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Video: Voting & Belongers Panel Discussion

Video: Voting & Belongers Panel Discussion

[Updated with video] Bernews will be hosting a News & Views panel discussion at around noon on Wednesday [March 6] with Peter Sanderson, Craig Cannonier, and Cordell Riley set to discuss the suggestions from the British Foreign Affairs Committee which included extending voting rights to UK citizens that live in Bermuda, belongers, immigration and... Read more of this article

Column: Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Column: Comprehensive Immigration Reform

[Opinion column written by MP Chris Famous] “The truth is an offence but not a sin” - Bob Marley Below are some of the constant narratives expounded by those closely related to the OBA: “We need more boots on the ground.” Opposition Leader Craig Cannonier “Swing open the gates to the outside world.” Michael Fahy “The... Read more of this article

Cabinet To Consider Immigration Reform Plan

Cabinet To Consider Immigration Reform Plan

The latest report by Bipartisan Immigration Reform Group “will soon be considered by the Cabinet,” Minister of National Security Wayne Caines said, adding that “we believe that we will have key elements of our immigration reform debated and passed in the House of Assembly before the end of July 2019.”Minister of National Security... Read more of this article

Immigration Group Applauds Court Decision

Immigration Group Applauds Court Decision

The individuals behind the ‘Supporting Fair Immigration Reform‘ group said they “would like to applaud the Honourable Chief Justice for his decision recently to invalidate a $5,000 fine imposed on Ms Ashley Aguiar for taking unpaid work.” “It is surreal that a young woman born in Bermuda and who has lived here for all 22... Read more of this article

‘Policy Not Likely To Take Effect Until New Year’

‘Policy Not Likely To Take Effect Until New Year’

“Implementation of the English Speaking Work Permit Policy was extended to allow circulation to key stakeholders for consultative purposes,” Minister of National Security Wayne Caines said, adding that “the policy is not likely to take effect until the new year.” Background Earlier this year an English Speaking Work Permit Policy... Read more of this article

Sylvan Richards: Where Is Government’s Plan?

Sylvan Richards: Where Is Government’s Plan?

“This Government needs to start communicating with its people about how they are going to address the real issues facing Bermuda,” Shadow Minister of Home Affairs Sylvan Richards said, asking, “Where is the Government’s plan? Is it Fintech or bust? Is there another plan to save the economy and protect the jobs of Bermudians?” Mr.... Read more of this article

Minister: ‘Addressed Backlog Of Work Permits’

Minister: ‘Addressed Backlog Of Work Permits’

The Government said that “another 2017 election promise has been fulfilled with a tangible improvement in the efficiency of the Immigration Department.” The Minister of National Security Wayne Caines remarked, “In 2017, the people called for an approach to immigration that was tough on those who break our immigration laws, protected... Read more of this article

Process For Reporting Immigration Infractions

Process For Reporting Immigration Infractions

[Updated] Minister of National Security Wayne Caines is holding a press conference this afternoon [Dec 19] which the Ministry said is “regarding the process of reporting breaches to Bermuda’s immigration laws.” We will have additional coverage later on and in the meantime the live video is below. Update: The live broadcast has concluded... Read more of this article

Richards On Govt ‘Clearing Backlog’ Of Permits

Richards On Govt ‘Clearing Backlog’ Of Permits

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,... Read more of this article

Parliamentary Question: Work Permit Numbers

Parliamentary Question: Work Permit Numbers

A grand total of 538 work permits were issued in September, 836 in October and 831 in November. This was stated in the House of Assembly as Minister of National Security Wayne Caines was replying to Parliamentary Questions from Shadow Minister of Home Affairs and Environment Sylvan Richards. The Parliamentary Question said, “Would the Honourable Minister... Read more of this article

Minister & ABIR Discuss Immigration Reform

Minister & ABIR Discuss Immigration Reform

Yesterday [Dec 5], the Minister of National Security Wayne Caines and Permanent Secretary Collin Anderson met with President and Chief Executive Officer, John Huff and Director of Policy and Regulation, Suzanne Williams of the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers [ABIR] to discuss immigration reform and work permit applications.Minister... Read more of this article

Group Urges Progress On Immigration Reform

Group Urges Progress On Immigration Reform

[Updated] The ‘Supporting Fair Immigration Reform’ group has again urged the Government to “fulfill its own stated promise of comprehensive bipartisan immigration reform,” saying that “the public has no knowledge about the current state of immigration reform.” A spokesperson said, “The individuals behind the... Read more of this article

OBA: ‘Accelerate Processing Of Work Permits’

OBA: ‘Accelerate Processing Of Work Permits’

“Government must accelerate the timeliness of vetting and processing of work permit applications to help address some of Bermuda’s immigration challenges,” according to Sylvan Richards, the Shadow Home Affairs Minister. Mr Richards said, “In his address to the PLP conference the Premier stated ‘what we must do is move from... Read more of this article