The Labour Department is testing a new process for work permit renewals. It is part of efforts to provide a faster, easier and more efficient service for customers.

Persons whose current work permit will expire between April 17 and June 11, 2017 are eligible to participate in the test phase. To learn more about the test phase and for instructions on how you can participate, review the process below.

Persons who do not wish to participate in the test phase should complete the First and Second Schedule and submit same to the Labour Department.


To participate in the testing, please follow these steps to apply for renewal of your Work Permit.

1. Schedule an appointment to submit your application.
a. An employee (or employer on behalf of an employee) schedules an appointment four weeks before the work permit expires. The table below helps you determine the correct time to submit your application. Only one application will be accepted during each appointment time.


b. Make an Appointment
Please provide the employee’s first and last name and telephone number.

2. Get the application package.
Download the Work Permit Renewal Application Form.

Part 1 of the application form must be completed and signed by the employer.

Part 2 of the application form must be completed and signed by the employee.

Please fill out all the fields, print and sign the application. If some of the fields are not applicable, enter N/A.


3. Submit your application.

Submit your application and any supporting documents to the Labour Department on the date and time selected in Step 1. If you are late or you miss your scheduled appointment, you will have to reschedule by following Part B of Step 1.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted. 


4. Check the status of your application.

a. Completed applications for renewals will be processed within two weeks.  

b. During the two-week processing, applicants or your employers may be contacted if additional information is needed.  

c. Two weeks from the date you submitted the application, visit the Work Permit Status Page to find out whether your application has been approved and is ready for pick up. You will need to have your work permit number available when checking the status online.  Alternatively, we will contact you once your application is processed and ready for pick up. Please ensure that we have a correct phone number and/or e-mail to reach you. 


Supporting Documents

All applicants must provide:

  • Completed application form, signed by the employer and by the employee.
  • Valid passport.
  • Current work permit card.
  • One passport size photo.

Other documents we may need:

  • Copy of the employer’s trade license relevant for this work permit. Note: Copies of trade licenses are submitted by employers once a year. If your employer has already submitted their license to Labour Department for the current year, you do not have to submit the copy again. Please confirm with your employer that the current copy is submitted to the Labour Department before you submit your renewal application.

Copy of a renewed professional license for the following occupations:

  • Diver: Certified PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors)/NAVI (Nautical Training) Certificate, Captain license, STCW Certificate
  • Charter Yacht: STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping) Certificate, Captain License/Virgin Islands Boat Masters License
  • Financial Services: approval letter or certificate from Financial Services Commission where applicable.
  • Vet/ Agriculture/Farming: Certified copy of certification from Department of Agriculture.
  • Fishing: Renewal Fishing License
  • Doctor: Renewal Certificate from the Medical Board and the Minister of Health
  • Nurse: Renewal Certificate of Approval from the Medical Board
  • Lawyers: Renewal BVI Bar certificate

Method of Applying

In Person

Turn Around Time

14 Working Days

Department Contact Information


Ashley Ritter Bldg
Road Town, Tortola 
Virgin Islands (British) VG1110

Business Hours:

Monday - Friday  
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cashier: 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Email Address:

Telephone: 1(284) 468-4707
Fax: 1(284) 494-3027/468-2570

Physical Map Location: