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SELECTION PROCESS

According to the Ministry of Internal Affair’s Selection Policy, all Tongan nationals seeking to participate in these overseas seasonal employment programs will be selected according to a three-stage selection process, and must pass the requirements of each stage. All new Tongan seasonal workers will be required to meet the Ministry of Internal Affair’s Eligibility Requirements and Selection Criteria, without exception.

The three-stage Selection Process brings together biographical information from the applicant, police records, and information from trusted third parties from the local community in order to draw a full picture about the applicant who is then also interviewed and assessed by a central Selection Panel in order to ensure the consistent application of the Ministry of Internal Affair’s Selection Criteria. This process is as follows:

Stage 1: Screening based on biographical information

  • Employment Officers from the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) will  screen applicants based on information provided by applicants in Part 1 of the Ministry's Overseas Seasonal Employment Application Form which all applicants must complete.
  • Applicants who are married must obtain a letter of support from their spouse. Applicants who are unmarried must obtain a letter of support from their parents.
  • Applicants must submit a recent police record with their application.
  • Applicants must satisfy all MIA eligibility requirements to proceed to the next stage.

Stage 2: Screening by Independent Third Parties from the Local Community

  • Part 2 of the Ministry's Overseas Seasonal Employment Application Form, requests the assistance of  indendent, credible, third parties from the applicant's local community, including town and district officers, to  complete an evaluation form on the applicant and provide their informed, independent assessment as to whether the applicant satisfies the MIA Selection Criteria.
  • Applicants may also attach a Character References from their church or religious leaders or other community leaders to suppor their application.
  • Only applicants who are assessed by their Town and District officer as satisfying all MIA Selection Criteria will proceed to the next stage.

Stage 3: Interview by the Central Selection Panel

  • Applicants who have passed Stage 1 and 2 of the MIA Selection Process AND meet any additional Selection Criteria specified by the employer will be selected for Interview in order of earliest registration, and in groups coming from  the same vilalge/district where this is feasible.
  • Applicants will be interviewed by a panel comprising of 2 MIA officers from the Employment Division and 1 MIA officer from a different Division.
  • Interviewing officers cannot be directly related to the applicant.
  • Interviewing officers will be required to assess the applicant based on Ministry of Internal Affair’s Selection Criteria and any additional Selection Criteria specified by the employer and complete an evaluation form.
  • Only applicants who are assessed as satisfying all selection criteria, by all three panel members will be allowed to participate in the Overseas Seasonal Employment Programs.

Employers may also wish to specify additional Selection Criteria for their workers, e.g. age range, height, skills, previous work experience, village in order to establish community linkages etc. MIA will try to accommodate employer’s specifications as far as this is possible.

Employers may wish to nominate new workers on the basis of recommendations from group leaders and return workers who they trust. As part of MIA’s service promise and to ensure that employers obtain the skilled, productive, and reliable workers they need, these workers will still be required to undergo the three-stage Selection Process and must satisfy all requirements: e.g. they must satisfy all eligibility requirements, and must be assessed by the town and district officer and the central Selection Panel as satisfying all MIA Selection Criteria.

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