MLSS Now Accepting Online Payment for Work Permits

MLSS Now Accepting Online Payment for Work Permits

As the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) moves closer to the implementation of a new web-based work permit system, the Ministry is now at the stage where it is accepting work permit fee payments through online bank-to-bank transfers. Discussions are also underway to create a full online payment portal for the fees by June 2021.

The new work permit system, which is expected to go live in 2022, will replace the existing paper-based system.

Consultations have been held with stakeholders of the work permit system, including the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency; JAMPRO; the Ministry of National Security and several other government and non-government organisations. A major recommendation that emerged was for the system to be integrated with the Ministry’s Labour Market Information System (LMIS) to enable Jamaicans to have access to data regarding vacant jobs for which work permit applications are being made locally to ensure that work permits are granted to foreigners only when there are no Jamaican counterparts, or where there is a shortage in the labour market.

While we work on the developing the new system is taking place, the legacy work permit system is being enhanced to create an online environment, to allow work permit committee members access to relevant files and documents during online meetings. The environment was tested in December 2020/January 2021.

Using this environment, the work permit committee members, and the Minister or Minister’s Designate will be able to review files virtually, reducing the need for paper-based files and physical committee meetings to make decisions on work permit applications.

Training of work permit staff for the use of this enhanced work permit system is to be completed this month (March) and tender for the new work permit system is to be published in April 2021.


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