Applications for work permits in the Maldives may be submitted on-line starting February, the Human Resources Ministry (HRM) has said.
The system changeover will take place on February 1, 2012.
HRM has worked with the National Centre for Information Technology (NCIT) to create the internet-based work permit system.
According to local media, applications for new worker quotas must be submitted through the new system as well, while employment agencies are also asked to register via the new system.
With over 1,600 job opportunities in the Male’ region, only 300 people seeking employment have registered at the Human Resource Ministry’s career guidance center, reports Haveeru.
According to Deputy Minister Hussein Ismail, a survey conducted last month showed that there were 1,639 vacancies in private businesses and offices in Male’ alone. Some 24,094 employers in Male’ were surveyed.
However, only 300 people have applied at the ministry’s career guidance centre looking for jobs.
Of the total 22,642 employees in private enterprises in the Greater Male’ region, 10,210 are expatriates. Some 23,849 locals are meanwhile employed in the civil service.
The Department of Immigration is receiving complaints from the public of foreigners selling local produce brought to Male’ from the atolls.
Controller of Immigration Ilyas Hussein told Voice of Maldives that owners of stalls at the local market had requested the deportation of illegal migrant workers in the market area.
Ilyas said local businesses have been informed not to employ foreigners without valid work visas.
Meanwhile, the Human Resources Ministry has launched a joint operation with police to identify illegal immigrants in the atolls, reports Haveeru.
Deputy Minister Hussein said the ministry was collecting information from island offices and confiscating passports, which will be sent to the Department of Immigration.
The deportation process will be handled by the department using deposit funds, he said, adding that the ministry received a list of about 30 people last week from Laamu and Seenu atolls.
The Human Resource Ministry estimates that there are 16,000 illegal immigrants in the country.