This service allows a Non-Belonger the privilege to work in the Territory.


Step 1:  The Employer/Agent completes the application form and submits it to the Labour Department, along with supporting documents.  

Step 2:  The Employer/Agent awaits a response to their application.

Supporting Documents

  • One passport sized photograph (copy of Photo & Signature page) plus two additional passport size photos
  • Cover letter signed by Employer summarizing request for the Work Permit application
  • Job Description
  • Valid Trade Licence
  • Full page of two Newspaper Advertisements (run consecutively for two weeks with visible dates)
  • Letter stating whether there were BVIslanders/Belonger applicants and if so, the reason why they were not employed.
  • Copies of applicant Diploma(s), Resume, Degree(s) or Qualification(s)
  • Letter from Immigration confirming status in territory (applies to applicant in the territory).

Method of Applying

In Person

Turn Around Time

30 Working Days

Additional Notes

Please see New Work Permit Requirements


Department Contact Information

Department of Labour and Workforce Development

Ashley Ritter Bldg
Road Town, Tortola
Virgin Islands (British) VG1110

Business Hours:

Monday - Friday  
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cashier: 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Email Address:

Telephone: 1(284) 468-4780
Fax: 1(284) 494-3027/468-2570