Significant, serious and positive interest has been shown in Barbados’ 12-Month Welcome Stamp Programme, since it was announced by Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley.
Minister of Home Affairs, Information and Public Affairs, Wilfred Abrahams, has revealed that 1,079 applications were processed during the period July 18 to August 22, since the passing of the Remote Employment Act 2020. Of the applications received, 764 were individuals and 315 were family bundles.
The five leading countries seeking entry under the programme are the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Nigeria and India. The USA, Great Britain and Canada account for 788 applications, which equates to approximately 73 per cent of the total applications.
Sixty persons have been refused out of the 1,079 applications received based on the fact that they were seeking employment in Barbados and or derogatory reports had been received from the Joint Regional Communication Centre (JRCC).
The Home Affairs Minister stressed that persons considered a threat to national security will be excluded from the programme.
The Welcome Stamp Programme is intended to help fill the gap left by decreased tourist arrivals as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic and to generate foreign exchange. While the Welcome Stamp is intended to be for a year, Government is hoping to convince professionals who would contribute to Barbados’ national development to stay longer.
The Barbadian diaspora working in sectors that would allow them to work remotely are also encouraged to avail themselves with the programme. Further information can be obtained by visiting https://www.barbadoswelcomestamp.bb/ . (END)