Government Eliminates NIB, NHIP Work Permit Application Clearance Requirement



Premier Hon. Washington Misck


Government has eliminated certain requirements for work permit application, which it said had proven to be bureaucratic to the process.


The requirements that would be eliminated are National Insurance Board (NIB) Clearance Certificate, National Health Insurance Board (NHIP) Clearance Certificate and a Health Certificate Reprint from the Migrant Health Department if the three-year certificate is still valid.


The Washington Misick administration took the decision at a recent cabinet meeting.


“(Cabinet) approve(d) measures to reduce the bureaucratic process and streamline the work permit application process, in particular removing the requirement to submit specific documents including:

“a) National Insurance Board (NIB) Clearance Certificate,

“b) National Health Insurance Board (NHIP) Clearance Certificate, and

“c) A reprint of a Health Certificate from the Migrant Health Unit, if the certificate is still valid,” the post cabinet report said.


The elimination of those three requirements, Government believes, should add momentum to the work permit application process. At the launch of government’s internship programme this past week, the administration, as well as the private sector said there was a chronic shortage of technical skills almost across all profession. As such, some businesses said they were being forced to look overseas for those skills.


Government stated that the internship programme should see more Turks and Caicos Islanders getting the experience needed to function effectively on the job.

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