St. Maarten Work permits now issued in English

POSTED: 01/10/13 12:49 PM

St. Maarten – Yesterday the Ministry of Labor began issuing employment permits in English. Work permits, as they as commonly called have always been issued in Dutch, which according to the Constitution is one of the two official languages for the country.

The work permit resolution has also been translated from Dutch to English and became available yesterday. Minister of Labor Dr. Cornelius de Weever said that both decisions were taken in order to provide better service to customers.

“We realize that most of our business is conducted in the English language and to facilitate this we have been able to translate the work permits to accommodate that.”

The change may be welcomed by employers and foreign national employees most of whom are not proficient in the Dutch language and often hire legal services to explain the labour laws and decipher the Ministry’s justification for rejecting certain work permits.

Minister de Weever also announced that he had recently commissioned a research project into the living conditions and situations of the elderly in St. Maarten.

He requested that the entire community cooperates with the interviewers who will be visiting homes within the next few weeks, armed with their identification and a research tool in the form of a questionnaire.

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