UPP Will Introduce Work Permit Exemptions Under Our “One Caribbean” Act

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UPP Will Introduce Work Permit Exemptions Under Our “One Caribbean” Act
Under the “One Caribbean” Act, effective 1st March 2023, the new UPP Government will waive all work permit fees for nationals of Caricom and the Dominican Republic, who have been working and resident in Antigua and Barbuda on or before January 1st 2023.
Work permits for nationals of Caricom and the Dominican Republic will be replaced by the “One Caribbean Employment Stamp”, which will be transferable from one employer to another, within the same industry and same job class.
UPP Leader, Harold Lovell observes, “The OECS Economic Union has been effective in bringing citizens of the OECS together as one people and one community. Work permits are not required for OECS nationals to work throughout the OECS, thereby expanding opportunities for job creation and the growth of regional economies.”
He further states, “By replacing work permits with the ‘One Caribbean Employment Stamp’, our ‘One Caribbean Act’ will extend similar opportunities to Caricom nationals, as well as nationals from the Dominican Republic. Therefore, Guyanese, Jamaicans and other Caricom nationals, as well as nationals from the Dominican Republic who have been living and working peacefully among us before 1st January, 2023, will no longer require a work permit. This represents further  advancement towards the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) and regional integration.”
The ‘One Caribbean Act’ is part of the UPP’s “One Caribbean Vision” Programme, which provides a pathway to achieving a more effective and reliable immigration system, that is simpler, fairer, yet also well enforced.
Other reforms under the UPP’s “One Caribbean Vision” include:
– Increasing the staff at the Immigration Office to target a quick turnaround time of no more than 90 days for all citizenship applications.
– Persons who broke their residency period due to their unavoidable absence, caused by the COVID pandemic, will have no adverse immigration consequences.
– Amend the Constitution to allow people who have an Antiguan and Barbudan great-grandparent who was born in Antigua and Barbuda to secure their Antigua and Barbuda passport by descent.
– Create a Department of Immigrant Affairs, guided by a Board of directors from within migrant communities.
– Establish an Immigrant Affairs Desk to promote the wellbeing of migrant communities, with multilingual staff to help applicants with all immigration matters.
– Grant Family Citizenship under a skilled immigration programme.
– Activate the Immigration Appeals Tribunal to ensure quick settlement of immigration disputes.
– The new UPP Government will introduce an “Education For All” Policy which simplifies access to public and private schools for children of immigrants, once space is available. This policy will remove red tape and prevent discrimination in the school enrollment process.
– Immigration checks and Ministry of Education approval will no longer be required for school access by immigrant children.
– The new UPP Government will provide greater access to free public school education for immigrant children. We will construct a New Secondary School to serve the Rural West and Rural South Constituencies and add new smart classrooms to other school plants. This will  reduce overcrowding and improve the learning environment.
The UPP remains committed to delivering immigration reforms and improvements which ensure a better quality of life for all Antiguans and Barbudans.

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18 COMMENTS

  1. The UPP been saying this since 2014 yet the people has not understood the benefits they will see. Vote UPP , make a change in your life this 2023. When God sends you love, peace and happiness, don’t hesitate , appreciate and Vote the United Progressive Party for Meaningful Change where everyone will benefit. A new Antigua and Barbuda 2023 .

  2. Yet another innovation by the UPP.

    You come up with the most thought out and proper programmes and idea 💖. A party of love and compassion.

    You show your competency, compared to the ‘incompetency’ of the ABLP.

    You show you are ready to govern.

  3. We have tried to demonised UPP but they have alot of great ideas I have to be honest. I just care about myself I think I am above the law and anybody come into my personal space I will tump them in their face, don’t like any one oppose me even if they are right

  4. Has Lovell gone mad? This will destroy the country. These parasites need to be deported, so indigenous Antiguans can get jobs. These hungry belly people are thiefing our reparations. Spanish people are lynching black people in the DR in broad daylight in 2023. Why do we want these people here?

    • The same thing me ah wonder !!! Antiguans naffu nyam? Where are we suppose to live when everybody else ah go fly in fu lib comfortable? He better rethink this they will be willing to work for nun while we desire to be paid so we know who is going to end up working since cheap labour is best

    • I wonder what Mr. Byam has to say, now that the ABLP has decided to implement the waivers with immediate effect (January 7, 2023). Most likely its now a brilliant idea.

      One more reason to vote for the UPP because they have demonstrated the ability to come up with innovative ideas that the ABLP can only cog.

  5. UPP has been saying that for a very long time. However under the UPP more people began paying work permit including those who worked for statutory corporations. Give me a frigging break UPP. Vote ABLP for continued progress.

    • @ Soso

      you basically saying NOTHING and YOU ARE NOTHING BUT A DAM LIAR, you minion, are you worried about your soon lost board fees?

  6. The UPP is about each endeavouring all achieving ABLP is about some achieving which is politicians and their self enrichment schemes. Once persons that come want to make Antigua a better place nothing is wrong for people to come. As Caribbean people we just need proper structure . We can’t be Anti Caribbean because we all travel in search for better livelihoods. A party that is for unity and not devision. Let go UPP

  7. Lovell remember 2004 you guys had a stunt also call the millennium passport. Less we forget. You guys come with lies after lies to trick the Caricom nationals. But they are not that stupid anymore. Wheel and come again.

    • @ Stupid, Sideline

      You are right, they are not stupid anymore to vote for the party who doubled their work permit fees and fooled the foreign voters to support them.
      Everyone has wised up to the liard ABLP government.
      BTW why do you have to respond to the UPP’s proclamations? I thought your party has already won all 17 seats, so just sit back relax and chill, U USEFUL IDIOT.

    • Look how all of sudden @ From The Sideline wake-up; and yet when the recent issues with his idol Gaston Browne regarding Asot Michael and the illegal undercover flights from Africa we nah hear nothing from he?

      Sideline, you selective eeh!

      50 years of Birdism and Browneism done boss, so stop harping on about the few years of UPP governance – it just doesn’t compare.

      IF YOU HAD A WORKING BRAIN, YOU’D BE MINACIOUS …

    • @From The Sideline – Yep read the fine print. What in essence it created was a temporary citizenship. Interesting thing was 5 years later, they then argued the same CARICOM nationals were a problem. They blamed them for their almost lost and then started to argue they cost more then they benefit us. Anyway, ignore the noise, ABLP we have laid the framework, now its time to take A&B to the next level

      • @ 20 men

        @ THE NEXT HIGHER LEVEL OF CORRUPTION.

        Justify the US$150,000 theft, the land grab that Asot spoke about, the numerous bounce cheques that Gaston use to issue in opposition but now criticising the UPP candidates, Casroy James under house arrest in America when Gaston said he had repaid the EURO 3,000,000 from Odebrecht. Where did the sudden wealth come from? Justify who owns 25% of WIOC shares, who owns 30% of Jolly Beach.
        You don’t need to reveal, because all will be made public on 19th January 2023.
        GASTON AND YOU minions have destroyed and raped Antigua inside out, and you ALL are like blind mice or either just pretending!!
        GASTON IS NOT ACCUSTOMED TO ANYTHING.

      • TENMAN as we get closer to the election you sound stupider and stupider with you next level nonsense.

  8. UPP Will Introduce the ” Sound Good on Paper” Act however, Practical Implementation will not be micromanaged by the UPP.

  9. Lovel has the idea the laborites have the critics and the paid political prostitutes to reject every good intentions or ideas but when them top dog bark with his lies those little puppies believe every deception and will never comment. They tend to believe every thing the liar say.
    These are some of the things that transpire under this incompetent liard leader

    30% shares In a hotel so he will get the benefits.
    25%share in a oil company
    Place his wife in charge of land while he is in charge of finance.

    PUT BREAD OUT OF WORKERS MOUTH BECAUSE OF NOT TAKING VACCINE.

    CAUSED INNOCENT PEOPLE TO BE TEAR GAS IN A PEACEFUL PROTEST.

    CONDEMN IMF BUT
    BURROWED FROM NUMEROUS ENTITY THAT IS WAY MORE THAN THE IMF

    NOT USING THE CIP TO BENEFIT THE PEOPLE

    SOLD OUT ANTIGUA

    LIED ABOUT TAKING VACCINE TO BEWILDER THE PEOPLE TO GET HIS WAY

    CLAIMED HIS SIGNATURE WAS FORGED, MANY CUSTOMS OFFICERS GOT SHOT AND KILLED

    KIDNAPPING OF CHOKSI

    GRIEVED HIS FORMER LEADER TO DEATH BECAUSE OF HIS BEHAVIOUR

    OBEDRECT SCANDAL

    MOST SUICIDE EVER TAKING PLACE UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP

    ENCOURAGE HIS MINISTERS TO ENRICH HIMSELF WITH TAX PAYERS MONEY.

    TRANSFORMED THE PARTY FOR HIMSELF

    CITIZENS OF ANTIGUA $500, $5000 FOR 5 YEARS CANNOT HELP YOU. WE ARE INTELLIGENT PEOPLE THAT LOVE THIS COUNTRY AND WANT GOOD, NOT ONLY FOR OURSELF LIKE THIS LEADER WHO IS ONLY ABOUT HIS BEST INTEREST. LET US STOP THIS DICTATORA TO GET MILLIONS FROM OUR MONEY WHILE WE GET CRUMBS, WE MADE A MISTAKE WHEN WE GIVE HIM A CHANCE NOW ITS TIME FOR A CHANGE, NO GOOD LEADERSHIP COMES FROM GREED IT ENSLAVES THE CITIZENS

    DONT SUFFER WITH LABOUR
    GET RID OF THEM! NOT THEM AGAIN!

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