The Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association has welcomed the moves by the Fiji Immigration Department to introduce a new policy change for business visas in response to urgent requests from priority sectors such as tourism, construction, manufacturing, maritime and agriculture, among others.
The Business Visa has been re-introduced that now offers a few flexible options of 14, 21 or 30 days for those who qualify.
The new policy also allows visitors to transition to a Short-Term Work Permit while in the country, enabling them to stay longer and participate in work-related activities.
Applicants can enter on the Business/Visitor Visa while they wait for an already lodged work permit application approval.
CEO Fantasha Lockington says they appreciate the Director of Immigration, Amelia Komaisavai’s recognition of facilitating urgent requests from priority sectors, and the Department’s commitment to supporting industries.
She says there is an urgent need to step up work permit processing as employers struggle to replace critical segments of the Fijian workforce that are increasingly enticed to work overseas.
Lockington adds more flexibility in work permit options can support businesses to step up their own training programs, upskilling processes and replacement of key positions.
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