A multi-year entry permit is now available to government-contracted employees, employees of statutory bodies, and people with indefinite work permit exemptions who have lived here consistently for five years or more, government announced Monday.

Acting Chief Immigration Officer Geraldine Ritter-Freeman said the permits will be granted in three-year intervals instead of annually, and will be given after the expiration of each individual’s current entry permit.

“This will positively impact those persons and their dependents who are ordinarily resident in the territory but are still subject to immigration control,” Ms. Ritter-Freeman said. “It will also aid in enhancing the department’s operations as we seek to provide efficient and reliable services to the public.”

She added that the permit is not automatic, explaining that it will be issued “by the interviewing officer based on the individual’s satisfactory history with the department.”

The cost of the three-year permit initially will be $75, as per the immigration regulations. However, that cost is likely to change pending a proposed increase in immigration fees slated for this year, according to government.

For more information, call the Immigration Department at 468-3701, extension 4700 or 4705.