146 PR applications now approved

| 15/09/2017 | 64 Comments

(CNS): The administrative staff from immigration and members of the Caymanian Status and Permanent Residency Board are making significant progress on the massive backlog of residency applications which accumulated as a result  of a number of problems presented by the 2013 legislative change. According to the latest figures released by government Thursday, 146 people have now been granted the right to permanently live in Cayman while 88 have now been refused.

Almost a quarter of all the outstanding applications have been dealt with, though out of those 68 have been deferred to allow applicants to update their information. A total of nine applications have either been withdrawn by the applicants or they came in too late for them to be considered.

Just a few months ago the backlog seemed insurmountable, but government has focused the necessary resources and is making headway. Last week, as he departed his role as chair of the board after eight years in the job, Waide Dacosta highlighted a plethora of problems that has plagued the decision-making process surrounding the applications for PR and Caymanian Status for years.

As John Meghoo now takes over, the newly constituted board still has well over 600 outstanding PR applications to consider alongside the board’s other work, and despite the recent progress, the issues regarding how foreign workers become Caymanian is likely to remain a controversial and challenging issue.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    This board needs to have members who knows the Public well. It is very important that we Caymanize good law abiding Citizens. Not only the wealthy but folks of good morale. The ruination of these boards is that they are comprised of Supporters who most of the time don’t have anything to offer.




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  2. Anonymous says:

    To 9:55, The US isn’t taking just anybody anymore, we already have taken in over 100,000 of you over the past 30 years. It time for you to give-up what you have been taking for many past recent generations: other peoples stolen money, other peoples jobs, other peoples benefits, other people health-care, other people economies, other peoples skills, other peoples time, other peoples tranquility and peace of mind that come from others peoples’ modern cultures.




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    • Anonymous says:

      You are so well informed, I am lost for words…. NOT !!!!




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      • Anonymous says:

        I guess monotonous group-thinkers like yourself keep churning out generic ideas until we are all one big mental mush that does not match reality anymore- you deserve an Emmy. You are a star, you are a leader.




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      • Anonymous says:

        you arn’t at a lost of words, you are just lost…the scam is up.




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  3. Anonymous says:

    anybody who is refused….sue CIG!!!!
    easy money…….




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  4. Expat Cayman says:

    You all Premier said no mass PR grants……ha ha ha you all got suckerd! Thank you Mr. Premier!




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    • Anonymous says:

      Mass would be all approved. Suspect you are no expat. You would fail the English test.




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      • Anonymous says:

        Mass can mean large coherent group…or majority of…etc so maybe when your mommy said you were “special” she meant “short bus special”. We don’t need your deluded inflated ego so why not just go home?




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        • Jotnar says:

          “Mass can mean large coherent group…or majority of”…So neither criteria has been met yet – less than 15% of the applications, and being awarded in dribs and drabs on a weekly basis rather than en bloc. At the same time “mass” clearly doesn’t mean all.

          Rather than argue over the semantics why don’t both of you focus on the issues




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          • Anonymous says:

            Jotnar, the last mass grant was, to my understanding, a case of “anyone who applied within a certain window”. I used it in that context, although you are right I did not write that.




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  5. Anonymous says:

    Yep they were working overseas but I haven’t heard of anyone bringing Law suits for citizenship against the host countries.They did their work, when the contract was up most of them returned. Those who applied for.citizenship waited for up to 15 years, if granted they stayed and periodically visited, the others gladly returned home. No law suit . I hope after this backlog is cleared up that some drastic amendments are made so this will never happen again. Going forward PR. Should only be granted on merit instead of tenure and points. This 2×4 rock cannot accommodate so many. Alden McLaughlin has done a rediculous treasonous act. What a legacy to leave behind. Don’t know how he can look at himself in the mirror.




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    • Anonymous says:

      @7:04 pm
      you missed the point big way. Lawsuits are for financial damages.




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      • Anonymity says:

        Caymanians should sue the CIG for failing to enforce the work permit advertising laws and the training laws




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        • Anonymous says:

          That should be a slam dunk…your leader actually said he supports giving management level permits as it creates lower level positions for Caymanians…there a guy who wants to stay at above his citizens…he has made the working guests the entitled….any Jamaican judge can see that.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Wrong! This 2×4 wrong can accommodate so many. These people have been here for the last decade. News flash if these people were denied they would have been replaced by new expats. If they qualified it is safe to assume they have been good citizens and are financially stable. Why don’t we welcome them?




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      • Nunya says:

        I think 7:04 means going forward




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      • Very concern Caymanian says:

        Because businesses are suppose to have a training progamme as part of their business plan. This shows that the politicians do not care about the young Caymanians.We are not the USA Who is so large they can take everyone. Even the Uk had to exit the EU and immigration was the main issue.
        Re-instate the term limit without any key employee Mr. Premier for the future young Cahmanians.




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        • Anonymous says:

          “Because businesses are suppose to have a training progamme as part of their business plan.”
          @Very concern Caymanian, what do you mean by saying that?




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          • Sue the CIG and Employers says:

            The law is very clear that companies are suppose to advertise positions for caymanians and pr holders and also train caymanians into those roles held by work permit holders. This is being ignored by CIG and lazy corrupt employers. A caymanian would have a case against the CiG for not enforcing the law when they are rejected for a position by an employer based on some nonsensical requirement that fits their preferred work permit holder resume. Eg must have 10 years experience when they have 6. The employers like the work permit scheme as they do not have to train and can import the skills required. They also do not have to offer much in terms of salaries in an over supplied labour market. They can also hire people that are closer to their culture. By removing rollover the expats will now stay in their positions. Salaries and opportunities will dry up and school leavers will have less chance of finding a job. Alden should be remembered by Caymanians in the same way that Germans will remember Merkel.




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        • Anonymous says:

          9.55…it is all very well having the training, and I agree with it in principle, but the issue is (in financial services at least) that all the Caymanians with good degrees are doing well at accountancy or law or similar firms, whilst those who should be trained as plumbers/carpenters/brick layers either cannot get that training here or don’t want it. We have been looking for a candidate for me to train…currently there are none suitable. And we will not just give the job to anyone to “tick the box”, the real world does not work like that.




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          • Anonymous says:

            They aren’t necessarily doing well in financial services….they are often under employed with no potential progression.




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  6. Anonymous says:

    Considering the number of years, this is nothing. Even if they all get status at some point, it’s a drop in the bucket (unless they all moved to North Side and voted against Ezzard which could be a plus.)




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  7. Anonymous says:

    Alden see if someone from BVI can help us with the disaster you’ve caused!




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  8. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations to all the worthy and successful recipients that made the cut – apologies for the unacceptable delay, and best wishes for timely and respectful due process on your next applications. From all the kinder Caymanians we say, “welcome” and “thank you” for your contributions and perseverance! Please also find it in your hearts to forgive those who have trespassed against you, and caused so much grief!




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  9. Anonymous says:

    Here it comes, Alden’s equivalent of the Status grants! I guess him and Mac running the country together is what the voters get for electing those two! Christ I’m depressed




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    • Anonymous says:

      You should be depressed…your government (particularly Alden) seems to care only about foreign interests…they are giving away your opportunities and your children’s opportunities and making our working guests the entitled…for years we’ve been begging Alden to change his devastating immigration policy of ignoring the laws for benefit of work permit revenues and but he has shrugged it off and now all there is for Caymanians is often short term low end employment positions…Alden is the weakest leader you have ever had and has done more damage then any prior government to your future.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Me too!!!!!!!




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  10. Cayman Free Loaders Assoc says:

    Yes Generic Expats appears to be all we seem to attract here lately coming here to pillage and rape our little economy and subvert Caymanians in their own society after contributing little or nothing to it.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Sucks to be so mediocre eh?




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    • Jotnar says:

      So all those applicants that have demonstrated community service, financial independence and investment of significant amounts of money in the local economy t get past the points threshold are pillaging ad raping Cayman whilst contributing nothing? Can you explain that curious as to what basis you have for thinking that given the points system, Or is it just good old gut instinct on your part?




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  11. Cayman Dispatcher says:

    146 way toooo much, we have too many parsites here now Generic Expat you got that right too many unnnah here now choking up roads and puttin a real strain on our infrastructure. Now we bringing riff raff from other BOTC who will never leave these shores now Cayman in a real mess!




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    • Anonymous says:

      With out them Your little Island would sink. To make Cayman work takes us all. We may not always like what we get, but Cayman seems to take what it needs. You cannot get milk with out a cow, a cow must eat grass, grass through the cow =????




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    • Anonymous says:

      There is much more than 146. I am sure most application has more than one person.




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    • Anonymous says:

      The infrastructure paid for by the WP fees, government fees on financial services entities, import taxes on the products they buy? So if they weren’t here, the infrastructure most likely wouldn’t be.




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  12. Anonymous says:

    Just out of curiosity, is there a number in regards to population limited the Government has in mind? At what point is there no more capacity or the population is too big for this Island which makes living here unpleasant for its residents?




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    • Anonymous says:

      100,000 population is what most of the big businesses and the powers that be are aiming for.




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      • Anonymous says:

        Jeez, you would get suffocated with your own waste and failed infrastructure. Don’t forget you also want more cruise ship visitors.
        Read today’s Miami Herald “Built for bottleneck: Is Florida growing too fast to evacuate before monster storms?”




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      • Anonymous says:

        Too late. Given the reproduction rate of some of our poorer imports we will be there within 20 years and will need to import 100,000 wealthy people on top just to pay for it.




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      • Nunya says:

        100,000 and no proper plan. Nothing has been done to deal with the infrastructure issues that comes with a population of that size. Nothing is said about how we will deal with traffic, garbage disposal, general social issues, educational programs (the plan to finish the building is not enough if we are churning out the same results), etc. We can’t manage the issues we have now yet we forge on with some arbitrary number in the name of economic progress. History has shown us (with the mass status grants) what such actions lead to. So I guess we have learned nothing from past mistakes.

        The lack of foresight in this country is staggering.




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      • William H Shatner says:

        100,00 is the minimum ideal to introduce a low income tax. Anything less and the cost to implement is more than can be gained. Once this is in place and a self sustaining revenue is achieved, the UN mandate for separation is met.




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        • Anonymous says:

          And if we wait for pure Caymanians to breed 100,000 we will never get there.. Plus all that inbreeding needs some sorting out, hence expats needed..




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      • Cogs are turning says:

        10000 is the golden number …. in more ways than people realise.




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  13. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations and support are deserved. The Department is performing these responsibilities extremely well.




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  14. Anonymous says:

    Now that the “log in the road” has been removed we should see more approved at a faster pass!




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  15. Generic Expat says:

    Unacceptable! The head of PR should be fired. You should be fired and while we’re at it, I should be fired as well. This place is going to hell in a handbasket and I’m withdrawing my cat’s pension. Enjoy your mosquitos and fancy ropes.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Do it, before you can, for those who would leave their pensions here would never see it again. Remember how they expropriated “dormant” accounts that were only dormant for 3 years? They would enact new law to make it possible again.
      By the way 2 more cyclone formations on the horizon.




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    • Anonymous says:

      …but first I think I’ll sue the country that gave me this opportunity because I was allowed work here tax free under operation of the law for 3 more years…you bas…ds! Don’t you realize what I’ve done for you…you were nothing 10-13 years ago before me…you owe me…I’m very important..pay attention to me!!




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    • Anonymous says:

      As the old Caymanians used to say, “Go far and stay long!”




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      • Anonymous says:

        Except you couldn’t hear them because they were all working overseas.




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        • BO says:

          2:59 sorry you got it wrong not overseas on the seas now I hope you get it! that’s a difference.




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          • Anonymous says:

            Wrong! Where were they getting on these ships? It wasn’t Hog Sty Bay! It was in Cuba, Miami and Texas. Overseas seems fair.




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          • Jotnar says:

            After WWII. Before that, Florida, Nicaragua, Honduras. The merchant seamen period was comparatively short in relation to the history of the islands – maybe 30 years or so – but people prefer to remember that rather than the migrant agricultural labour.




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          • Erasmo know Bodden says:

            I seem to remember that most were on United bulk containers doing non unionised work durino a period of industrial disputes. The remittances sent home were building houses in stages. Got a feeling no one wants to be reminded of this though.




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