Over 800 PR applications reviewed since May

| 05/12/2017 | 39 Comments

(CNS): The Caymanian Status and Permanent Residency Board and administrative staff at the Department of Immigration have now considered 814 applications since work resumed in May after legal issues stalled the process and led to a backlog of over a 1,000 people waiting on decisions. So far, 385 applications (47%) have been approved, 183 have been refused another 186 have been deferred to allow people to submit more information. There are now 614 applications, including those made since the work restarted that remain to be considered. 

Officials said that the board will hold its last meeting before the holiday season on Thursday, 14 December, and will resume meetings  on Thursday, 11 January, but administrators at the Department of Immigration will continue to work throughout the holiday season as normal.

According to the holiday schedule, the immigration headquarters, including public counters and the passport and visa offices, will close on Friday, 22 December, at 11:30am and will reopen on Wednesday, 27 December, at 8:30am. The offices will close again on Friday, 29 December, at 11:30am and resume on Tuesday, 2 January, at 8:30am.

The Work Permit Board’s final meeting date this year will be Monday, 18 December, and will resume meetings on Wednesday, 3 January.

The Business Staffing Plan Board will have their last meeting of the year on Wednesday, 13 December, and resume on 17 January.

The administration, border control and enforcement sections will continue functioning as usual while the boards are on leave.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    You ask “what’s wrong with the Cubans” ???? Let me tell you “they are Cubans”! Understand .., they need to stay in Cuba !!!!!!




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  2. Anonymous says:

    I know this has to stop. How are we going sustain this rapid growth. I am so disappointed in the way Government is being run. There is no way we can solve and accommodated these stragglers – THEY NEED TO GO HOME and STAY. Mr. Premier you are in charge ARE YOU BLIND??????




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    • Anonymous says:

      Why every soul that lands in the Cayman Islands, applies for a permit, works for 5-8 years, believes he or she is entitled to stay here. When is this madness going to stop? Everyone is applying for PR. Why? They don’t have a home/country to return to?




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      • Anonymous says:

        Alden has created an entitlement for everyone but Caymanians.




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        • Anonymous says:

          100,000 is the goal. At that level, the current unemployed would be considered just a small statistic.




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          • Anonymous says:

            Yes there will be a small reserve set aside for Caymanians and their traditional ways of life. A brochure and Audio visual which show who the first caymanians once were.




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    • Anonymous says:

      No, you are the small minded bigot whose selfish fears have led to your right wing views.




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      • Savannah resident says:

        Or maybe the original poster recognizes that our Country infrastructure cannot cope with the rapid population growth we are experiencing. Every small island nation have some form of population control. Of course here in Cayman nothing will be done until its to late.




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      • Anonymous says:

        “Right wing views””. Ugh…. Do us a favor … go jump in a lake.




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  3. Anonymous says:

    So they get four weeks holiday for Christmas and people say there is no entitlement issue here? You begin to see where attitudes get formed when shown this kind of “leadership”. If I took more than 4 days at Christmas my job would be on the line…When there is an issue you stay on the job until it is sorted. Its like a reward for getting it wrong…




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    • Anonymous says:

      these persons n the Boards are volunteers not employees they deserve a month off!




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    • Anonymous says:

      Correct me if I’m wrong but the board is not getting four weeks holiday, they do this on a voluntary basis, it’s not their job.




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      • Anonymous says:

        Everyone on boards get paid , if they are Govt, workers then they get paid from their govt.jobs, if not then they get paid double, from their jobs and also from the board at the same time, for they never go off their wages when they sits on the board and gets paid from the board at the same time.




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    • really says:

      Most of the members are volunteers who have full time jobs, mostly in the private sector. Stop with the foolishness like you the only that works.




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  4. Anonymous says:

    Please let us not forget that many previous PR applicants who were successful still owe the CI government years of PR annual fees. Many of the applicants that are being processed may well ‘play by the rules’ until they are granted their PR. THEN and only THEN do we learn the truth about these people. Along with the demands being made by the ‘so-called’ supporters of persons applying for PR now, I beg to differ and ask these same persons to pressure the government to collect the heavy sums of money owed by the successful applicants of the past.




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    • Anonymous says:

      I have PR. I pay the annual fee. But… The reminder to pay does not show up on immigration online, the stamp in my passport does not have an expiry date prompting me to pay, i receive no email or mail statement requesting payment. And last year… I was several months late in paying and there was no issue leaving or entering the country.

      If I had a business that made millions of dollars a year, believe me, i would be sending annual statements, reminder letters, and use a collection agency if the bills were not being paid.




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    • Anonymous says:

      How many is ‘many’?




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    • Anonymous says:

      Alden must tell us about the outstanding fees. Are those outstanding fees being collected? Can we here from you?




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  5. A says:

    How often does the board meet now?




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  6. Unison says:

    smh … deep down, I think this is all because we have civil servants who are protectionists.

    They fear these applicants will take away Caymanian jobs or they will jump ahead of Caymanians!

    These applicants sacrificed and play by the rules, and we place them on a very very long wait list.

    😑




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    • Anonymous says:

      How can you make a general statement that they all played by the rules? Some have been promoted up but got their work permits renewed with their initial job title. Some may have made everyone’s life at work a living hell or opted out to pay rent regularly or on time, conducted a business without proper licensing and approvals etc. so I am not sure what you call “playing by the rules”.




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      • Unison says:

        Yes, but must the “good” ones suffer for the “bad” ones you mention?

        I am talking about the good ones.




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    • Anonymous says:

      ….or because eventually the Island will reach its breaking point when it comes to population??? Where will it end?




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      • Unison says:

        I understand your concern. We are also having problems with roads and the high volumn of traffic.

        But in regards to job creation, I think population should be managed by robust and healthy business growth in our islands, including Cayman Brac. As well, the more people is the more money is spent. I believe the challenge is for our government to create a cost-u-less environment for such a growth to happen. It will not be easy, but it is the better path to take than an arbitrary one.

        Any ideas? ☺




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  7. Anonymous says:

    Alden the destroyer




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  8. 3 grants a day keeps the lawsuit away!




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  9. Anonymous says:

    Do you have room for Jesus?




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    • Anonymous says:

      Who?




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    • Anonymous says:

      No Cubans.




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    • Unison says:

      Why yes …

      I for one believe in the message of Jesus. A wonderful story indeed of denying your self, picking up your cross, and doing the Creator’s will. The character may seem fictional to you … but there is nothing like a good ole story of sacrificial love, by a warm fire and a cup of tea. We can talk about it all night 😆




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      • Anonymous says:

        What is even better than the “sacrificial love” from a vengeful God who has left his creations to rot on earth for thousands of years even though his holy book said that within the apostles lifetimes he would return.

        Mark 9:1 And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”

        Unison read your own book cause evidently you’ve skipped bits




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        • Unison says:

          I know those words from the gospels. When I read the Bible I am selective. I don’t try to follow a book of many errors or apply everything to me. I use the Bible as a reference only based on my experiences and reason.

          I think its immature to not respect works that are older than our current civilization. These were written at different times and conditions. The Bible is great work of literature. No work is perfect.

          Again, despite its errors, it is beautifully interwoven with moral truths, which you and I could learn alot from. I also recommend reading the Bhagavad Gita, the Dhammapada, Upanishads, the Koran, and works from mystics – in humble spirit of reason and not mere conformity. There are great truths in all of these works to learn from 🙂✌




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  10. Anonymous says:

    No one should be applauding the government for taking steps to alleviate the issue that they caused by letting these applications sit in a room for years




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