Under the Immigration Act Chapter 18:01 of Trinidad and Tobago, no person other than a citizen or resident is allowed to engage in any profession, trade or occupation whether for gain or not, or be employed, unless a valid work permit is in force in relation to that person. Immigration Act, however, makes allowance for a person other than a citizen or resident to be employed in Trinidad and Tobago for a maximum of 30 days at any one time in a 12-month period. This means that this person will be allowed to enter the country to work without a work permit only under the condition that he/she will be in the country for a period not exceeding 30 days and will not be re-entering the country within a 12-month period.
Applications for work permits are made through the Work Permit Secretariat, of the Ministry of National Security. Investors may also make the application through TDC. An individual cannot apply for a work permit on his own behalf. The application must be proposed by the Company with whom the individual will be employed in Trinidad and Tobago, the Joint Venture Partner, or by an Attorney. Holders of Certificates if Recognition of Caribbean Community Skills Qualification issued in Trinidad and Tobago do not require Work Permits, provided their status are certified by Immigration.
A person who is a citizen of a qualifying Caribbean Community member state and who holds a passport of that State may apply to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago for a Certificate of Recognition of Caribbean Community Skills Qualification. The applicant must be one of the following categories:
- University Graduate
- Sports person
- Media Worker
Application forms are obtained from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and must be submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Minister of Foreign Affairs shall issue a Certificate of Recognition of Caribbean Community Skills Qualification to such a person if that person meets the programmes.
For further information please contact
Immigration Division of Trinidad and Tobago
Ministry of National Security
67 Frederick Street
Port of Spain
Extracted From: Trinidad & Tobago Tourism Development Company