Minister responsible for Labour matters, Alfred Maoh, has warned that foreign workers engaged in paid employment in Vanuatu without a valid work Permit, will be deported.
He also warned that his ministry will no longer tolerate foreigners who enter the country through a Visitor Visa but later engage in paid employment.
He warns that anyone (foreigners) intending to take up paid employment in Vanuatu, must first obtain a legal approved Work Permit issued by the Vanuatu Labour Department in accordance with the relevant sections of the Employment Act, before entering the country to work.
Illegal workers that do not possess a valid work permit will be deported, Minister Maoh has warned.
The Labour and Immigration laws must be adhered to by those intending to work here in Vanuatu, the minister said in a press conference.
The minister said the Labour Department also needed to be strengthened in ensuring that labour laws in regard to work permit and employment in Vanuatu are fully adhered to by employers or anyone intending to hire foreign workers to work in Vanuatu.
This includes overstayers, whom the minister stressed will also face deportation.
“I am happy to announce that arrangements are in process for the Customs Department to take over Immigration matters before the South Pacific Mini Games and we
now have a One-Stop-Shop with Labour and Immigration Departments under one roof at the former French Embassy in the centre of Port Vila town,” says Minister Maoh.
He assured the public that the government through the Internal Affairs Ministry will effectively provide 100% smooth transfers of administration responsibilities from the Immigration to the Customs Department and in Border Control for arrivals and departures before the South Pacific Mini Games kicks off towards the end of this year.
On the issue of many Asians that seemed to enter Vanuatu in multitude and doing jobs that ni-Vanuatu can do, such as in building and constructions as well as other employment sectors, Minister Alfred Maoh, said this is being address by the Labour and Immigration Departments.
The Internal Affairs Minister outlined policy directions he is now embarking on in the departments and institutions under his ministerial portfolios.
These include; Provincial Affairs, the Vanuatu Police Force and national security, Civil Status and Electoral matters and Land Transport and Labour matters.
He pledged to hold monthly, if not weekly press conferences in order to update the public at large on the developments, changes, and approaches his ministry is taking in order to ensure that the people and the nation of Vanuatu as well as the investors and visitors enjoy a peaceful life here.