Staffing Plan deadline extension proposed

The deadline for submitting Business Staffing Plans to the Government for companies required to do so will be extended to 31 March 2007.

The current deadline – which has been extended twice in the past already – is 31 December 2006.

‘There’s going to a final extension,’ said Leader of Government Business Kurt Tibbetts at a special Cabinet press briefing on Wednesday. ‘And when I say final, I mean final.’

Business Staffing Plans are required from all companies that employ 15 or more work permit holders. Companies with fewer work permit holders can still submit Business Staffing Plans on an optional basis.

Mr. Tibbetts said the extension would be dealt with as another piece of amending legislation to the Immigration Law that will debated starting next Monday in the Legislative Assembly.

Since the extension is not mentioned in the Immigration amendment Bill circulated to MLAs and the media last week, it will have to be introduced as a committee stage amendment, Cabinet Minister Charles Clifford said.

Mr. Tibbetts warned that after the final deadline, companies required to submit business staffing plans that fail to do so, will not, under provisions of new amendments to the Immigration Law, be able to have their work permit applications dealt with by either the Work Permit Board or the Business Staffing Plan Board.

Chief Immigration Officer Franz Manderson said there where still between 40 and 50 companies, including many construction companies, required to submit business staffing plans that have not yet done so.

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