Residency hearings under way

The Caymanian Status and Permanent Residency Board is now reviewing applications for Residency & Employment Rights Certificate under Section 29(1) of the Immigration Law, 2003, based on eight years or more residence in the Islands.

The Board recommends that applicants update their applications to reflect any change of circumstances since their submission, such as property acquired (either within the Cayman Islands or abroad) or sold, new jobs, salary adjustments, community involvement, educational enhancement and any Cayman connections, said a press release from the Board.

Such updated information should be forwarded to the Caymanian Status and Permanent Residency Board Secretariat by January 31, 2006. This information will assist the Board in making a fair assessment of each application, the release said.

Other individuals who may wish to apply for the Residency & Employments Rights Certificate are advised that the law requires them to have been legally and ordinarily resident for a continuous period of eight years immediately preceding the application. Any applications received before that time cannot be considered by the Board.

The Board further advises that persons who were legally and ordinarily resident for eight to 15 years on the commencement of the Immigration Law, 2003, (which was January 1, 2004) have until January 1, 2007 to submit an application for a Residency & Employment Rights Certificate under Section 29(1) of the Immigration Law, 2003.

Applicants should note that the Immigration Law, 2003 requires the Board to take into account their knowledge of the Cayman Islands. Accordingly, the Immigration Regulations set out the Points System used to assess applicants’ eligibility for the grant of permanent residence and require the Board to allocate a maximum of 20 points for a history/culture test, the release said.

In order to comply with the requirements of the Law and Regulations a history/culture test has been developed and applicants are encouraged to prepare for the test. To do so applicants may wish to read the Cayman Islands Hand Book, History of the Cayman Islands or Cayman Primary Social Studies Text Books 1-6, which can be found at book stores, the Education Department, the Turtle Farm, district libraries, the National Museum and some supermarkets.

For appointments to sit the test, applicants can contact the Caymanian Status and Permanent Residency Board Secretariat at 244-2099, 244-2082 or 244-2004.

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