Remaining in Cayman after quitting work

| 25/06/2018

I will quit working in October. My work permit expires in December. Would I be able to stay on island another 20-30 days after I quit working?

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Auntie’s answer: First of all, for anyone who is not aware, under the Immigration Regulations (2015 Revision), it is required that if someone who holds a work permit stops working before it expires, the “employer shall forthwith  give written notice” to the Department of Immigration (DOI). Section 9 of the regulations specifies that failure to do so is an offence.

As to your specific question, a DOI official explained that immigration officers “use their discretion on the amount of time that is given” to anyone seeking a visitor’s extension, which would apply to you once you quit your job.

You would need to fill out the relevant application which can be found here.

Along with the form, you have to go the DOI office with evidence of your ability to support yourself, travel documents such as a passport or other means to identify yourself, your embarkation/disembarkation card, a plane ticket out and the appropriate fee.

“The information provided on the completed form and the accompanying documentation will assist the immigration officer in determining the authorised length of stay,” the DOI official said.

The regulations mentioned in this column can be found on the CNS Library

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Wow, according to the attachments they want Caymanians to get tourist stamps until they have been acknowledged. Good luck with that!

  2. Anonymous says:

    In this case where the employer is required to notify Immigration that the work permit holder no longer has employment, how is it that an employment agency can apply and be granted a work permit when there is no specific job for a candidate and the candidate be here on island looking for other employment opportunities? I have known this to be true over the past couple of years. I know at least three visitors to island earlier this month being told that the employment agencies will find them a job and that they were advised to go home and quit their current employment and come here on a temporary permit and wait for a position. Auntie, will you explain to me where the law provides for the employment agencies to be granted permits for where there are no actual positions?

    • Anonymous says:

      I think the point is that they are employees of the recruitment agent in those circumstances even if they are not doing any work or getting paid without an actual placement.

      • Anonymous says:

        The law requires proving there is work to do before a permit can be granted.

        • Anonymous says:

          The work permit is with the agency. They provide temp staff on short notice to employers across the island. They usually have temporary work placements lined up before flying candidates in.

      • Anonymous says:

        26/6 3.19pm .and that is a big part of the unemployment/Labour problems in Cayman. Now that is something for the Opposition to sink their teeth into. Let’s have an investigation of these agencies and their practices. Bet it won’t happen though, they would rather go after one Civil Servant who may or may not have forgotten something.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Or, just ask your employer not to pull your permit. No refund is due on it anyway and why bother with all of the extra work mentioned above.
    You may not like it but this is how it has been done for as long as I have been aware (I’ve been here 30 years). And it doesn’t hurt anyone. Please do tell me if it genuinely does.
    As long as you are on good terms with your employer… Don’t burn bridges!

    • Anonymous says:

      Except that according to the Immigration Law that would be a crime.

      • Anonymous says:

        So is driving over the speed limit and many other things, but take a look around you.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’m not a mathematician, but I believe 20-30 days “after you quit working” would have been sometime last November.

    • Anonymous says:

      You aren’t a mathematician or a good reader. They “will” quit in October.

      • Anonymous says:

        LOL!! I don’t know why that took me off guard. Thanks for the giggle first thing this morning.