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Proof of residency when returning to Cayman

Proof of residency when returning to Cayman

| 21/02/2019 | 5 Comments

As a Caymanian I recently travelled to Jamaica using my British passport on which I encountered resistance as I attempted to check in at the Cayman Airways counter in Kingston. The supervisor immediately asked that I show proof of residency in Cayman in order to board as I have no stamp in the passport to […]

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Old term limit needs two-year extension

Old term limit needs two-year extension

| 04/02/2019 | 3 Comments

I have a boyfriend who has been on a work permit for the last seven years and will be on rollover in September this year. I phoned the immigration department to inquire and I was told that the term limit has changed from seven to nine years therefore a further two-year extension can be sought. […]

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The penalties for overstaying

The penalties for overstaying

| 31/01/2019 | 3 Comments

Do you know what the consequences are for tourists who overstay one or two days? Auntie’s answer: Generally speaking, staying beyond the limit on a visa is a serious offence. However, there are clearly varying degrees and reasons for staying for longer than you are legally allowed to be here. A Department of Immigration official […]

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Maintaining Caymanian status if off-island

Maintaining Caymanian status if off-island

| 28/11/2018 | 9 Comments

Please can you check on how long you are allowed to be away if you have status and are naturalised with a Cayman passport?

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Spouse applying for RERC while overseas

Spouse applying for RERC while overseas

| 26/11/2018 | 1 Comment

Can a non-Caymanian spouse apply for the Residency and Employment Rights Certificate (RERC) and subsequently the rights to be Caymanian on the grounds of marriage while off island? Or does the couple/non-Caymanian spouse have to reside in Cayman during the process?

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Keeping PR if off-island for a year

Keeping PR if off-island for a year

| 29/10/2018 | 6 Comments

If you leave with permanent residency do you have to start over if you ever return? Can special circumstances be considered, like your mother is in her 80’s and you wanted to spend some time with her and she lives outside Cayman? Auntie’s answer: You do not have to start the process over but you […]

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Wants to hold an art retreat

Wants to hold an art retreat

| 15/10/2018 | 3 Comments

I am an artist that owns a vacation home on Grand Cayman. I would like to offer an art retreat at my home – charging my students for accommodation, meals and art lessons. Do I need a work visa to run this event? Auntie’s answer: To the reader who sent in this question, I know […]

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Legal entry needed for pregnant partner

Legal entry needed for pregnant partner

| 26/09/2018 | 5 Comments

If I am Caymanian and my partner is not but is carrying my child, how can I get my partner here legally? Auntie’s answer: Unfortunately, your situation doesn’t actually fall into a specific category under the law, a Department of Immigration (DOI) official explained, also pointing out the usual paths to gaining entry to Cayman, […]

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When working doesn’t need a work permit

When working doesn’t need a work permit

| 21/08/2018 | 13 Comments

I’m the spouse of a work permit holder. I have some work for an overseas company which I can do from home. What’s the legal position for me to do so? Am I expected to get a work permit (they have no physical presence in Cayman)? Auntie’s answer: Your particular circumstances apparently are not specifically […]

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Can my family apply to be naturalised?

Can my family apply to be naturalised?

| 06/08/2018 | 4 Comments

I am an expat who has worked with the government for the last 10 years. I do not have permanent residency. My daughter and wife are dependants on my contract and they have been here with me during that time except for about a year and a half when my wife was studying overseas and […]

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May a work permit holder rent out rooms?

May a work permit holder rent out rooms?

| 02/08/2018 | 11 Comments

Are there any restrictions on an ordinarily resident person renting out a room on a short-term basis (for example via Airbnb) in properties owned here on the islands? Does one need an extra work permit for this and is the dependent spouse free to get involved with the work that typically occurs with such an activity, […]

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Applying for right to be Caymanian

Applying for right to be Caymanian

| 25/07/2018 | 6 Comments

I am a Caymanian married to a non-Caymanian. She has permanent residency with the right to work and it expires in September (seven years). She went to immigration and was told she should apply for status, but she cannot do that until after seven years. Can PR be extended to allow for the status application […]

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Staying on island during immigration process

Staying on island during immigration process

| 18/07/2018 | 26 Comments

I am a non-Caymanian that has been married to a Caymanian for a couple of years and we are both living abroad at the moment. My wife has decided to move back to her Caymanian home to live. I have read the immigration requirements to apply for a Residency and Employment Rights Certificate (RERC) and it may take a few months to be […]

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Former overstayer wants to visit Cayman

Former overstayer wants to visit Cayman

| 10/07/2018 | 0 Comments

I have a friend who, 13 years ago, when he was 19, was “deported” because his employer held his passport and when he asked immigration for more time they informed him that he had overstayed (it wasn’t more than three months). Immigration then allowed him to stay one more week. He didn’t serve any jail […]

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Remaining in Cayman after quitting work

Remaining in Cayman after quitting work

| 25/06/2018 | 12 Comments

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? 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 […]

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