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7.8 per cent increase in work permits issued to foreigners last year

Published:Friday | May 20, 2016 | 5:00 AM
According to the latest edition of the Economic and Social Survey, in 2015, the Labour Ministry issued 4,632 work permits compared with 4,271 in 2014.

Sherine Williams, Gleaner Writer

The Labour Ministry is reporting a 7.8 per cent increase in the number of work permits granted to foreigners last year over 2014.

Under the Work Permit Act, foreigners who wish to work in Jamaica have to first apply for a work permit from the Labour Ministry.

According to the latest edition of the Economic and Social Survey, in 2015, the Labour Ministry issued 4,632 work permits compared with 4,271 in 2014.

At the same time there was a 16 per cent increase in refusal of work permit applications last year over the previous year.

The survey says the ministry received 5,071 applications for work permits in 2015 and refused 52.

The survey also shows that almost 800 permit exemptions were granted to varying categories of persons who are married to Jamaicans, foreigners employed by the government and ministers of religion.