How to: Getting a work permit

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December 18, 2015

Typically, the persons in the entertainment industry contract persons from foreign countries to come to Jamaica during the next few months for their events. However, they will need to obtain a work permit in order to operate within the confines of Jamaican laws. Here is how one obtains a Jamaican work permit.

1. An application must be submitted on behalf of the person to the Work Permit Department of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) by their prospective employer, contractor or legal representative.

2. Employers should also submit a cover letter to the permanent secretary of the MLSS, outlining:

a) The reasons for the application.

b) The duration of the work being undertaken.

c) Any efforts to recruit local persons to carry out the work stipulated.

3. For self-employed persons, the person who submits on their behalf must explain the following:

a) The nature and duration of the work stipulated.

b) Certified copies of the credentials of the applicant.

c) Two passport-sized photographs.

d) The individual's rEsumE.

e) The individual's police record.

4. A non-refundable processing fee of $14,400 will be collected when the application is submitted. If approval is granted by the MLSS, a work permit fee must be paid by the applicant before the permit can be issued.

5. There is a four to six-week processing period before the permit can be issued to the person applying on behalf of the person.

6. These are the fees based on the duration of the work permit:

n Up to 3 months - $27,000

n 3 to 6 months - $54,000

n 6 to 9 months - $81,000

n 9 to 12 months - $108,000

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