48% of PR applications now approved

| 07/11/2017 | 40 Comments

(CNS): Over three hundred people who had been part of the backlog of permanent residency applications have now been granted that residency. Immigration administrative staff and the Caymanian Status and Permanent Residency Board have considered 623 applications and made decisions on 449 of them. 147 applications have been refused and another 134 have been deferred to allow the applicants to submit more information. The backlog, which was well over 1,000 when the consideration of applications began again in May, now stands at 825, as applications have been added to the numbers as the boards and staff continue their work.

After the well documented issues stalled the consideration of permanent residency applications for some three years, in October alone 159 applications were considered, 85 of which were approved, 20 were declined, 42 were deferred and another 12 were either withdrawn or were out of time.

Although government appears to have got to grips with the controversial situation that caused the application process to stall, legal cases continue through the courts, with some applicants seeking damages over the excessive delay of their applications as well as the outcome. While a small number of cases have made it to the court listings, none of the cases have yet been aired in a public hearing.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    yes…. expat permanent residents are good. they ware educated, work hard and don’t commit crime.
    what more could a country ask for???




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  2. Anonymous says:

    Such a shame that almost 50% of the folks who demise the gov get to stay now. Wow…lets see whos doing what for pr points in the paper today.




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  3. Anonymous says:

    Don’t worry all those expats approved will leave again shorty after the release of the paradise papers these tax haven countries will be clamped down on and so jobs will be lost as business will be lost.




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  4. Anonymous says:

    Good luck paying for public schools and prisons when the expats all leave. They use neither but largely pay for both.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Your ignorance is astounding. The majority of students in one government school alone were expats at one point (GT Primary) and around a third of Northward’s occupants are expats.




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      • Anonymous says:

        Are Jamaicans expats..?




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      • Fred the Piemaker says:

        You have some official stats to support that? Last numbers I saw on Northward had the prison population at way less than 33% expat, and how can a government school be majority expat when Caymanians are given priority for places and the only expats with even a look in are going to be civil servants? Doesn’t make sense, but if you have some hard facts please cite them and I will believe you.




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        • Anonymous says:

          Any child of any civil servant can attend government schools for free. It is one of the perks. Similarly, any child of any permanent resident or spouse of a Caymanian can attend government schools for free, and many do. Finally, anyone granted status who then brings their foreign children to Cayman can put their child in a government school. This was particularly the case after the cabinet status grants and resulted in numerous government schools having to deal with a very substantial influx of non Caymanian students.




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  5. Anonymous says:

    CNS – of those actually determined the approval rate is more than two thirds. If so many people were going to qualify why were they kept waiting for so long?




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    • Anonymous says:

      They’re all getting max points for their occupations remember. That will have pushed dozens just over the line. And for the last time they couldn’t hand pick the applications they thought would succeed or fail and deal with them first. That would have required prejudging all of them, which isn’t legally permissible.




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      • Anonymous says:

        Many people are passing by more than 30 or 40 points. Arguments over whether they should get 4 or 10 for occupation are irrelevant and for most, always were.




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    • Anonymous says:

      It is very scary that so many are being approved. Its bad news for the society moving ahead if this process is being rushed through and persons aren’t being vetted properly. bad for Caymanians and expats alike.




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      • Fred the Piemaker says:

        Rushed through? Resident for 8 years before you can apply, then takes 3 years to process, and all along have to maintain clean medical and criminal records checks. How long do you think a more careful process should take, and what exactly do you think should be added by way of additional vetting?




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      • Anonymous says:

        They may not be being vetted properly but they are being vetted in accordance with Alden’s system. Maximum points for everyone no matter what their job! Well done Alden. All it pretty much takes is a menial part time job, and a baby mama and you can get through. Some standards you set there but hey – given the standards you set to graduate from high school around here, why should we be surprised.




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  6. Anonymous says:

    Your constant issue with expats will most likely go away shortly ( along with government finances) if the EUs persecution of the UK and the BOTs is not stopped dead in its tracks. Do you think for one minute the Paradise papers release ( which so far have shown no criminal acts at all) is coincidence with Brexit? I would bet the EU paid the hackers…however this has the ability to potentially bring all Legally working BOTs down…and we will be gone. And so will your social services and many local jobs. 2100 Caymanians work in FS? Jobs on the line, the same as ours. Legal challenge needed.




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  7. Caymanite says:

    What about getting a team to work on taking P/R away from all those not paying their fees and abiding by the law. I hear it has something to do with their Human rights which is BS. They are being rewarded for breaking the law. Take it away and deport them.




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  8. "Anonymousir" says:

    WORD … as if we needed anymore “paper caymanians” .. thanks CIG!




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  9. Anonymous says:

    So we have the ungrateful litigious ones who sued the country that actually awarded them PR (but it took too wong…sniff sniff) and I personally know some of the other lucky recipients…trust me that is one low bar they are vetting with.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Yeh 1.44, how dare they complain about their human rights abuses. Nutter. CIG knows where that fight will end…and if the bar is set low, it would be Caymanians who set it..tricky that, eh?




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      • Anonymous says:

        Oh you’re another moron going off about some un-specified human rights….we can take as long as we want and in turn the applicant can abandon at any time. The current CIG has no back bone and the result is approval of many undesireables such as you seem to be. Go home guy!




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        • Anonymous says:

          The unspecified human rights laws written into international law that Cayman signed up to? You are just another Cayman criminal law breaker. You always know you have one the argument when the reply is “go home”. Is that all you got, hater?




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    • Anonymous says:

      No one sued the country. Some brave souls sued a government that was breaking its own laws. The issue should be with the government. Not the people who finally forced it to obey the law.




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  10. Anonymous says:

    the future of young and old Caymanians is looking very bad.

    I would bet that none of the politicians family members are jobless.




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  11. Anonymous says:

    keep ’em coming.




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  12. Anonymous says:

    This is pure bullshit! On an island this size, the only path to PR/Citizenship should be through marriage or proven Caymanian lineage I.e. grandparents and parents. When people come here on work permits it should remain just that. A work permit valid for X amount of time, then you leave. If the island were bigger, I’d think much differently but Caymanians are already at a huge disadvantage. The island is over populated with people and cars. When is enough, ENOUGH?!?




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    • Anonymous says:

      Another narrow minded post…..where I can understand patrionism & as much as Cayman is a phenomenal country, i’d sometimes love to see the wealth that is directed here redirected somewhere else. You’ll get your wish of the removal of the expat community but the country on a whole without the financial services industry would certainly be a different place…..& not in a good way for Caymanians!




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    • Anonymous says:

      This is a couple of hundred productive people over something like 7 years. They are people who create jobs not take them away. Try not to overdo yourself.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Sure to attract only the brightest and best with that policy.




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  13. Diogenes says:

    Wait till CMR and KT catch a whiff of this, they might just drop dead,

    Diogenes




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    • Anonymous says:

      Both have made complete fools of themselves. Not sure how they expect any one with an ounce of common sense to take them seriously.




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      • Anonymous says:

        The latest being KT’s new video addressing the premier. I am actually embarrassed for her. Her and her little posse have zero power and it’s because of her behaviour. No class.




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  14. Anonymous says:

    Alden has destroyed the futures of thousands of young Caymanians…however on the bright side his family is doing fine.




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