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Kellier: Foreign work progamme applicants with criminal history won't be approved

Published:Wednesday | April 9, 2014 | 1:05 PM

Labour Minister Derrick Kellier is reminding his colleague parliamentarians not to select persons with a criminal history to participate in the overseas employment programme.

Kellier issued the reminder as he told Parliament’s Standing Finance Committee this morning that the Government is in discussions with the relevant countries on ways of improving the visa approval process.

There have been complaints that visa applications are being turned down at the last minute, after the applicants have already made significant investments include selling assets as they prepare to leave.

Meanwhile, the Labour Minister says there are many instances in which foreign police checks on persons selected to participate in the work programme show they have criminal records.

He says members of parliament and others who select persons to participate must be more meticulous.

Most Jamaicans in the overseas employment programme work in Canada and the United States of America.


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