New foreign worker licence to be implemented in phases

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Department of Labour yesterday said that the new foreign worker licence would be implemented in phases commencing October 1.

The first phase will only affect new companies which have yet to acquire foreign worker licences prior to this month, according to the statement issued by the department yesterday.

The subsequent phases will begin in 2017 with applications for additional licences on January 1 and renewal or transfer of foreign workers on April 1.

However, any company which has obtained a foreign worker licence before October 1 may continue to apply for BUR 500 (Work Pass Recommendation). The same criteria applies to those whose applications were processed before the start of the month.

The issuance of the new foreign worker licences will take into account a number of factors including supporting documents from relevant government agencies based on the company’s respective sector such as a letter of support from the Department of Agriculture for a farming-related company.

Other factors will include verification or supporting letters from the Local Employment and Workforce Development Agency (APTK). The department will also consider the number of local workers as indicated by the Employees Trust Fund (TAP) e-Amanah documents as well as the local-to-foreign worker ratio applicable to selected sectors.

In addition, other ongoing government policies that prioritise the employment of local jobseekers will be considered.

The labour department also expressed its appreciation to the employers, employment agencies and general public for their patience and understanding throughout the implementation of the new process for foreign worker licences. – Rabiatul Kamit

The Brunei Times