Fiji Immigration Policy Change Regarding Work Permits

Fiji Immigration Policy Change Regarding Work Permits

As of 16 January 2018, the Fiji Immigration Department will no longer accept the following applications:

  • Short term work permit application – a permit given to an applicant for a term up to six months where the employer can show that the applicant’s expertise and knowledge is required urgently in Fiji; and
  • Extension of 14-day business visa – an extension of up to three (3) months granted by operation of Section 9 (2) (c) of the Immigration Act 2003.

The change in Fiji Immigration policy is as follows:

Fiji Immigration no longer allows further extensions past the maximum 12 weeks (3 months) to the 14 days Business Visa/Permit. This means that you can still come in on a Business Visa for 14 days and apply for the once -only extension of 3 months while you’re here. The applicant must produce a confirmed return ticket, certified copies of their passport(s) (bio-data page), evidence of sufficient funds for ones upkeep whilst in the country, and if approval is granted, the actual passport(s). The requisite fee is FJ$180 and the processing time for a business permit will be three working days. Once the 12 weeks/3months visa expires, the applicant must leave the country.

Those who intend to come to Fiji for work for terms up to or less than one year must apply for a Work Permit (formerly known as a Short Term Work Permit or STP) before entering Fiji. For these applicants, the only exception to the requirements is that there will be no need to advertise the position or pay a bond. However, the applicant must produce a return ticket and the processing time for a permit with a term of up to one year will be ten (10) working days. If you will require a further extension past the one year, it may be possible for the applicant to apply for an extension without having to leave the country. This extension application must be submitted at least 30 days PRIOR to the expiry of the applicant’s current work permit.

For work permit terms longer than 12 months, the position will need to be advertised and police and medical reports must be included with the application. There has not been any change to this permit which is usually referred to as a Long term Work Permit (LTWP) but is referred to by Immigration Fiji as a “Work Permit for Non-Citizen Skilled Contracted Workers” or “Time Post”. First time applications must be submitted while the applicant is out of the country and the processing time-frame of 21 days applies. Further extensions are only up to a maximum 3 years while the applicant is still in the country but must be submitted 30 days before the expiry of their current work permit. The only exception for an extension of the long term work permit is that you will not be required to re-submit a medical report. However, you will need to submit a FRCS Tax Compliance Certificate with the further extension application. This can usually be provided by FRCS within a day if you have met the Fijian tax requirements. Once the 3 year permit has expired, the applicant must leave the country. Any intention to extend their term past the 3 years requires the applicant to reapply for the appropriate Work Permit, depending on how long their term will be, from outside Fiji.

Please ensure documents are securely clipped together to avoid loose papers getting lost and we recommend a copy of all documents is retained by you. Applications are NOT submitted for the approval process if documents are still pending. If you add a required document later, the application time frame starts from THAT new date.

To ensure that all documents are submitted and there are no delays with your applications, FHTA has put together the attached checklist for Members to follow and check off.

Should you not hear back from the Immigration Department within the required time frames, do contact us with a copy of the receipt that clearly notes the lodgement date and application number.

Upload: Fiji Immigration Work Permits Application Checklist

Marine Conservation Agreements Report

Marine Conservation Agreements Report

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 – The marine environment is a vital resource for Fiji’s tourism, yet industry and community efforts to conserve and improve it have largely gone unrecognized and are under-utilized in Fiji’s tourism marketing. The Wildlife Conservation Society and Marine Ecology Consulting conducted a study between 16 March and 30 October 2017 to document the degree and scale to which Marine Conservation Agreements (MCA’s) are being used in coastal waters in Fiji and what contribution they are making to biodiversity, fisheries management and sustainable financing. For full report click here.

Members interested to receive a hard copy of the report can contact the FHTA Secretariat.

SPECIAL WEATHER BULLETIN NUMBER SIXTY FOR FIJI ON HEAVY RAIN ISSUED FROM THE NWFC, NADI AT 09:30 AM ON TUESDAY 3RD APRIL 2018.

A HEAVY RAIN WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR VANUA LEVU, TAVEUNI AND NEARBY SMALLER ISLANDS, LAU AND LOMAIVITI GROUP.
A HEAVY RAIN ALERT REMAINS IN FORCE FOR THE REST OF FIJI.

SITUATION:
EX-TROPICAL CYCLONE JOSIE CENTRE 996HPA WAS LOCATED NEAR 21.7 SOUTH 178.8 EAST OR ABOUT 310 KILOMETRES SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF KADAVU AND ABOUT 280 KILOMETRES WEST-SOUTHWEST OF ONI-I-LAU AT 9 AM. EX-TROPICAL CYCLONE JOSIE IS MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 5KM/HR AWAY FROM THE GROUP.
ASSOCIATED TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE AND RAIN BANDS CONTINUE TO AFFECT PARTS OF THE GROUP.

FORECAST FOR VANUA LEVU, TAVEUNI AND NEARBY SMALLER ISLANDS, LAU AND LOMAIVITI GROUP:
OCCASIONAL RAIN, HEAVY AT TIMES AND FEW THUNDERSTORMS. RAIN BECOMING HEAVY AND FREQUENT FROM TOMORROW.

FOR REST OF FIJI:
OCCASIONAL SHOWERS. ISOLATED HEAVY FALLS AND THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY. SHOWERS INCREASING TO RAIN FROM LATER WEDNESDAY.

FLOOD WARNINGS AND ALERTS REMAINS IN FORCE FOR PARTS OF FIJI. FOR MORE INFORMATION REFER TO http://www.met.gov.fj/current_warnings_b.php.

THE NEXT BULLETIN WILL BE ISSUED AT 12.30 PM TODAY OR EARLIER.

Special Weather Bulletin Number Forty Nine for Flood Issued from RSMC Nadi at 7.25am on Monday, 3rd of April 2018

Special Weather Bulletin Number Forty Nine for Flood Issued from RSMC Nadi at 7.25am on Monday, 3rd of April 2018

FLOOD ALERT CANCELLATION

THE FLOOD ALERT THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY INFORCE FOR LOW LYING AREAS, SMALL STREAMS AND AREAS DOWNSTREAM OF THE FOLLOWING
STATIONS IS NOW CANCELLED.
VOTUALEVU STATION, BA FSC STATION, KEIYASI STATION, TOGE STATION, VATUKACEVACEVA STATION AND WAIMANU STATION.

FLOOD ALERT

A FLOOD ALERT REMAINS IN FORCE FOR LOW LYING AREAS, SMALL STREAMS AND AREAS ADJACENT TO THE DOWNSTREAM OF DREKETILAILAI
STATION TO QAWA RIVER; AND FOR LOW LYING AREAS, SMALL STREAMS AND AREAS ADJACENT TO MAJOR RIVERS OF VANUALEVU AND TAVEUNI.

LEVEL AT DREKETILAILAI STATION WAS 1.7M AT 7.00AM WHICH IS 0.2M ABOVE ALERT LEVEL AND DECREASING.

SITUATION:

EX-TROPICAL CYCLONE JOSIE CENTRE 996HPA WAS LOCATED NEAR 21.7 SOUTH 178.7 EAST OR ABOUT 310 KILOMETRES SOUTH OF KADAVU AND ABOUT 290 KILOMETRES WEST-SOUTHWEST OF ONO-I-LAU AT 6 AM. EX-TROPICAL CYCLONE JOSIE IS MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 10KM/HR AWAY FROM THE GROUP.
ASSOCIATED TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE AND RAIN BANDS CONTINUES TO AFFECT PARTS OF THE GROUP.

TIDE      HEIGHT      TIME
HIGH         2.11M        08.03AM
LOW          0.52M        02.19PM

THE NEXT SPECIAL WEATHER BULLETIN FOR FLOOD WILL BE ISSUED AT 10.25AM TODAY OR EARLIER.

TC Josie Situation Report No 1 as at 1900 Hours – Monday, 02nd April 2018

Water Authority of Fiji

This situation report is to advise of the status of Water Authority of Fiji’s assets around the country following Tropical Cyclone Josie:

  • WAF is working towards restoring water supply to all affected areas in the Western Division.
  • Repairs will be carried out and water supply will be normalized once the flood waters subside to allow WAF crew members to access the affected areas.
  • The restoration operation will depend on the weather conditions.
  • Members of the public are requested to boil all drinking water.
  • Water carting trucks are on standby to service the affected areas as and when the need arises.
  • The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) requests members of the public that require water carting services, to please contact the National Call Centre on 5777.
  • WAF apologies for the inconveniences caused and is working towards getting water supply in the Western Division restored as soon as possible.

Click here to view the full report

For further inquiries, customers can call 3346777 or 5777 (Vodafone, Digicel & Inkk users) or email contact@waf.com.fj.

Source: Water Authority of Fiji

Water Disruption Notice – Western Division, 1st April 2018

Water Authority of Fiji

01 April 2018The Water Authority of Fiji wishes to advise its customers living in Rakiraki, Tavua and Ba and Parts of Lautoka areas that they will be experiencing low water pressure to no water from this afternoon Sunday (01/04) until further notice.

The interruption in the water supply is a result of low reservoir level at the Water Treatment Plants and service reservoirs supplying to these areas.

This is caused by flood waters damaging pipelines and pump stations and also unplanned power disruptions caused by FEA maintenance work.

Due to the continuous heavy rain since last night, WAF engineers have not been able to access these areas due to flooding.

Repairs will be carried out and water supply will be normalized once the flood waters subside to allow WAF crew members to access the affected areas. The restoration operation will depend on the weather conditions.

Therefore, the authority is kindly advising its customers residing in the Western Division to store and use water wisely for their immediate needs during this disruption period.

Water carting trucks will be on standby to service the affected areas as and when the need arises.

The Authority also wishes to advise its customers to boil all drinking water.

The Authority highly regrets any inconvenience caused to its customers.

For further inquiries, customers can call 3346777 or 5777 (Vodafone, Digicel & Inkk users) or email contact@waf.com.fj.

Source: Water Authority of Fiji

Fiji Immigration Policy Change Regarding Short Term Work Permits

Immigration-Dept

As of 16 January 2018, the Fiji Immigration Department will no longer accept the following applications:

  • Short term work permit application – a permit given to an applicant for a term up to six months where the employer can show that the applicant’s expertise and knowledge is required urgently in Fiji; and
  • Extension of 14-day business visa – an extension of up to three (3) months granted by operation of Section 9 (2) (c) of the Immigration Act 2003.

The change in Fiji Immigration policy is as follows:

Prior to the recent policy change, any non-Fiji National person who intended to work in Fiji could seek and would generally be granted, a 14-day business visa upon arrival into Fiji.

That person then had those 14 days to either apply for an extension to that business visa (also known as an authority to work) or a Short Term Work Permit (STWP). The requirement to apply for an extension was supported by a letter from the employer and evidence of a return ticket either on or before the expiry of the term of the applicable permit.

The STWP was granted for between 3-6 months for those seeking to undertake short-term work in Fiji.

For those who required a Long Term Work Permit (LTWP) the practice was to apply for a work permit prior to entering Fiji and this can be granted for up to a term of up to three years before it must be renewed. This route and process to apply for a work permit of up to three years still applies.

Fiji Immigration’s new policy no longer permits further extensions to the 14 days business visa and at present the only viable option for those who intend to come to Fiji for work is to apply for a work permit before entering Fiji.

For those applicants wishing to work in Fiji for terms up to or less than one year, the same requirements as for the time post permit will apply except there will be no need to advertise the position or pay a bond. However, the applicant must produce a return ticket and the processing time for a permit with a term of up to one year will be ten working days. Upon the expiry of the term, it may be possible for the applicant to apply for an extension and the applicant may not be required to leave Fiji before making this extension application.

For work permit terms longer than a year, the same requirements apply and the processing time-frame of 21 days applies.

The FHTA Secretariat still provides members with the endorsement letters required by Immigration.

Vinaka

Fantasha Lockington
Chief Executive Officer
Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association
42 Gorrie Street | P.O. Box 13560 | Suva
Tel: +679 330 2980 | Cell: +679 992 6980
E: exec@fhta.com.fj