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Plans to waive work permits for Caricom nationals postponed

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by Robert A Emmanuel (Antigua Observer) Less than a month after announcing that work permit requirements for Caricom and Dominican Republic nationals would be eliminated, the Gaston Browne administration has divulged that it is delaying the implementation of the move.

On January 6, the government made the unexpected decision to remove the need for a work permit for certain Caribbean nationals, stating that it followed a previous decision to waive unpaid work permit fees up to December 31 2022.

Yesterday, Information Minister Melford Nicholas explained that after consultations with Chief Immigration Officer Katrina Yearwood, more details needed to be sorted before any implementation.

“The Chief Immigration Officer and her team did outline a framework that they had presented…and we had to look at the implications for that framework that has been presented,” the Cabinet spokesperson revealed.

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