WORC takes on former immigration chief

| 26/09/2018 | 14 Comments
Cayman News Service

Jeremy Scott

(CNS): Jeremy Scott, a former assistant chief immigration officer, has been recruited to the government’s new employment unit, the Workforce Opportunities & Residency Cayman (WORC), as a deputy director. Officials said that Scott has 21 years of experience with the immigration department and will have oversight of all compliance activities at WORC’s internal operations and with its external stakeholders. He will supervise decisions regarding work permits, business staffing plans, and Cayman status and permanent residency applications to ensure proper policies and procedures are followed.

In a press release about his appointment, which began at the beginning of the month, WORC Interim Director Sharon Roulstone said his immigration experience, particularly in the compliance field, makes him a valuable addition to the team.

“Jeremy’s new responsibilities will create the oversight necessary to ensure the legislation and policies governing WORC are enforced proactively – a function that has been lacking for years,” said Roulstone. “Through his process of managing investigations, Jeremy will also prepare cases and recommend case files to be dealt with either administratively, or referred to the Department of Public Prosecution for legal advice.”

Scott said he was looking forward to using his experience.

“Having a professional background within the Department of Immigration, I am looking forward to the positive contributions I can make to the overall delivery of service mandated of this new government department,” he said. “This department will have an important impact on the people and businesses of these islands.”

WORC is a new government department that merges elements of the immigration department and the labour department. A brain child of the premier, the goal is to completely revamp how government oversees the recruitment of the necessary foreign labour while still protecting and promoting opportunities for locals in the workforce.

The agency is expected to be open to the public by January.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Really…so is this somehow supposed represent change from the really ineffective immigration department/board that we had?

  2. anonymous says:

    I just realised what WORC stands for – “Working On Creating Chiefs”, can Ms Roulstone summarise how many we have so far?.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Very happy to see Jeremy take this role. He is an all around respectable and deserving guy and the perfect fit for this role. Well done Jeremy and best of luck in this new challenge!

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    • Mike says:

      Agree with you 1.25 pm. An excellent selection, and a big loss to Immigration Dept. Best wishes to Jeremy in new post.

  4. Anonymous says:

    That acronym is completely counterintuitive.

    “WORC”, ugh.

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  5. Isaac R. says:

    Congratulations Jeremy

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  6. Lisa says:

    I agreed 7.02pm. WORC wont have any teeth. it will be just as bad as the NWDA, full of false promises.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    No one more deserving for that position, congratulation my friend.????

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations Jeremy. You will be great for this position and hopefully you will not be drawn into being a yes man for the organisation. Watching and looking forward to great things from you in this new department.

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  9. Anonymous says:

    WORC is just another way to win votes and is going to be a waste!

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  10. Anonymous says:

    At least working at immigration he was engaged in REAL work. WORC is a meaninless and useless creation of CIG. Doubt he would be professionally satisfied. Not an intellectually challenging position and job.

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    • Anonymous says:

      I don’t think you understand the impact that WORC potentially has. With Jeremy in a top spot, I have confidence that it will effectively amalgamate Immigration, Customs and Labour while streamlining the beauacracy. Thumbs up.

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