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Immigration support for hiring expats in Trinidad and Tobago via a PEO

If your business objectives are related to hiring expatriate personnel in Trinidad and Tobago, there are some things you need to consider, from the peculiarities of immigration procedure in Trinidad and Tobago to documents required to get a work permit, and local payroll for foreign citizens.

If your company is hiring or planning to hire expats in Trinidad and Tobago, an in-country PEO employment post immigration might be a viable alternative to incorporation. A global PEO company will guide you through every step of immigration procedure in Trinidad and Tobago and render a ‘no entity hiring’ after visa or permit receipt.

For many years Acumen International has been hiring and payrolling our clients’ expatriates for both short- and long-term projects. If you need to legally hire and pay the expatriates in Trinidad and Tobago, we can help you. Regardless of your business objectives and timelines, Acumen International can arrange immigration and work permit support for hiring your expats in full legal compliance with local labor legislation after the permit has been issued.

Acumen’s ‘work permit and hiring expats through a Global PEO’ solution is designed for:

  1. employer companies like yourself that want to relocate their selected expats to Trinidad and Tobago
  2. individuals that have an employer that is ready to finance their immigration and foreign employment in the Trinidad and Tobago
  3. the service is mainly used by companies hiring highly skilled personnel to fill some top positions in Trinidad and Tobago

Note: Having a single provider that would sponsor a work permit or visa on your behalf and then employs expats in Trinidad and Tobago, minimizes risks of visa rejection. In addition, it takes the hassle associated with immigration procedure off your head.

Unlike other global Professional Employer Organizations, Acumen International can provide extra benefits in addition to work permit support in Trinidad and Tobago. This includes medical insurance, housing, office rent, mobile phone and car provision to meet-and-greet, dependents relocation, etc.

Attention: we are not an immigration service! We do not provide a work permit and immigration support as a standalone solution to individuals willing to find jobs overseas.

Estimated time for work permit issuance

Typically, the procedure of work permit issuance in Trinidad and Tobago takes from 1 to 2 weeks until entry to Trinidad and Tobago, and a further 2 to 7 months before the whole process is completed.

Major steps to get a work permit in Trinidad and Tobago

  1. Work Permit Application
  2. Visitor Visa Application
  3. Entry to Trinidad and Tobago
  4. Work Permit Endorsement

Documents for work permit in Trinidad and Tobago, main applicant

3 Passport Photographs 3.5cmx4.5cm3.5 cm x 4.5cm, in color, with a white background. Face forward, mouth closed, eyes open.Three originals
CV/ResumeMust be up to date.One original
Police Clearance CertificatePolice clearance certificate(s) with fingerprints from every country where the applicant has resided over the last five years prior to the application will be required. These must be no older than six months at the time of the work permit application. If providing a police clearance with no fingerprints, an affidavit signed by the applicant and stating that his/her country of residence does not issue police clearance certificates with fingerprints must be provided.One translated original
Copy of Passport Information PageOne original
Digital PhotoFor online work permit applications, a digital photo is required JPEG file between 380 and 420 pixels wide and 485 and 615 pixels high.One clear copy
Valid PassportOne original
Return or onward flight booking, itinerary or airline ticketOne clear copy
Visa Application FormCompleted and signedOne original
Visa Application FeeAmount varies depending on nationality of applicantOne original
Proof of Temporary AccommodationConfirmed hotel reservations, stating name, address and telephone number of the hotel, including confirmation number. Confirmed accommodation if not a hotel, stating name, address and telephone number of the lodging place.One clear copy
Evidence of legal immigration statusEvidence of legal residency in the applicant’s country of residence, where the application is being made (if he/she holds a passport from a different country)One original
Visa Application FormThe form should have the applicant’s photograph attached to the front page, with the signature of the applicant below the picture.One clear copy
Passport valid for six months minimumWith at least 2 blank, adjoining visa pagesOne original
Medical CertificateIf the work permit is for a duration of more than a year, then the applicant would be required to submit a medical certificate to the Immigration Department at the time of passport endorsement.One original
Security BondIf the work permit is of a duration of over a year, a security bond must also be obtained to cover the cost of the applicant´s return flight ticket. The Immigration department will confirm the bond value, which is based on the applicant’s country of origin. The applicant/employer may need to arrange the bond with a commercial bank in T&T.One original

If you need to have your expat personnel legally work for you in Trinidad and Tobago without having to set up your own business entity for that, trust us to assist you with work permit and immigration support, and then employ your expats locally on your behalf.

Contact our team to let us take up your foreign employees’ immigration matters and relieve you of the responsibility of getting work permit by working with our local partners to organize and obtain all the necessary permits, as well as provide you with a detailed update on the progress of the process.

Call us for more information about how you can get a work permit for your expatriate staff and employ them through Acumen International in Trinidad and Tobago.

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