What is the change? Guyana is strictly enforcing rules that require work permit applicants to provide medical reports and police clearance certificates.

What does the change mean? Work permit applicants should be prepared to provide these documents when they lodge an application. Documents must be translated into English if they were originally in another language. The requirements apply to all work permit applications, including renewals and pending applications.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: Work permits, including renewals and pending applications.
  • Who is affected: Employers and foreign nationals applying for work authorization.
  • Impact on processing times: Processing may be delayed if medical reports and police clearance certificates are not provided.
  • Business impact: Businesses may need to adjust timelines and start dates for employees whose applications are delayed.

Background: Rules requiring medical reports and police clearance certificates were already in place in Guyana, but applications were routinely approved even when this documentation was not provided. That has changed, however, with authorities saying they have taken steps to enforce these rules more strictly because of security concerns.

Analysis & Comments: Employers in Guyana should be aware of the change and should aim to obtain the additional documents early in the application process, if possible. Those with pending applications may be asked to provide the documents before authorities decide on their applications.

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