Tag: permanent residency

‘Rollover’ on the cards for CIG expat workers

‘Rollover’ on the cards for CIG expat workers

| 28/05/2024 | 102 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Government is considering introducing term limits, also known as ‘rollover’, for foreign contracted staff in the civil service, placing them on an equal footing with employees in the private sector who are required to leave after ten years if they don’t secure permanent residency. Officials have confirmed that Deputy Governor Franz […]

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Another record toppled as permits climb to  37,437

Another record toppled as permits climb to  37,437

| 14/05/2024 | 62 Comments

(CNS): The latest statistics supplied to a local law firm by WORC revealed that, as of 18 April, there were 37,437 work permits in effect in the Cayman Islands, which is up by 465 since March and yet another record. Jamaicans still comprise the biggest group of foreign workers at 15,519, or 41% of all current […]

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Permanent residents owing fees face losing rights

Permanent residents owing fees face losing rights

| 09/05/2024 | 39 Comments

(CNS): Permanent Residents who have not paid their annual fees are being urged to pay up or face the loss of the right to live in the Cayman Islands. As part of Workforce Opportunities and Residency Cayman’s ongoing commitment to ensure compliance with immigration regulations, the department is reminding those with PR to pay the […]

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Number of work permit holders reaches new record

Number of work permit holders reaches new record

| 19/03/2024 | 103 Comments

(CNS): After a slight decline at the end of last year, the number of work permit holders in the Cayman Islands, as of 11 March, reached a new record high of 36,972. According to a freedom of information request made by local attorneys HSM, this is an increase of 1,529 new permit holders since the […]

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Over 1,000 people waiting for PR and status decisions

Over 1,000 people waiting for PR and status decisions

| 15/01/2024 | 189 Comments

(CNS): The new Caymanian Status and Permanent Residency Board could be facing five new applications for the Right to be Caymanian every weekday for the next decade, based on the current number of people qualifying following years of widespread exemptions from term limits and the lowering of barriers, local lawyers are warning. There is now […]

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Minister gives conflicting views on immigration

Minister gives conflicting views on immigration

| 19/09/2023 | 93 Comments

(CNS): Labour Minister Dwayne Seymour, as a guest on Radio Cayman on Monday, failed to outline any specific plans the PACT government has to solve Cayman’s growing immigration challenges. Claiming he knew nothing about Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan’s controversial billboard demanding “Immigration Reform Now!”, Seymour expressed very mixed views about what needs to be reformed […]

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Number of work permit holders exceeds 36,000

Number of work permit holders exceeds 36,000

| 21/06/2023 | 155 Comments

(CNS): There are currently 36,049 work permit holders in the Cayman Islands, another new record that is nevertheless increasing every day by around 12 new arrivals. The latest statistics released by Workforce Opportunities and Residency Cayman (WORC) on Friday show that the number of expatriate workers has increased by almost 1,900 since February.

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Vaccine mandate for permit holders lifted

Vaccine mandate for permit holders lifted

| 12/06/2023 | 23 Comments

(CNS): The legal requirement for non-Caymanian residents and their dependents to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 has been lifted. From Friday, applicants for work permits (new and renewals), permanent residency, specialist caregiver certificates, student visas or Cabinet entry permits, as well as dependents no longer need to prove they are vaccinated, according to government officials.

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Ministers want to lock gate on Cabinet status grants

Ministers want to lock gate on Cabinet status grants

| 29/05/2023 | 192 Comments

(CNS): Ministers Kenneth Bryan and Dwayne Seymour have called for a freeze on granting Caymanian status to residents who have been here for at least 15 years or who apply through Cabinet. The government frontbenchers said this was their own view and not yet a PACT policy, as it hadn’t been discussed. But they said […]

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Lawyer urges gov’t not to stop PR process

Lawyer urges gov’t not to stop PR process

| 06/04/2023 | 153 Comments

(CNS): Given the number of issues impacting WORC and the local immigration system following the change in ministers and the recent appeal court ruling, local attorney Nick Joseph is urging the government not to pause the processing of permanent residency applications. With delays already mounting, he said the issues emerging over the last few weeks […]

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Is the PR history and culture test fit for purpose?

Is the PR history and culture test fit for purpose?

| 04/04/2023 | 68 Comments

Nick Joseph writes: For many years, persons seeking to obtain permanent residence in the Cayman Islands have taken a history and culture test. It started as a mechanism to attempt to measure a person’s assimilation into the Caymanian community. Being able to hum a verse of “Munzie Boat” and understanding that “soldiers” wear shells, not […]

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