I am confused about what is required to apply for naturalisation versus status in Cayman. What is the difference between the two, which comes first, and what is the criteria to apply for either?
Auntie’s answer: Similar queries have popped up from time to time and I definitely expect to receive more questions on this subject. And I feel confident in saying that this is much more a reflection on how confusing the issue is than on anybody’s ability to understand how immigration works here.
I will offer quick answers to your questions, but for anyone who would like more details, please refer to this previous column on Naturalisation and applying for Caymanian status.
You need to be naturalised before you can apply for Caymanian status. You can apply for naturalisation one year after being granted permanent residency. You can apply for status after being legally resident in Cayman for 15 years, or five years after being naturalised, whichever comes first.
Once you are naturalised you can apply for a Caymanian passport. But, it is important to understand, that document does not confer the right to be Caymanian; you still need to apply for Caymanian status after the requisite time of residence.
The specifics of applying for Caymanian status can be found here on the Department of Immigration website.