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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most cost-effective manner, the Department of Immigration has undergone a rigorous process review and is overhauling outdated processes and procedures.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

Minister: EIC Holders Investment Is Over $39.5M

Minister: EIC Holders Investment Is Over $39.5M

[Updated] Minister of Labour Jason Hayward is holding a press conference this morning [Nov 24] to “provide an update on immigration initiatives in support of Bermuda’s economy,” and it is scheduled to start at 11am, so the live video below should begin then. Update: The Minister said that in the eight months since the launch of the Economic... Read more of this article

Column: Immigration Policies & Initiatives

Column: Immigration Policies & Initiatives

[Opinion column written by MP Michael Weeks] Without much warning, the pandemic steered Bermuda into an unprecedented downward slide which led to: Enforcement of shelter in place; Shutting down of Bermuda’s borders; An unforgiving blow to the hospitality industry with well over a thousand workers being forced to shelter at home without pay; Hundreds... Read more of this article

Column: Cunningham On Labour & Immigration

Column: Cunningham On Labour & Immigration

[Opinion column written by the OBA's Victoria Cunningham] The recent Throne Speech laid out a number of Government initiatives and ideas to move Bermuda beyond the pandemic. While it needs to be said that we should be working together to protect our economy and get Bermudians back to work, the report gave little detail to how these would work in our... Read more of this article