On July 2, government announced that residents experiencing economic hardship during the pandemic had eight days to register online for assistance under a temporary cash transfer initiative.

Registration closed Friday for the Covid-19 Income Support Programme, which primarily targets people who are unemployed or underemployed as a result of the pandemic, according to Government Information Services.

Applicants had to be Virgin Islanders or belongers or hold a valid work permit or work permit exemption.

In addition, they had to meet various other criteria:

  • they must have been continually employed in the territory from Sept. 1, 2019 to March 11, 2020;
  • they must be currently unemployed or employed fewer than 35 hours per week;
  • they must be available to work
  •  they must be between the ages of 17 and 65
  • and they must not have received assistance from the unemployment/underemployment benefit administered by the BVI Social Security Board or any other government-led Covid-19 income support programmes.

Applicants were required to upload identification documents that reflect their status in the territory, such as passports, work permits, birth certificates or naturalisation certificates, according to GIS.

Registration ended Friday.