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Working in Mauritius gets easier with launch of e-work permit portal

Working in Mauritius gets easier with launch of e-work permit portal

The portal, which is accessible on phones and tablets alike, aims at modernising the work permit application system that has been in place for more than 14 years now. (Image: workpermit.mu)

Both foreign workers looking for a job in Mauritius, as well as employers who wish to hire workers from overseas, can now breathe easy.

An e-work permit portal was launched this week by Mauritius Labour Minister Shakeel Mohamed at the Hennessy Park Hotel in Ebène.

The portal, which is accessible on phones and tablets alike, aims at modernising the work permit application system that has been in place for more than 14 years now.

The portal, which is already operational and accessible on workpermit.mu, provides for quick access to employers and individuals to the online system for electronic submission of applications and payment.

An initiative of the Labour Ministry, the site also provides other useful links such as with the Passport and Immigration Office, and other key stakeholders.

The value-add of this project can be easily inferred from the fact that as many as 26,000 work permit applications are processed annually by the Labour Ministry.

With the new system in place, applicants can now perform and process the following transactions faster: work permit/certificate of exemption; permission in principle; recruitment licence and authorisation card for foreign students wishing to work in Mauritius.

The main objectives of this initiative are to reduce processing time for work permit applications and recruitment licences with a user friendly system, while at the same time decreasing paperwork in keeping with a paperless society.

In his address, Minister Shakeel Mohamed lauded the initiative of his Ministry in having embarked on such a project, which he described as an essential tool towards enhancing service delivery.

He also emphasised the importance of adopting information and communication technology to cope with the modern world while encouraging the practice of paperless offices and home spaces.

He further appealed to all users to make efficient use of the portal to ease the application for, and delivery of, work permits.

The e-Work Permit project is in line with the National Information and Communication Technology Strategic Plan of the Government, which seeks to modernise counter service delivery systems through enhanced use of Information and Communication Technology.

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