to obtain a work permit by making an application to the labour and social security ministry.