Self-Employed Permit Form - Only $19.99

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Instructions for Self-Employed Work Permit Applicants

For Non-Belongers who have their own trade license in the BVI, they must apply for a self employed work permit in order to legally work for their company. Once these permits are issued, it is less likely to be denied renewal. Individuals who intend towork for a limited company or one that is already, registered with Company Registry), will not be eligible for a self-employed work permit. They should complete the New Work Permit application form. That is unless they are added to the trade license by the owner of the company.

For Self-Employed Work Permits, you are NOT required to advertise the role in reputable publications consecutively for 2 weeks prior to submitting your application. You are however, required to submit other documents which are not required for the standard New Work Permit.

Self-Employed work permit fees are a flat fee of $575, which differs significantly from other permit fees which are a percentage of ones annual salary. This information is published on ( at the time of creating this post. (25 Feb 2018) We do not guarantee that this fee structure will continue in the future.

If you intend to be added to the Trade License, you will need to prepare a separate form from the BVI Trade Department, as well as provide several other documents like: financial references, police certificates, and character references, among others.

IMPORTANT! Ignore at your own peril.

Please do not leave any question blank. If a question does not apply to you, insert "not applicable" or "N/A" in the space provided. Applications printed double sided on cardstock or coloured paper, with blank spaces, and/or without original employee and employer signatures will not be accepted. The name of the employer listed on the application must coincide with the company name listed on the trade license.BVI Labour Department


Fill out the form below to begin the process

If you get stuck, refer to the instructions just BELOW the form field. Often, work permit applications can seem repetitive and illogical. For this, we apologize. We assure you we have made every effort to make this document assistant is as streamlined as possible.

In the event you cannot complete the form in one sitting, you can choose to save an continue at a later time. No registration is required.

Step 1 of 3 - Employer Contact

  • Applicant Contact

  • Now that you live in the BVI, use your BVI Location (ex. Cane Garden Bay, BVI)
  • If not applicable, put "N/A".
  • If not applicable, put "N/A".
  • If not applicable, put "N/A".
  • Company Details

  • If you do not have a company or trade name, just put your name.
  • If in doubt, refer to the valid trade license.
  • List the area where you will be performing work. If you haven't determined this yet, list a place where you intend to operate. Do not list "Home", instead choose the area.
  • What role will you, as the self employed trade license holder take on?
  • How much are you paid and how often? Example: $500 weekly, $1000 bi-weekly, $2000 monthly
  • Refer to the checklist (to the right or below if using a mobile device) for any additional "Requirements by Industry" or "Additional Requirements by Profession."
  • Put NA - BVI Labour Department use this area sometimes.
  • List your diplomas, awards, certifications, years of experience in the related role.
  • Accounts, Sales, Marketing, Messenger, IT etc. Who will you need to work? If none are required, put none. For example, if you are a freelance writer, you do not need to hire help.
  • Give an idea of how much money your lowest level and top level staff will make.
  • If you are a law firm, you may require a legal or related degree from your staff. You may list as many degrees as you like. You may also require training or certificates as well.
    If none are required, it's ok. For example, if you are a freelance writer, you do not need to hire help. However, if you intend to hire staff, and not employing ANY locals, you can expect resistance from the Labour Department.
    If you intend on applying for a work permit for a foreign employee, will they also be able to train BV Islanders?

Checklist of Requirements for ALL applicants submitting a Self-Employed Work Permit Application.

Note: The name of the employer listed on the application must coincide with the company name on the trade license. If it does not, you should complete the New Work Permit application form. The Labour Department reserves the right to request additional information or documentation as deemed fit.

Additional Requirements By Industry

Additional Requirements By Profession