Immigration issues discussed

Immigration issues were the focal point of discussions at the year’s first meeting of the Private Sector Consultative Committee last week, Minister Alden McLaughlin said at the Cabinet press briefing on Friday.

Although the committee held discussions on a wide range of concerns for the private sector, immigration was the hot topic.

‘We talked a lot about the immigration issues,’ Mr. McLaughlin said.

Work Permit Board Chairman David Ritch was also at the meeting, Mr. McLaughlin said.

‘He spoke at length about immigration matters, from the speed at which permits are processed to the fundamental issue of term limits.’

Also discussed were the possible ways of mitigating the impact of immigration policies, Mr. McLaughlin said.

Immigration issues were also discussed last week in a meeting of the Financial Services Council and at a government meeting with the Cayman Islands Bankers’ Association.

‘That’s at the forefront of everyone’s mind,’ Mr. McLaughlin said. ‘Government is anxious to address it.’

To that end, Mr. McLaughlin said Cabinet had met with the Immigration Review Team three full days already.

‘We probably have eight full days to go,’ he said.

The Cabinet is hopeful to have its recommendation on changes to the Immigration Law ready to be tabled by the May sitting of the House, Mr. McLaughlin said.

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