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Instructions for Self-Employed Renewal Work Permit Applicants

Renewing a self employed work permit is a much less stressful process than applying for a new one, partly because your company has been established for at least a year. Once self employed work permits are issued, they are less likely to be denied renewal.

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.

The Labour Department claims on their website that the turn around time for self employed permits is "30 working days." We always recommend submitting a couple weeks in advance just to be safe. Keep in mind that if your existing work permit expires before your renewal is approved, you will have to get an extension and pay a $25 fee to BVI Immigration Department.

Remember to submit any additional documents which are require by industry or by profession when submitting your forms.

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. 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 Renewal Work Permit Application.

As always, the Labour Department reserves the right to request additional information or documentation as deemed fit.

Additional Requirements By Industry

Additional Requirements By Profession