Speaking at a news conference yesterday, he said he recognised “there has been a level of sensitivity about reporting breaches”, and that it takes roughly two to three months to investigate legitimate complaints.
The Minister also stressed that anonymity is a key part of the process in addition to relying on the public, tips from other departments or the police.
Anonymous calls can be made to 296-5202, and the department can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the public can also visit the department at 30 Parliament Street in Hamilton to speak with a compliance inspector, or send in details.
“If you see an individual or company in breach of the law, take on the responsibility to do the right thing, and file a report,” said Mr Caines.
- Employers and/or employees who are suspected of being in breach of the Work Permit Policy
- Employers and/or employees suspected of operating beyond the scope of their approved work permit category
- Individuals who remain in Bermuda past the date permitted
- Any other matters where it is believed that someone has breached any of the provisions of the Bermuda Immigration and Protection Act 1956 or its related policies and procedures
Photos Courtesy of DCI, Group Photo (l-t-r): Chair of the Immigration Board, Mrs. Renee Ming, Minister of National Security, Wayne M. Caines, Department of Immigration Principal Compliance Officer, Mr. Mikkel Harris.