Richards On Govt ‘Clearing Backlog’ Of Permits

December 18, 2018 | 25 Comments

Shadow Home Affairs Minister Sylvan Richards today “publicly thanked Government for clearing a backlog of work permit applications thereby recognizing the importance of guest workers to Bermuda.”

Mr Richards said, “I had tabled Parliamentary questions asking how many work permits were granted from September to November and in response, Minister Wayne Caines said that during those three months 2,205 permits had been approved.

“The Minister also broke down the figures to show there had been 1,350 one to five year permits approved. Of note is the fact that the number of permits approved in November of 2018 were more than double the number of work permits approved in September of 2018.”

Screenshot of the chart showing the responses to the Parliamentary Questions

Microsoft Word - Parliamentary Questions - Due December 7 2018.From MP Sylvan D. Richards JP MP CJA2 (1).docx - Google Chrome 12182018 111812 AM

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Minister with responsibility for Immigration for recognizing the importance of guest workers to the sustainability of our overall economy and I commend him for working expeditiously to approve these backlogged work permits,” Mr Richards added.

“Of equal importance, I would also hope that in clearing the backlog left by his predecessor ample attention was given to ensuring that qualified Bermudians were carefully considered for these positions.

“I am curious, also, as to what percentage of these work permit renewals actually went before the Immigration Board for vetting, but that is a question for another day.”

The Parliamentary Questions & Answers follow below [PDF here]:

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  1. Joe Bloggs says:

    The appearance certainly is that the Minister formerly responsible for Immigration was dragging his feet on issuing work permits and that perception is NOT good for Bermuda.

  2. OBA/UBP 4 ever gone says:

    “qualified Bermudians were carefully considered for these position”

    Your oba/UBP did a terrible job when you had Immigration under your belt, so terrible that the PEOPLE marched on Parliament when you and Fahy wanted to give so many people Bermuda Status. Why so many black voters have departed from the oba/UBP but that is a question for another day. 25 to 11

    • lol says:

      Yet now the PLP is saying we must bring in more foreigners to fix/stimulate the economy. They will do the exact same thing the UBP were trying to do except you will be fine with it now because its the PLP and not the UBP…

    • sandgrownan says:

      The economy is tanking. It’s in free fall. It’s well known that there are not enough of us to support the economic shackles the PLP placed on our children.

      We need significant growth in the population.

      • Can you get MILK from a BULL? NO says:

        Shackles OMG.

        Really it was your ancestors that had us in shackles selling us as slaves. Don’t try to get it twisted. You sound like a Republican who received his Bermuda status from a paper instead of blood.

        • sandgrownan says:

          The phrase was used intentionally. Bermuda is screwed, largely due to the ineptitude of the PLP.

          You can march on Parliament, scream about birthright, but none of it pays the bills. Your tiny xenophobic brains are full of seething resentment and you can’t get past it. Your hate prevents you from figuring out how to fix it.

    • cpm says:

      They were never in the OBA
      If the OBA were in power Teachers would be striking/marching about no time to do report cards
      Bus drivers would not be accepting new schedules
      A winter of discontent is looming for the sheepies because an economic hardship is on it’s way-plp will have to borrow[ IMF anyone?]

  3. Sad says:

    I have a question why did you let the smartest man X Premier Dunkely go and replace him with Craig Trump? STOP LOLOLOLOLOL

    • wahoo says:

      Do you have a question related to the article? Do you have any questions about buses that do not run? How about national debt, port royal, grand atlantic, cedar beams, etc etc.? No?

  4. REAL TALK says:

    Aint this the same guy that spent $31,566 Tax payer money to Rio.

    • 2 Bermudas says:

      Det botheres you but $1.2m to Ewart Brown doesn’t? Vats in de titty milk?!?! Ha ha ha!!

    • Double S says:

      Don’t you support the same Party that just gave $1.2mn of taxpayers monies to your former leader while school fire alarms remain inoperable?

      • Poppa spot says:

        You forgot to mention it was your obaubp that attempted to sabotage and destroy the man’s business which he could’ve sued govt for millions!! Like it or not compensation for his losses was the RIGHT thing to do. They had to compensate the hospital board for their losses as well, so it wasnt just Ewart. Why dont you go ask ya bwoy Moniz why he spent 2 million of our money on a failed witch hunt which resulted the payments….oba trolls always giving half truths and full blown lies as usual

    • Huh? says:

      How much money was wasted paying Immigration Civil Servants to do nothing for the past year?

  5. Huh? says:

    These figures tell us nothing at all about the backlog of work permit applications at any point.

  6. Hope says:

    While these figures may look good, it’s difficult to show if they are clearing a backlog if you do not also share figures on how many remain to be processed. Maybe more permits were submitted in the later months and the percentage unprocessed remains the same, who knows. A better statistic would be to show the average days between an application being submitted and it being first taken to the Board.

    • Not Exactly says:

      @Hope, why do you think that specific Parliamentary Question for those specific months was asked? Everyone knew that there was a backlog, Minister Brown and Caines have both admitted it publicly. These number just quantify how bad the problem was.

      • Hope says:

        You’re right they do, but they do not show if the situation has improved, and surely that is what we want to know, if we were already aware of the backlog itself.

  7. 2scoops says:

    One day the PLP will not the UBP/OBA to blame everything on.
    Soon I hope.

  8. lol says:

    Still waiting on my work permits….

  9. The Original Truth™ says:

    The permit types are a joke. The majority can get a 1 year type that renews infinitely.

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