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08 September 2017
The government has enacted a measure which exempts various categories of people from the need to obtain work permits. In particular, the exemption for directors visiting the British Virgin Islands for board meetings supports the territory's position as the leading corporate domicile in the global economy.
Following the Statutory Rates, Fees and Charges (Amendment of Schedule) (No 2) Order 2017, which changed the fees payable for work permits, including a new fee for temporary work permits (for further details please see "Legislation to change work permit fee calculation enacted"), the Labour Code (Work Permit Exemption) Order 2017 excludes certain categories of people from the need to obtain work permits.
Exempt from the need for a work permit for seven days in the first instance – with extensions based on request – are:
Exempt from the need for a work permit for 60 days in the first instance – with extensions based on request – are:
For all of the above, the relevant BVI entity must produce an invitation letter stating:
This letter must be presented to the immigration officer at the port of entry.
The BVI entity must also collect and pay any tax payable on such fees. Where large groups of persons are exempted (eg, at a conference), notification of the activity and a list of persons exempted is acceptable, instead of individual letters.
The order came into force on July 21 2017. The act states that it will come into force only on such date as may be appointed by the relevant minister by notice in the BVI Official Gazette, and that the cabinet may make regulations to give effect to the provisions of the act.
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