2 Jun 2007

Guest worker permit bill in American Samoa signed into law

12:36 pm on 2 June 2007

American Samoa's Governor, Togiola Tulafono, has signed the territory's guest worker permit bill into law.

The bill authorises the Attorney General to issue year long permits for Samoan citizens hired by the two canneries and soon to be established call centres.

The law, which was passed in the first special session of the Fono is effective immediately.

The Governor says its his belief that the guest worker programme will help meet the demand for more workers for the canneries and the call centres.

The guest worker permit will only apply to the person hired and not their spouse or children.

No immigration bond is required but the bill requires the company sponsoring the worker to pay for all their debts in the event they leave without paying.

The law also provides amnesty for overstayers who are employed at the canneries and the proposed call centres.