The Department of Immigration is reminding employers that they are legally obliged to cancel the permits of workers who are no longer employed to them.
Chief Immigration Officer Franz Manderson said that the department has had to deal with several cases where persons no longer have the jobs for which work permits were granted yet they remain on-island.
Noting that failure to inform Immigration of the changed job status of an employee is illegal under Immigration Regulations (2007 Revision), Mr Manderson added that the employer can be fined for such an offence.
The employee can also be fined and removed from the Islands if found to have remained without the specific permission of the Immigration Department after his or her employment has been terminated.
The laws states:
Where a person whose employment in the Islands is authorized under a work permit, the grant of which is conditional upon his remaining in the employment of a particular employer, ceases to be employed by that employer then-
- the work permit ceases to be valid; and
- the employer shall forthwith give written notice of the termination of the employment to the Chief Immigration Officer, and if he fails to do so is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of five thousand dollars.
Deputy Chief Immigration Officer Bruce Smith noted that the department will be stepping up efforts to investigate and prosecute such offences.
"Department of Immigration's Enforcement and Intelligence Office will deploy all resources available in an effort to identify and vigorously pursue all persons and / or companies choosing to abuse the law," Mr Smith said.
He added that anyone found in breach should expect to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
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