March 26 2010
Applying to the Immigration Department of the Ministry of Labour, Home Affairs and Housing for a work permit need not be complicated and burdensome. If the guidelines in the Work Permit Policy 2001 are adhered to the process can be smooth and timely.
An incomplete application will be rejected by the department and returned to the sender.
The documents required by the department for an initial work permit application must be attached to an English translation if they are in a foreign language. They include:
If an applicant is accompanied by a spouse and children, applications must be made for them. Immigration policy states that if an applicant has more than two children, special permission is required. If the spouse or children will not be accompanying the applicant to Bermuda, the applicant must sign a letter to that effect.
If an individual, rather than a company or entity, applies for a work permit, proof must be submitted to the department that the applicant's health insurance and social insurance have been paid in a timely manner.
If relevant documentation is in order an application can be processed by the department in four to six weeks.
The application form must be signed by both employer and employee. The applicant must declare that the application is true and acknowledge that if any facts are untrue the work permit will be withdrawn, he or she will be required to leave Bermuda and may incur further penalties.
Issues which lead to the revocation of a work permit where a false declaration has been made typically relate to the marital status of an applicant or his or her children.
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