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Lifestyle 9 What's Trending 9 Inter Alia 9 Get Connected 9 Member Advantage 9 Contact Us sponsor: about us: 8 Practice Pointers 9 w Immigration & Crimes w Immigration & Health care w Behind the Case u going global by Claire D. Nilson W ith some of the greatest reserves of natural resources in the Caribbean, including a multitude of minerals, liquefied natural gas, and a strong petrochemical industry, job seekers worldwide are flocking to Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) to combine beaches with business. Because visas are only good for entry to T&T, noncitizens of T&T who want to work in the country usually need to obtain work permits. A work permit application can be submied by the individual, a prospective employer in T&T, or an aorney licensed in T&T. ere is an application fee, as well as an additional cost upon approval of the application that is calculated based on the number of months' validity of the approved permit. If an employer wants to employ more than nine individuals on a work permit, then a group application can be made. T&T's Ministry of National Security has more information. ere is also a slightly different procedure for those wishing to work in the T&T oil and gas industry. Exceptions to Requirement of Work Permits Noncitizens may work in T&T without a work permit for a period not exceeding 30 days in any consecutive 12 months. is allows the option of either entering the country to work on a short project or starting work while concurrently requesting a work permit. Also, nationals of one of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) member states (Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kis and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago) may be exempt from applying for work permits in another CARICOM state if they have a Certificate of Recognition of Caribbean Community Skills alification (CARICOM skills certificate) and fall within a pre-approved class of people. University graduates, media representatives, athletes, musicians, artists, managers, supervisors, and other service providers may apply for a CARICOM skills certificate from the designated minister in either their home country or the country in which they want to work. e laws relating to CARICOM skills certificates differ between the CARICOM member states. ese laws are generally known as the Caribbean Community Skilled Nationals Acts. e certificate will provide immigration officials with evidence that the person who seeks to enter another member state belongs to one of the approved categories. Certificate holders move freely between all member states and enjoy the same rights and benefits as domestic workers regarding employment. Once an individual has entered into a country temporarily using the CARICOM skills certificate, the host country will typically verify the certificate and then grant him or her permanent residency of that country. CLAIRE D. NILSON works as an associate with ASG Immigration in London and is licensed in New York, Trinidad & Tobago, and England & Wales. The author's views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA or ASG Immigration, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Living and Working in Trinidad and Tobago AILA Global Immigration Forum June 18, 2014 Boston, MA EVENT A masquerader takes part in Carnival, an annual cultural event held before Ash Wednesday in T&T. + REGISTER

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