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Work Permit

A valid Work Permit enables Grenadian businesses to bring in skilled workforce from overseas, to meet their own objectives and needs.

Service Information

Grenadian businesses needing special or specific skills that are not available locally shall avail the Work Permit service, to bring skilled manpower from overseas. It is essential that the business demonstrates that local talent is not available towards fulfilling their needs.

CARICOM nationals who have a Caribbean Skills Qualification Certificate or equivalent are exempt from having to apply for a work permit. They shall, however, obtain clearance from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs claiming that their skills match the requirements of the Caribbean Skills Qualification.

Pre-requisites
  1. The business that desires to bring foreign skills has demonsrated that local talent is not available
  2. The business is in sound financial position and has met all its statutory needs towards the Government of Grenada
Process Steps

Note: Form can be used to apply for a Work Permit, or for an Exemption (by Ticking the appropriate box). In addition, the user may apply for an exemption by getting his/ her Caribbean Skills Certificate validated (see below).

  1. Employer fills all details of themselves as well as the prospective employee as requested in the form.
  2. Additional details requested are uploaded as PDF documents that are well formatted and ‘print-ready’. These include the following
    1. EMPLOYEE DETAILS
      1. Notarized Qualification Certificates
      2. Copy of Passport (that includes the biodata page and details of last date of arrival/extensions
      3. Passport Photos
      4. Work Experience (CV)
      5. Police Clearance from country of Residence from preceding 6 months.
      6. Letters of Recommendation
    2. EMPLOYER SIDE DATA
      1. Employer Letter Addressed to Permanent Secretary
      2. Copy of Proof of Finance / Bank Statement from Reputable Bank
      3. Copy of Business Incorporation
      4. Tax obligation status from the Inland Revenue Division
      5. Certificate of Compliance / Registration from the NIS
      6. Letter of Exemption from Payment of fees attached.
  3. Review your Application. Submit
  4. The actual fee, outlined under Payment Details is taken only upon Approval of the actual Work Permit.
  5. Following the internal review by the Ministry of Labour, clearance is taken from other concerned departments that include RGPF and Immigration. The fully cleared application is sent to the Minister of Labour for Approval.
  6. Once approved by the Ministry / Permanent Secretary, you will be updated on the status.
  7. Work Permit Card is created.
  8. The Employer collects the Work Permit Card from the Ministry.
  9. All permits are renewed annually.

Note: Those seeking to obtain an exemption by getting their Caribbean Skills Certification validated shall fill the "Application for Recognition of Caribbean Community Skills Qualification"

Payment Details

Section 5 of the Foreign Nationals and Commonwealth Citizen (Employment) Act - Subsidiary Legislation authorises the payment of fees, to the Accountant General (Treasury, Ministry of Finance), once an applicant has been notified that his/her application has been approved.  Payment receipts must be presented as proof of payment to the Ministry of Labour.  Authorised fees are as follows:

 

  1. Applications Forms: Non-refundable fee of one hundred Eastern Caribbean  Dollars ($100.00 XCD), {SRO 48/2014}.
  1. Foreign Nationals of The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica , Montserrat, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Cuba:  One Thousand Eastern Caribbean Dollars ($1,000.00 XCD), for each desired year of employment(SRO 26/2015).
  2. Other Commonwealth Citizens, North America, United Kingdom and  European Union Nationals: Three Thousand Eastern Caribbean Dollars ($3,000.00 XCD), for each desired year of employment {SRO 26/2008}.
  3. Foreign Nationals (other than those mentioned in #3):  Five Thousand Eastern Caribbean Dollars ($5,000.00 XCD), for each desired year of employment {SRO 26/2008}.
  4. Entertainers of The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica , Montserrat, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Cuba:

 

Bands:  Two thousand, five Hundred Eastern Caribbean Dollars ($2500.00 XCD), {SRO26/2015}.

 

Individuals:  Five Hundred Eastern Caribbean Dollars ($500.00 XCD), {SRO 26/2015}.

 

  1. Replacement fee for loss of Work Permits:  One Hundred Eastern Caribbean Dollars ($100.00 XCD) {SRO 24/2017}.
  2. Penalty fee for late submission of application for renewal:   One Hundred Eastern Caribbean dollars ($100.00 XCD), {SRO 24/2017}.

 

8. 2     Fee Exemptions

 

  1. Holders of a Certificate of Recognition of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Skills Qualification {SRO 6/2015 & SRO 26/2008);
  2. OECS Citizens Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St. Christopher (St. Kitts) and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines are exempt (SRO 26/2015 & Cabinet #520 of 30th March 2019).

 

Exemptions from the payment of Work Permit Fees are granted by the Ministry of Finance. Any person seeking a waiver of work permit fees is required to write to the Ministry of Finance for same.

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: No exemptions are granted on fees for application forms.

Contacts

Ministry of Labour

Ministerial Complex
Sir Eric Matthew Gairy Botanical Gardens
Tanteen, St. George's, Grenada, W.I.
Tel: +1 (473) 440-2532 | +1 (473) 435-4416
Fax: +1 (473) 440-4923
Email: ministry.labour.gd@gmail.com