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Video: BNV With Minister Jason Hayward

Video: BNV With Minister Jason Hayward

Minister of Economy and Labour Jason Hayward will be joining Bernews at 10.00am on Wednesday [Jan 11] for the latest episode in the Bernews News & Views series, with the Minister set to discuss the minimum wage, year end review, immigration and more. The video will be live streamed below, as well as on Bernews YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn... Read more of this article

Work Permit Policy: Seeking & Changing Jobs

Work Permit Policy: Seeking & Changing Jobs

The Department of Immigration said they have “seen an increase in inquiries and work permit applications for work permit holders who have worked for their initial employer for less than two years.” A Government spokesperson said, “Clause 4.6 of the 2017 Work Permit Policy states that work permit holders can only change jobs in the... Read more of this article

Minister: Bill Addresses Length Of Visitors Stay

Minister: Bill Addresses Length Of Visitors Stay

Minister of Economy and Labour Jason Hayward tabled the ‘Bermuda Immigration and Protection Amendment Act 2022′ bill, saying that it will “clarify and strengthen the provisions relating to the unrestricted period of residence of visitors to Bermuda.” Speaking in the House of Assembly on Friday [Nov 18] the Minister said, “The... Read more of this article

Government Statement On Passport Processing

Government Statement On Passport Processing

The Ministry of Economy and Labour said that “the Department of Immigration continues processing passport applications and endeavours to complete and send them to Her Majesty’s Post Office [HMPO] for printing as soon as possible.” A Government spokesperson said, “The public will recall the July 1, 2022, advisory of Bermuda passport... Read more of this article

OBA: Any Progress On Passport Processing?

OBA: Any Progress On Passport Processing?

“The Government’s inefficiencies are depriving Bermudians of the fundamental right to freedom of movement as promised in the constitution,” OBA MP Jarion Richardson said in regards to passport processing. Mr Richardson — the Deputy Leader of the OBA and Shadow Minister for Labour & the Cabinet — said, “Has Economy... Read more of this article

Update On Restricted & Closed Job Categories

Update On Restricted & Closed Job Categories

The Ministry of Economy and Labour is “advising the public of changes to the closed and restricted job categories, effective from August 1st, 2022, for five months.” A Government spokesperson said, “The Ministry of Labour will extend the moratorium on new work permits issued for the following Closed job categories for five months, ending... Read more of this article

UK Govt Advises Of Passport Processing Delays

UK Govt Advises Of Passport Processing Delays

The Department of Immigration is advising “that the UK Government has confirmed that individuals attempting to renew their BOTC [Bermuda] passports, acquire initial passports, or have their lost or stolen passports replaced can expect delays of up to 11 weeks.” A Government spokesperson said, “The Department also wishes to highlight that due to... Read more of this article

Column: Automation, More Efficient, Cuts Costs

Column: Automation, More Efficient, Cuts Costs

[Opinion column written by MP Michael Weeks] As part of the Government’s commitment to providing services in the most cost-effective manner, the Department of Immigration has undergone a rigorous process review and is overhauling outdated processes and procedures. The objective of the Automation Project is to transition as much as possible away from... Read more of this article

VFS Global Team To Return To Bermuda

VFS Global Team To Return To Bermuda

The VFS Global team will be returning to Bermuda in March to conduct biometric testing for visa applications. A spokesperson said, “Government House is pleased to announce that the VFS Global Team will be returning to the island 9 and 10 March 2022 to conduct biometric testing for visa applications. “Appointments time slots are currently open... Read more of this article

Department Of Immigration’s Automation Project

Department Of Immigration’s Automation Project

As part of the Department of Immigration’s Automation Project they plan to stop issuing hard copy paper certificates, letters, and work permit documents, and “moving forward, all documentation will be sent electronically.” This was from Minister of Labour Jason Hayward as he provided an update on the House of Assembly today [Feb 18],... Read more of this article

PRC Applications Accepted Under New Provisions

PRC Applications Accepted Under New Provisions

Amendments came into effect on December 1, 2021, and Permanent Resident’s Certificate applications “are now accepted under the new provisions,” the Ministry noted today. A Government spokesperson said, “The Department of Immigration wishes to remind the public that amendments to the Bermuda Immigration and Protection Act 1956 came... Read more of this article

Changes To Closed & Restricted Job Categories

Changes To Closed & Restricted Job Categories

The Ministry will be extending the moratorium on new work permits issued for certain closed job categories for a six-month period, ending July 31st, with debt-collectors, telephone switchboard operators, pool/beach attendants, deckhands, and dispatchers [road transport] added to the ‘closed list,’ while recruiter and nail technicians have... Read more of this article

Minister: Improvements At Dept Of Immigration

Minister: Improvements At Dept Of Immigration

Speaking in the House of Assembly on Friday [Dec 10]. Minister of Labour Jason Hayward provided an update on the improvements being made within the Department of Immigration. The Minister’s full statement follows below: Mr. Speaker, Introduction I rise before this Honourable House to provide you with an update on the Process Improvements made within... Read more of this article