When you start building your international team, you’ll likely find many talented citizens in your country of expansion. You may also choose to send some of your current employees abroad to support development. For these situations, you need the right documentation for legal employment.
Types of Work Visas in Grenada
The island nation of Grenada offers one type of work permit that lasts for a year. If an individual needs to renew their work permit, they must reapply three months before their documentation expires. If they don’t start this process early, they will incur a fine.
Requirements to Obtain Grenada Work Visas
When an employee applies for their work permit, they need a series of documents proving their identity and origin:
- A copy of a valid passport
- Two passport-sized photos
- Police clearance in the applicant’s country of origin
- Notarized certificates of qualification
- Two professional references
The application process also requires legal confirmations from your company. It’s essential for applicants to already have a job offer with your company before beginning the process — they need a letter from you explaining your need for an international employee and a copy of your certificate of incorporation. Other elements include:
- Tax obligation status from the Inland Revenue Division (IRD)
- Certificate of registration from the National Insurance Scheme (NIS)
- Proof of finances
While the country encourages international investors, it prioritizes citizens for jobs on the island. You must have reasonable cause for hiring a nonnational and keep vacancies posted for three weeks before hiring a noncitizen.
Applicants need to submit all required documents and a completed application form to the appropriate Minister of Labor for the position. While the Minister processes the application, you need to prove your company has a training program in place to transfer skills to nationals.
Application processing takes about two weeks, and applicants have a month to supply all necessary documents to supplement their applications. Every form has to be in English or translated into English and notarized. Individuals have 48 hours to submit their payment for the applications.
Once your worker receives their work permit, they must show their documentation to the Immigration and Passport Department along with their passport. Final confirmation will allow them to begin work.
Other Important Considerations
The country has diverse visa requirements for citizens of every country, so it’s essential to understand what your employees need to enter the borders. UK citizens, for example, can enter the country visa-free for six months. Citizens of many countries in North America, South America, and Europe can come to Grenada visa-free for three months.
It’s also crucial to note that applicants cannot receive a work permit if they currently have a visitor’s visa. For citizens of countries that need visitor’s visas, work permit applications should occur at a nearby consulate.
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nationals do not need work permits to work in the country. In place of a work permit application, CARICOM citizens can present a Caribbean Skills Qualification Certificate or an equivalent document.
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As you navigate the exciting challenges of expansion to Grenada, you’ll want an experienced global PEO on your side. Contact our team today to learn more about how we can help you begin working fast.