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IslandHops
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In trying to keep up with what is going on with the Limetree Bay operating agreement I caught some of the legislature coverage today. They passed a new bill 31-0292 which impacts how EDC beneficiary companies classify 'local' workers. While I did not hear the full details it was something to the effect of: if you move here to work for an EDC company then even after one year you cannot be counted as local.
If this is the intent of the legislation then it could have a serious impact on anyone moving here intending to work for an EDC company.

BUT the real travesty is that this bill 31-0292 is missing from the legislatures web site bill tracker http://www.legvi.org/vilegsearch/Default.aspx so you can't even review the details of this important piece of legislation!

I've e-mailed a couple of the more 'responsible' senators so we'll see if there is any reply as to why this is missing.

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Alana33
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I think before this, one had to live here for 1 year prior to being hired by an EDC if not a local.

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I think before this, one had to live here for 1 year prior to being hired by an EDC if not a local.

From the EDC website relating to the requirement that 80% of employees must be bona fide residents of the USVI:

"“Resident of the Virgin Islands” means (1) Any U.S. citizen domiciled in the Virgin Islands for one (1) year or more; (2) A person who has attended a school in the Virgin Islands for at least six (6) years or is a high school or University of the
Virgin Islands graduate and who is registered to vote in the Virgin Islands; or (3) A lawful permanent resident alien domiciled in the Virgin Islands for one (1) year or more.
A person shall demonstrate that he/she has been a resident for one (1) year or more for the purposes of the EDC by using the date of issuance information from a W-2 form, a voter registration card, a permanent resident card, or a Virgin Islands driver’s license.
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IslandHops
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This is what is changing. The gist of what I got from the discussion for Bill 31-0292 is that if you move here for a job with an EDC company, then even after one year of working for an EDC company you would NOT be considered a 'local', even in your second year or going forward.

You would have had to have lived here for at least a year BEFORE being employed by an EDC company to be considered part of the 80%. This limits the ability of EDC companies to bring in persons with skills not available in the territory, as they would never be considered locals under that companies EDC benefit categories.

However the details of this legislation will not be available for review for a few days - even thought it has been passed by the legislature and sent to the Gov. Apparently because it has been rushed through it was just given a bill number and passed in the same session so it won't be on the bill tracker website for a few days.

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This is what is changing. The gist of what I got from the discussion for Bill 31-0292 is that if you move here for a job with an EDC company, then even after one year of working for an EDC company you would NOT be considered a 'local', even in your second year or going forward.

You would have had to have lived here for at least a year BEFORE being employed by an EDC company to be considered part of the 80%. This limits the ability of EDC companies to bring in persons with skills not available in the territory, as they would never be considered locals under that companies EDC benefit categories.

How is this different from the present requirement as excerpted previously?

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