A construction worker seen taking a short break from work. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

Applications to bring in foreign workers will be suspended until further notice effective today, said the Minister of Home Affairs, in light of the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Abu Bakar Hj Apong in a joint press conference yesterday highlighted the categories and processes that will be affected during the suspension.

The changes are as follows;

– Applications for Foreign Workers License (LPA) for new hires and additional applications, including those that have been filed with the Labour Department before March 21.

– Applications for domestic workers, including those that have been filed with the department before March 21.

Minister of Home Affairs Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr.) Haji Awang Abu Bakar Haji Apong during a press conference at the Ministry of Health. Image: Rafidah Hamit

– Applications for work visas, including those lodged with the Immigration and National Registration Department before March 21.

– Work visa authorisation letters issued by the Immigration and National Registration Department.

– Work visas that will be and have been issued by embassies and high commissions of Brunei overseas.

– Foreign workers who have been issued work visas and are still residing in their home country are to delay their travel to Brunei.

– Employees who have been issued a re-entry visa and are still in their home country are also encouraged to delay their travel to Brunei.

However, applications for renewing Foreign Workers License (LPA) for foreign workers that are currently in the country will be accepted and processed, as usual, continued the home affairs minister.

A construction worker seen on duty. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

He added that MOHA through the Labour Department and the Immigration and National Registration Department will try its best to evaluate applications that will contribute to the operational continuity of the country’s critical sectors.

YB Dato Dr Hj Abu Bakar went on to urge the public, especially employers and employment agencies to provide their continuous support in implementing the new measures.

For more information, the public can contact the Labour Department at 2301848 (during working hours) or 7298989 (outside of working hours) or log on to Immigration and National Registration Department’s website at www.immigration.gov.bn or call 2383106.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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