The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has decided to eliminate the requirement for work permits for nationals of CARICOM and the Dominican Republic.
Coincidently, the announcement comes one day after the opposition United progressive Party (UPP) announced its intention to take the same steps, if elected.
In a press statement the Antigua Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) government said the measure became effective on January 1, 2023.
The move it said is “consistent with its obligations under Articles 45 and 46, clauses 2 (iii) and 3 of the CARICOM Treaty”.
“In combination with an earlier Government decision to waive all unpaid work permit fees, which were due up to 31st December 2022, this means that all nationals of CARICOM countries and the Dominican Republic who are now in Antigua and Barbuda and are gainfully employed will not be required to pay for a work permit,” the statement read.
The Gaston Browne-led government said these decisions are an acknowledgement of (i) the role that our Caribbean brothers and sisters have played, alongside native Antiguans and Barbudans, in the development of our country; and (ii) the need for labour as our economy expands.